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Sheesh.

 

Remember when Browser Wars were between browsers, not within browsers….?

 

This morning, after a long chase, we at last tackled and trussed a Chrome goose, in which:

 

  • only certain users were consistently receiving an SSL PROTOCOL error, and
  • after trying MANY other potential causes, we
  • de-installed Chrome, including browser history, then
  • reinstalled Chrome, which fixed the problem

 

Acknowledging the old "turn it off and on" anecdote, though...what we then realized was that the old version of Chrome we de-installed was the 32-Bit version (under c:\Program Files (x86)...), and the new version of Chrome we installed was the 64-Bit version (under c:\Program Files...). Going forward, as a best practice, I'll be recommending the latter wherever possible, which can be easily confirmed by navigating to chrome://settings/help, clicking the About button (bottom left), and then observing whether it says (32 Bit) or (64 Bit)

 

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So! For those of you who often find yourself having to clear cache, use incognito, or thump the side of your computer (etc.), I decided to share this little gem, in the hope it might help spare some chasing.

 

Regards,

Doug

 

 

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We have a lot of users that complain about latency issues, now I'm wondering if this could be a reason. I think we all have 32 not 64.... hmmm.




 

Could be Kellie,

 

If you end up experimenting with some 64-bit upgrades, I'd be interested to hear how you make out.

 

And for you Mac Users, here's some Not Great extra steps you might also need...  

 

SOURCE: https://macpaw.com/how-to/remove-chrome-from-mac

 

1) Quit Chrome

2) Move Chrome to trash

3) Empty Trash

4) Navigate to Chrome Application files  ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome

5) Move all the files from the "Chrome" sub directory to the trash.

6) Empty Trash

7) Download / Reinstall Chrome

 

Regards,

Doug

 

For M1, M2 and Silicon chip Mac owners: These newer Macs won't evn run 32 bit apps so no checking or updating necessary.

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Interesting! We’ve had to clear our cache seemingly more frequently over the past 6mos or so, I wonder if it’s the chrome version. So had WF been made aware of this? Will they be looking into it so both Chrome versions are running smoothly?

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Turns out I have 64bit and I still have to clear cache often...

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