Chrome Tabs keeps Auto Refreshing itself Fix

No doubt auto-refresh of web pages is very useful, especially during live and important events like election results, news, etc the contents will be updated at regular intervals of the web page auto-refresh. But this becomes annoying when you are reading the content of any web page or you are in the middle of a particular research article website. If you feel that the specific website does not require frequent automatic refreshes you can disable the feature. In this article let us see a few methods to stop the auto-refresh of chrome tabs.

Method 1: Re-start Chrome Browser


Step 1: Close and Reopen Chrome browsers do not work, you need to kill all the background processes related to chrome. So, right-click on the windows taskbar and select Task Manager


Task Manager


Step 2: In the processes tab, find Google Chrome, right-click on it and select End task


End Task


Step 3: Similarly find if there are any other entries of Chrome in the task manager and end them.

Step 4: Now open Chrome and check if it is working as expected

Method 2: Disable Meta Refresh


Step 1: Open the Run prompt using Windows + R keys together. Type inetcpl.cpl and hit enter


Internet Properties


Step 2: This will open the internet properties window. Select the Security tab and click on the Custom level button


Security Tab


Step 3: Scroll down and find the Miscellaneous section. Under the miscellaneous section find “Allow META REFRESH

Step 4: Now select Disable option by clicking on the radio button beside it

Step 5: This will disable the auto-refresh option. Click on OK


Disable Autorefresh


Step 6: Restart your computer and check if the issue is solved

Method 3: Check The Chrome Extensions


Step 1: Remove the unwanted extensions, to do that open your chrome browser and click on the three dots at the top right corner. From the list, select More tools


More Tools


Step 2: Now, click on Extensions




Step 3: To remove the extensions click on the Remove button.


Remove Extension


Step 4: To disable the extensions, click on the toggle bar.


Disable Extension


Step 5: Else if you want to check which extension is consuming more RAM and then end that process, click on the three dots at the top right corner. From the list, select More tools


More Tools


Step 6: And then click on Task manager


Task Manager Extension


Step 7: Select the extension that is consuming more memory and then click on the end process


End Process


Method 4: Disable Auto Discardable Option


Step 1: Open a new tab in the Chrome browser, type chrome://discards in the search, and hit enter


Search Discards


Step 2: There appears a list, to stop auto refresh of the tabs, in the auto discardable column click on the toggle option a cross will appear.


Auto Discardable


But one drawback is that this setting is not permanent. If you close the chrome browser and relaunch it the auto discardable will be enabled again and again you may have to repeat the steps to disable it.

Method 5: Run SFC Command


Step 1: Open the command prompt in administrative mode, to do this type cmd in the windows search bar

Step 2: Press Ctrl and Shift keys together and hit enter 

Step 3: A user account control window will open asking for confirmation, click on yes.

Step 4: In the command prompt type the below command and hit enter

sfc/ scannow


Sfc Scan


Step 5: It will take a few minutes to finish the scan process. Once done, open the Chrome browser in a new window and check if the issue is resolved.

Method 6: Reset Chrome To Default Settings

If none of the above methods work, then try resetting the chrome. Be aware that when chrome is reset, the extensions, bookmarks, cache everything will be removed. It appears just like a fresh start

Step 1: Open a new tab in the chrome browser and type chrome://settings/reset

Step 2: Click on Restore settings to their original defaults




Step 3: A pop-up will appear, click on Reset settings


Reset Settings


That’s it! I hope any of the above methods would have worked for you. Thank you!!