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Avoid your task manager if you have this Chrome 72 bug

The task manager is the last place you'd expect to find any bugs, but this one is currently pummeling CPUs.

Published onFebruary 19, 2019

Acer laptops with Chrome OS.

Chrome OS has a reputation for stability and brisk performance, but a new CPU bug seems to be troubling some users. But, oddly, it only seems to rear its head when users open the task manager.

The flaw was spotted by Chrome Unboxed and Android Police, and it seems to affect Chrome OS 72 and later, running Android Pie. Users on the Chromium Bug Tracker and reddit note that affected devices include the HP Chromebook X2, Pixelbook, Pixelbook Slate, and Samsung’s Chromebook Plus V1/V2.

The high CPU usage bug in Chrome OS.

The bug causes CPU usage rise to between 50 and 100 percent (as seen above), but users found that closing the task manager brought CPU usage back down again. Some users have also reported that disabling the Google Play Store helps with the issue.

A Chromium representative has since halted calls for feedback, adding that the bug may be caused by “recent integration of memory information for ARC processes into the task manager.” The representative also noted there might be another CPU-related bug in Chrome OS, albeit affecting enterprise users.

Are you suffering from the same issue? Shout out your Chromebook model and OS version in the comments section!

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