Google Chrome automatically updates itself whenever a new version of the browser is available. The update process happens in the background so it doesn’t affect any ongoing work and rarely requires any action on your part. Updating the browser assures users are protected by the latest security updates. To apply any update manually, we normally follow the steps below:
Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar and select About Google Chrome. The current version number is the series of numbers beneath the “Google Chrome” heading. Chrome will check for updates when you’re on this page.
Click Relaunch to apply any update, if available. The browser by default, saves your opened tabs and windows and reopens them upon restart.
Chrome Components Page
Having highlighted that, you must have noticed the browser at times crashes frequently even after updating. Why? Certain Chrome components responsible for the frequent crashes cannot be individually checked and updated. Luckily, Chrome has come up with a solution. All Chrome components can now be displayed on a single screen.
The latest Chrome Canary and Dev builds of the web browser ship with the new chrome://components page that you can load in Chrome to retrieve information about available components.
Just type chrome://components in the browser’s address bar and hit the Enter key to load the internal page. A “Check for update” button should be visible under each component. Simply update the components for which updates are available and your problem should be solved.
The components page will also be available in Chrome Beta and Stable versions soon.
Here’s a detailed list below:
- Pepper Flash, Adobe Flash Player using the Pepper API to run in Chrome.
- Swift Shader, a software 3D renderer that lets you use CSS 3D and WebGL even on blacklisted GPUs
- Widevine Content Decryption Module, a plugin designed for the viewing of premium video content
- CRLSet, Certificate Revocation List used in Chrome – https://imperialviolet.org/2012/02/05/crlsets.html
- PNaCl, a toolchain for compiling Native Client applications to a subset of LLVM bitcode.
- Recovery, used to repair the chrome installation or repair the Google update installation.