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How To Fix Google Chrome STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION Error in 2024

Many Google Chrome users encounter the “Aw, Snap! Error Code STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION“ error from time to time. This error is a common issue with Chrome and Edge. Thankfully, the solution to fix it is easy and can be done without much effort. 

What does STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error code mean?

STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION is an error that crashes Google Chrome and prevents it from opening a web page. While there have been several known reasons for the problem, the most common cause is a non-specific coding issue within a browser or computer.

The “Aw, Snap! Error Code STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION“

error is known to affect Chromium-based browsers like Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.

How to fix Google Chrome STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error?

Fortunately, fixing the STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error is simple and is usually accomplished by doing a few easy solutions. Check out the possible fixes that you can try on your end below:

Fix #1: Refresh the page.

The first thing that you want to do is to refresh the page by pressing the Refresh button on your Chrome browser, or by pressing the F5 button on your keyboard.

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Fix #2: Restart the browser.

For many people, a quick way to fix STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error is to simply restart Chrome. You must do this if refreshing the page did not make a difference. To restart Chrome, just close the browser normally and launch it again.

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Alternatively, you can use the End Task button in the Task Manager to close Google Chrome from there.

Fix #3: Check for updates.

Make sure that you’re running the latest stable version of Google Chrome by updating it. An unstable version of your browser can sometimes lead to browsing issues.

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To update Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Click the three dots at the upper right.
  3. Select Help.
  4. Select About Google Chrome.
  5. If the browser is not updated at this time, you should see an option to update it.

Fix #4: Rename the Google Chrome browser executable file.

Some people finds the trick of changing the Google Chrome executable file into something different to fix STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error. Here’s how: 

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows key + E.
  2. Navigate to the installation folder of Google Chrome. The default path is usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application.
  3. Find the chrome exe file, right-click on it, then select Rename.
  4. Launch Chrome and check for the issue.

Fix #5: Do not use Extensions.

If you’re using browser extensions, disabling them at this time might be a good fix. For example, if you’re using an Adblock extension, turning it off might allow Chrome to work again normally. Sometimes, Chrome extensions can cause conflicts that can result in an error message.

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Follow these steps to turn off your installed extensions.

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. Click the three dots at the upper right.
  3. Select Select Settings.
  4. Open the Chrome Extensions tab from the left panel.
  5. To turn off any Chrome extension, simply click on the toggle button for the said extension.
  6. Restart Google Chrome and check for the problem.

Fix #6: Factory reset Google Chrome.

If you continue to get the same error in Chrome after disabling one or multiple extensions, you need to then to factory reset the browser. 

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Follow these steps to reset Chrome:

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. Click the Settings at the upper right.
  3. Click on Advanced in the left panel.
  4. Click Reset and clean up.
  5. Select Restore settings to their original defaults.
  6. Click the Reset settings button.

Doing a reset will ensure that you have the latest and stable version of Chrome. 

Fix #7: Use a different Profile in Chrome.

Creating a new user profile helped some users in fixing this error in Chrome. Check out the steps on how to do it:

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  1. Make sure that Chrome is open.
  2. Click on the user profile icon at the upper right.
  3. Click the + Add option.
  4. To add a new profile, click the Sign in button.

Fix #8: Reinstall Chrome.

Finally, you should consider deleting and reinstalling Google Chrome if none of the solutions has helped at all. This will ensure that you have a clean copy of the software in the system as well as the latest version of the browser.

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