How to fix Green and Purple videos in Google Chrome

How to fix Green and Purple videos in Google Chrome

If some of the videos you view in Google Chrome are being displayed in green and purple colors it could mean that your Google Chrome GPU process is not composing accelerated media related content properly. Perhaps the GPU process was somehow ended which resulted in Google Chrome generated HTML (HTML5) videos and other graphics with overlapping green and purple colors. If the GPU process is not running correctly in Google Chrome it will cause HTML, CSS, and various types of graphics to fail inside the browser window in normal and incognito mode.

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The GPU process is a Google Chrome process that is used by the internet browser to display GPU-accelerated content such as videos and graphic files with high pixels (for example, .gif files). The GPU process also serves other purposes; The process can help reduce power consumption and limit battery usage for multiple devices because it takes less power than CPU.

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In a document published by Tom Wiltzius, Vangelis Kokkevis & the Chrome Graphics team they state that web browsers traditionally relied on the central processing units to render graphics. But now with graphics processing units being an integral part of popular devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.), attention has turned to finding ways to effectively use this underlying hardware to achieve better performance and power savings.

GPU can achieve far better efficiency than the CPU (both in terms of speed and power draw) in drawing and compositing operations that involve large numbers of pixels. – Chromium.org

Solutions

There are several solutions and troubleshooting options that can help you find the appropriate answer to fix green and purple videos and display normal SD and HD videos and graphic content in Google Chrome.

Enable hardware acceleration

1. Go to: Tools >Settings in Google Chrome browser and search for “accel” to bring up a new window. (chrome://settings/search#accel).

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2. Check the use hardware acceleration when available option.

Uninstall and reinstall Google Chrome

A simple and straightforward solution is to uninstall and reinstall Google Chrome.

Use GPU to rasterize web content

Go to: Enable GPU rasterization in Google Chrome browser and set the option to default. (chrome://flags/#enable-gpu-rasterization)

Specify the number of MSAA samples for GPU rasterization

Go to: GPU rasterization MSAA sample count in Google Chrome browser and set the option to default. (chrome://flags/#gpu-rasterization-msaa-sample-count)

How to change your Google Chrome homepage

How to change your Google Chrome homepage

Follow the instructions on this webpage to change your Google Chrome homepage (startup page).

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon customize and control google chrome in the Google Chrome menu and go to Settings.

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2. To change your Google Chrome homepage go to the On startup section and select one of the following options:

  • Open the New Tab page
  • Continue where you left off
  • Open a specific page or set of pages

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3. If you want to add single or multiple webpages to open when you start Google Chrome then select Open a specific page or set of pages and click the Set pages link.

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4. Enter the URL of the webpage you want to use as your Google Chrome homepage and click the OK button. *To remove a Google Chrome startup page click the X next to it and click the OK button.

How to remove extensions from Chrome

This guide shows you how to remove extensions from Google Chrome.

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.

2. Click the trashcan icon next to the Chrome extension you want to remove.

A privacy reminder from Google

A privacy reminder from Google

You may have noticed a privacy reminder from Google when visiting Google recently and wondered what it is. The reminder is there to outline a change Google has made concerning the data they process and why they made the change. The privacy reminder from Google briefly states that they process information about the videos you watch, the devices you use, your IP address, cookie data, and location when you search for content on Google Maps or watch a video on YouTube. This also includes when you use apps or sites that use Google services like advertisements, Analytics, and YouTube video player.

privacy reminder from google

The privacy reminder from Google states that they collect your data to help their services deliver more useful and customized content. They claim shit is to help them deliver more relevant search results to you, improve the quality of their services they provide, deliver ads based on your interests (including things like searches you’ve done or videos you’ve watched on YouTube), improve security by protecting against fraud and abuse, and conduct analytics and measurement to understand how our services are used.

The company claims that when you use Google services like Maps, Search, or YouTube, you generate information: places you go, stuff you like, and people you know. This information can help make Google products work better for you in many ways.

You can choose to read and agree to the privacy reminder from Google or you can select to read it later to get rid of the box in Google search results pages. You can also select other options to control your privacy settings such as search customization to control whether or not search results are affected by search activity in your browser. You can customize advertisement settings, customize YouTube settings, and more. You can manage your Google privacy settings anytime here: myaccount.google.com.

