Have you ever wondered how your installation of Google Chrome always seems khổng lồ stay updated and patched on its own?

This is accomplished through Google Chrome’s own embedded processes that reach out to Google servers và ensure your browser is patched and safe. However, there’s another process that Chrome kicks off regularly that isn’t quite as critical known as the Software Reporter Tool.

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What Is the Software Reporter Tool?

This tool is part of the Chrome Cleanup Tool that monitors crashes, browser modifications made by malicious add-ons, or malware that may have infected the browser. The Software Reporter Tool is a component of this that reports all that information bachồng to Google.

You can see this tool on your system (if you have sầu Chrome installed), at the following path:

C:UsersUSERNAMEAppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser DataSwReporterVERSIONsoftware_reporter_tool.exe

The application drive letter on your system may be different, but the path is the same.


While the cleanup process is very useful for keeping Chrome clean of problems và running well for you, there’s no reason you can’t stop it from running if it’s causing CPU or memory performance issues on your system.

Another reason many users disable the Software Reporter Tool in Chrome is due khổng lồ privacy concerns. While Google claims that the software only “scans the folders related to lớn Chrome”, many users still don’t like the idea of a utility sending information about data stored on their computer to lớn any servers over the internet.

If you nội dung either of these concerns, then you’ll be pleased to lớn know that disabling the Software Reporter Tool isn’t difficult.

How khổng lồ Disable the Software Reporter Tool in Chrome

You won’t find the Software Reporter Tool configured as a scheduled task on Windows 10. This is because the scheduled triggering of the tool takes place from within the Chrome application itself. 

There are two ways to stop the Software Reporter Tool from launching or communicating with remote Google servers.

Remove Software Reporter Tool Permissions

You can remove sầu security permissions from the executable tệp tin so that it can’t run or communicate over the internet.

To vày this, open File Explorer and browse khổng lồ this path:

C:UsersUSERNAMEAppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser Data

1. Right-clichồng on the SwReporter folder & select Properties.


2. Select the Security tab và select the Advanced button.


3. On the Security Settings window, select the Disable inheritance button.


Select Apply & OK to lớn finish.

Note: On older versions of Windows like Windows 7, in the Properties Security tab, you’ll need to lớn select Change Permissions instead. Then unkiểm tra Include inheritable permissions from this objects parent, & select Remove in the pop-up window.

Disable Chrome Cleanup Using Registry Entries

Another option to disable the Software Reporter Tool in Chrome is to lớn disable the Chrome Cleanup utility itself.

You can vị this by creating a new entry in the Registry under the Chrome key.

1. Press Windows Key + R, type regedit, và press Enter. This will open the Registry Editor. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesGoogleChrome.

2. Right-cliông chồng the Chrome registry key and select New, then select Dword (32-bit) Value.

What does setting up these entries accomplish? Each entry has a different purpose. Setting ChromeCleanupEnabled to 0 will disable the Chrome Cleanup tool & it won’t ever run. Setting ChromeCleanupReportingEnabled to 0 further disables the tool’s reporting of any information khổng lồ Google servers.

Only one of these entries is needed, but setting them both to zero ensures that the tool will never run or communicate externally to Google.

However, if you still want the cleanup tool to run as a way to protect Chrome from malware & adware, you can phối ChromeCleanupEnabled to lớn 1 & leave sầu ChromeCleanupReportingEnabled lớn 0, so at least it’ll bloông xã any communications with Google servers.

Disable Google Cleanup Reporting from Inside Chrome

There is one more option available khổng lồ prsự kiện external reporting of your data from the Software Reporter Tool. You can disable this from inside Chrome itself.

This is the best option if you want to lớn avoid making any significant changes khổng lồ your system and just trust Chrome itself lớn vì the job.

1. With Chrome open, select the three dots icon to open the Chrome thực đơn & select Settings.

2. Scroll down to the System section. Select Advanced if you need lớn exp& the thực đơn. Make sure the toggle to the right of Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed is disabled.

3. Scroll further down lớn the Reset và clean up section, và select Clean up computer.

4. On the next menu, deselect the checkbox next to lớn Report details khổng lồ Google….

Now, restart Chrome and all your new settings should be activated.

This last option is the easiest way to turn off reporting from the Software Reporter Tool. However, it does require that you trust Google enough lớn not communicate information to Google servers just with this selection disabled.

Which Option Should You Choose?

The choice to disable the Software Reporter Tool in Chrome is up to lớn you, but any of these options will work.

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Just make sure you choose the appropriate settings so that the Google Chrome Cleanup utility can regularly scan Chrome and keep it clean for you.