Problems with Chrome on Mac OS X

Within the past week or so, I’ve started to get the spinning Beachball on my Mac when running Google Chrome. It happens several times per minute when I click in the address bar or in a field in a form on a web page. Very irritating. It’ll spin for a few seconds and then allow me to carry on. Here are some of the details:

  • My Mac is a a relatively recent model:
    • Purchased in April 2013
    • MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid-2012
    • 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7
    • 8 GB RAM 1600 MHz DDR3
    • Intel HD Graphics 4000 512 MB
    • 256 GB SSD (16GB “free”)
    • OS X 10.8.4
  • My version of Google Chrome is up-to-date: Version 28.0.1500.71
  • The spinning Beachball only happens in Chrome. I can use Firefox, for example, with no problems.
  • This even happens if I restart, keep all other applications closed and have all Chrome extensions disabled.
  • Also happens in Chrome if I click on a link.
  • I have high-speed cable connectivity.
  • Does not happen on other systems (Windows and Mac) with Chrome installed.

Anyone have any ideas of why this might be happening or how I can troubleshoot the problem?