Read the privacy reminder from Google below:

To be consistent with data protection laws, we’re asking you to take a moment to review key points of Google’s Privacy Policy. This isn’t about a change we’ve made — it’s just a chance to review some key points.

Data we process when you use Google

  • When you search for a restaurant on Google Maps or watch a video on YouTube, for example, we process information about that activity – including information like the video you watched, device IDs, IP addresses, cookie data, and location.
  • We also process the kinds of information described above when you use apps or sites that use Google services like ads, Analytics, and the YouTube video player.

Why we process it

We process this data for the purposes described in our policy, including to:

  • Help our services deliver more useful, customized content such as more relevant search results;
  • Improve the quality of our services and develop new ones;
  • Deliver ads based on your interests, including things like searches you’ve done or videos you’ve watched on YouTube;
  • Improve security by protecting against fraud and abuse; and
  • Conduct analytics and measurement to understand how our services are used.

Combining data

We also combine data among our services and across your devices for these purposes. For example, we use data from trillions of search queries to build spell-correction models that we use across all of our services, and we combine data to alert you and other users to potential security risks.
a privacy reminder from google

How to block “Deceptive site ahead” security error on Google Chrome

How to block “Deceptive site ahead” security error on Google Chrome

The “Deceptive site ahead” security error message in Google Chrome is a security protocol that blocks you from landing on deceptive websites. Google explains that deceptive websites may trick you into doing something dangerous like installing software or revealing your personal information (for example, passwords, phone numbers, or credit cards). A “Deceptive site ahead” security error may also be produced if your browser attempts to redirect to websites known for online scams, including tech support scams and advance-fee fraud.

Deceptive site ahead

Deceptive site ahead security errors displayed by Google Chrome essentially save you from malicious websites. However, you can still access the website by clicking Details and visit this unsafe site. You can also disable phishing and malware protection in Google Chrome. It is not recommended to disable this feature because the security errors can protect you.

When a “Deceptive site ahead” security error occurs a user will be directed to a red webpage that says:

Deceptive site ahead

Attackers on attention-system-warning.com may trick you into doing something dangerous like installing software or revealing your personal information (for example, passwords, phone numbers, or credit cards).
Google Safe Browsing recently detected phishing on attention-system-warning.com. Phishing sites pretend to be other websites to trick you.

If you understand the risks to your security, you may visit this unsafe site.

This security error usually occurs when your browser is attempting to redirect to advertisements or webpages that are known to be deceptive. It’s a little different than malware and phishing protection, which is also a security feature, because the Deceptive site ahead message occurs on websites that are simply trying to scam or trick you.

deceptive site ahead google chrome

You can block websites that are known to be deceptive by using a free browser extension for Google Chrome that will block all advertisements.

Block “Deceptive site ahead” websites

To block websites that will usually produce the “Deceptive site ahead” security error webpage we reccomend to install a free ad-blocking extension such as AdBlock or uBlock Origin. These free and popular extensions for Google Chrome will block advertisements in your web browser and stop your browser from redirecting to websites that produce the red deceptive site ahead webpage.

How to disable your name in the Google Chrome avatar menu

How to disable your name in the Google Chrome avatar menu

By default new versions of Google Chrome will display your username on the top right of an open browser window. This is known as the avatar menu. Many Google Chrome users have found this to be a nuisance. Fortunately, there are a few ways to disable the the new avatar menu and remove your name from the top right corner of an open Chrome browser window.

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This guide will help you remove your name from the Google Chrome avatar menu by disabling the new avatar menu option (–disable-new-avatar-menu) or using the old flags options.

–disable-new-avatar-menu option

The best way to disable the new avatar menu is to add: –disable-new-avatar-menu to the target field to the Google Chrome shortcut on your computer.

1. Locate the Google Chrome shortcut on your computer. This can usually be found here: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Google Chrome

2. Right click the Google Chrome icon and go to Properties.

disable your name in the Google Chrome avatar menu

3. In the Shortcut tab find the target field and copy and paste –disable-new-avatar-menu at the end of the current target. On my computer this looks like this: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” –disable-new-avatar-menu

4. Click Apply and Ok, then launch Google Chrome. In some cases you may need to restart Chrome a few times before your name is removed from the top right of the internet browser window.

chrome://flags options

There are a few other options to remove your name from the top right browser window of Google Chrome; However, they do not seem to be working anymore after a few Chrome updates.

