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I've always had Spotify Helper running, and i've never minded it. But after the last update, i suddenly have 5-7 of them running, and it's happening to both the mac and windows client. If i forcequit them, they will all start up again.
It's not like it's taking much process or anything, but is there any reason for why it's running so many of them?
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There is a topic about this here. It seems to be something to do with the upgrade from CEF1 to CEF3 from the looks of things.
I agree it can be a nuisance as I have it too, but I'm pretty sure there's no real solution apart from the Michaels suggestion, but that only seems to work for some people unfortunately!
This is actually a good thing. From the release notes of v 0.9.4:
CEF 1 was "single process" and if it got stuck doing something - the whole application would "suffer." CEF 3 is a "multi process" version - this means it can do more things at the same time, and if any single thing that it is doing slows down, the rest of the application can continue normally. CEF 3 also allows us to use hardware acceleration on graphics cards - like the latest browsers, it basically uses the computer's hardware both smarter and faster. Users should see much smoother performance in areas that are graphics intensive, like scrolling through long lists.
Most modern applications work this way, to not block or slow down the UI process while working. Take a look at the number of processes Google Chrome uses, for example. This allows one tab to crash without taking down the entire application, and allows the UI to be responsive even though a tab is using a lot of CPU. So you shouldn't think that more processes means a bad application. It just means taking advantage of your hardware to give you the best possible experience.
To help with the slow down i right clicked each spotify helper task and set the priority to low. Then I unfollowed everyone i was following, stopped Spotify from posting to Facebook, deslected "enable hardware acceleration", deselected "high quality steaming", and i downloaded "blockify" which blocks Spotify Advertisements. Not sure if all that helped, but i figured it can't hurt. I feel liked following people on Spotify causes Spotify to eat up more memory b/c it's constantly checking for updates from those whom you're following which can obviously slow your system down...although to what extent I'm not sure. Setting priotity to low for each Spotify Helper task HAS to help to some extent. I haven't noticed my system slowing down since doing all this. Not sure which action helped, maybe all of them, who knows...try this out and let me know if it helped you I'm curious if it's just me or if it actually helps. Some steps may not be needed, however I'm not the most computer savy person out there so....yea. I've seen another post where someone found out how to block it by managing access rights but I have no idea how to do what he did. He inserted two different commands but I have no idea what to do with them. Tried googling it but found nothing, he obviously thinks everyone is as computer savy as he is so he failed to include HOW to do what he did. If anyone else saw this post and knows how to do it let me know. \m/