If you use Google Chrome as your main browser on your Windows 10 computer then you might have noticed a process named software reporter tool or software_reporter_tool.exe. This is actually a tool that is distributed with the Chrome browser. Its function is to detect any software that can hinder the performance of the browser such as an add-on, a modified startup page, or an advertisement. The scan results will then be sent to Google and will be used to determine whether it should prompt the user to remove unwanted software from the computer. Although this is a great feature it can sometimes affect the performance of your computer. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will show you how to disable Chrome software reporter tool from Windows 10.
Block the Chrome Software Reporter Tool
Take note that when you block this program from being accessed it can prevent Google from removing problematic software from the system or informing you about it.
One easy way to prevent this tool from running is to delete its entire folder. While this might be easy it is not effective as the tool will appear again once the browser gets updated.
The best option is to remove permissions so that no user (or Google) may access the folder or run the Software Reporter Tool.
Time Needed : 2 minutes
Prevent Google Chrome Software Reporter Tool From Running
- Right-click on the folder SwReporter and select Properties from the menu.
You can find this tool at C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\SwReporter\
- Switch to the Security tab.
This is usually the first tab on the new windows that appears. Disable The Chrome Software Reporter Tool
- Select Advanced.
This button can be found on the lower right side of the screen.
- Click on “Disable inheritance”.
This button is found on the lower left side of the screen.
- Select “remove all inherited permissions from this object.”
This is the second option on the new windows that appear. Select apply and in the Windows Security prompt “yes” then select ok. This should apply the new settings.
The above steps will disable Chrome software reporter tool even if the browser gets updated.
Why there is a need to prevent the Chrome software reporter tool from running
Normally, you will want this tool to run on your computer as it makes sure that you can get the best browsing experience when using Google Chrome. There are however instances when this tool can cause a high CPU usage or high disk usage problem which in turn can affect your computer performance. For computer users concerned about their privacy they will also want to disable this tool.
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