1. Type in chrome://flags into the address bar.

enable new profile management system

2. Search the page for Enable new profile management system. You can type Ctrl+F to open a search field at the top of the open window.

3. Change the drop-down menu to Disabled and click the Relaunch Now button that appears.

To get the old view back follow these instructions:

1. Type in chrome://flags into the URL bar.

2. Search for Enable the new avatar menu.

3. Change the drop-down to Disabled and click the Relaunch Now button that appears.

Googleweblight.com referral traffic is not referrer spam

Googleweblight.com referral traffic is not referrer spam

Many webmasters and website owners around the globe have noticed googleweblight.com referral traffic in Google Analytics and suspect that it is referrer spam, but it’s not. It’s part of a cool new initiative by Google called GoogleWebLight and it’s a good thing if you get traffic from googleweblight.com.

Googleweblight.com referral traffic

What is GoogleWebLight?

GoogleWeblight is a new initiative by Google to help improve the browsing experience of millions of people around the world who are on slow internet speed. GoogleWebLight is typically appropiate for countries like Indonesia, India, Brazil where a majority of internet users are on 2G or very slow internet connection. GoogleWebLight will work only on Android devices and on chrome browser for people in countries with slow internet speed. The way GoogleWebLight works is that whenever a user is using Google search on an Android powered Chrome browser, and the browser detects a slow internet connection, the light version of mobile search will automatically kick-in. It will transcode the page to light version, and will help webpages to load way faster. This will help the webpage load 4X faster and will use up 80% less bandwidth consumption.

what is GoogleWebLight

Here’s an example of Amazon.com using GoogleWebLight. You can view more examples of what a webpage looks like on GoogleWebLight by using this link: http://googleweblight.com/?lite_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com and changing amazon.com to any other URL.

googleweblight

This is a comparison of the original Amazon.com website and Amazon.com on GoogleWebLight. By using a webpage speed test service we found that GoogleWebLight loaded Amazon.com 90% faster.

What does GoogleWeblight mean for websites?

When a user visits your website via Google search on an Android device, using Google Chrome browser, with a slow connection, the user will see a “lite” version of your webpage. All the elements, like large images, frames, sliders, and social media buttons might be removed and the user will be presented with the content  of your webpage only. GoogleWebLight will not affect ad networks like AdSense and others, or advertisements parked domains like Sedo. However, if you are an ad network, you can apply for being whitelisted by using the form link on this page.

Webmasters and website owners can opt out of GoogleWeblight (even though I do not suggest to do so), which means that only their original website will be served to the user, at anytime by setting the HTTP header “Cache-Control: no-transform” in your page response. Google will not transcode the page when they see the above HTTP header. It’s not recommended to opt out of GoogleWebLight because it can bring new visitors to your website, and if your website is slow Google will mark your website as slow in search results pages if GoogleWebLight is disabled.

How to disable phishing and malware protection on Google Chrome

How to disable phishing and malware protection on Google Chrome

This guide will show you how to disable phishing and malware protection on Google Chrome in order to visit webpages blocked by Google Chrome. The phishing and malware protection on Google Chrome directs users to a red “Security error” webpage (Google Chrome red scree of death) that usually says something like “The site ahead contains harmful programs.” In order to bypass the red Google Chrome security error webpage users will often click Details and visit this site; However, you can disable the red Google Chrome security error webpage and phishing and malware protection on Google Chrome by turning off phishing and malware protection in the advanced settings. By disabling this feature in advanced settings you will be able to visit pages blocked by Google Chrome’s phishing and malware protection system without having to click Details and visit this site each time you go to a new webpage.

Google Chrome security error red webpage

How to disable Google Chrome phishing and malware protection

1. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu (customize and control Google Chrome icon).

2. Select Settings and click Show advanced settings... on the bottom of the settings page.

disable Google Chrome phishing and malware protection

3. Under “Privacy,” uncheck the “Enable phishing and malware protection” box.