Stop YouTube Crashing Google Chrome

For a while I have had a problem with YouTube crashing Chrome on my main (Intel i7) computer and Samsung netbook. I did everything from reinstalling chrome to getting different versions of Adobe Flash (as Google Chrome automatically gets its own flash player – and you cant manually upgrade that).

After a chat with a couple of Computer Scientists a few years older than me, one suggested there may be a conflict between the Chrome Adobe Flash and something else – and I suggested Macromedia Firewoks (now Adobe), a rather old image editor that I use. I again started looking into the problem recently, and found suggestions to disable one of the Chrome plugins.

First put “about:plugins” into your chrome address bar, and scroll down to the “Flash” section. Once there, disable the version of Shockwave Flash stored at “C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\18.0.1025.168\gcswf32.dll” – look for that ending file.

Then enable / leave enabled the version stored at: “C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\NPSWF32_11_2_202_235.dll”.

(I also had one located at: “C:\Users\MaTT\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\PepperFlash\\pepflashplayer.dll” which is disabled too).

All seems well now, YouTube doesn’t seem to crash every time I open a few videos!