He’s Dead Jim – Did this page suddenly show up on your computer screen? Was it on a Google Chrome tab? Don’t worry, its not a virus. It is just an error message to let you know that the tab has crashed. Or, in other words, the tab has stopped working. In most cases, you can reload the tab. If that does not work, close the tab and open the same website in another tab.
Google, especially the Chrome team is known for its witty error messages. The error message that you see when Chrome is offline, the dinosaur, is a game that you can play while waiting for the internet connection to come back. There are many other funny examples of this trend.
I know that many of you didn’t enjoy, and I see that in your comments and there are many who seems to be surprised, and enjoyed and loved this error message. Do you have a story to share? I see many such stories every day. Take a look at the comments on this page, and you will see many people complaining about how Google got them confused.
“He’s dead, Jim!” is a catchphrase used by Leonard H. McCoy, a character from Star Trek, just to remind you.
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“He’s Dead Jim” on Google Chrome- Is Not A Virus
The message continues: “Something caused this page to be killed, either because the operating system ran out of memory, or for some other reason. To continue, press Reload or go to another page.”
To see the page, just type about:kill in the address bar after opening a new tab. Here is the official description of this error page, from Google.
You may see the “He’s Dead, Jim!” message if the operating system has terminated the tab’s process due to a lack of memory. Computers rely on memory to run programs. Low amounts of memory can cause programs to run slowly or stop running altogether.
Alternatively, if you terminated the process using Google Chrome’s Task Manager, the system’s task manager, or with a command-line tool, this message will appear as well.
Reload the page to continue. If the message continues to appear, try closing inactive tabs or other programs to free up more memory.
Curious about the title? “He’s dead, Jim!” is a reference from Star Trek to describe things that are unresponsive. Learn more about “He’s dead, Jim!”
So, nothing to worry about there. A tab crashed. Restart the tab, or if that does not work, restart Chrome. If this behavior continues even after restarting Chrome, go ahead and try the incognito mode. CTRL + SHIFT + N opens an incognito window. In this mode, you are using Chrome without any extensions. If you are not seeing the problem in this mode, that means one of your extensions is to blame. Disable all of them and enable them one by one, testing.