13 to 46 instances of Brave running - Hard drive at 100% - Brave Unusable

First, the technical stuff:

Brave Version 1.42.97 Chromium: 104.0.5112.102 (Official Build) (64-bit)
Windows Version 21H1, Build 19043.1889 (Autoupdted yesterday)

Problem: When Brave starts my home screen comes up just fine. However, there are 13-18 instances of Brave running which causes System to access the hard drive at about 70%. If I then to go ANY web page (especially those with animation) Brave jumps up to as many as 46 instances running and System has the hard drive at 100%_rendering my PC absolutely useless - no matter what software I am using in the foreground or background.

If I then shut down Brave, I can then watch it releasing instances and when it is totally shut down, my hard disk use drops to about 3% and the PC is fast again.

Should I then restart Brave, I go through the same sequence.

I have dumped cache (both in brve and other software and temp files at the system level), I have ran both SFC and DISM. None of this helps.

This started happening about2 months ago when Brave did an auto-update. Prior to that, Brave was fast and reliable.


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Hi and welcome to the community. Posting a topic by another community member that may help with your issue. Hope it does! Take care.

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Great tip. And thanks for the keyboard shortcut too. I usually go through the hamburger menu but shift+esc is a lot easier! :slightly_smiling_face:

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