• July 5, 2022

STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION in Google Chrome – how to fix?

STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION is an error that appears while the Google Chrome browser is running. A number of users on the web claim that the same code can be stumbled upon when using Microsoft Edge, but in today’s article we will focus on solving the error specifically for the Google browser.

So what is causing this error? And it appears as a result of the fact that an undefined (that is, unknown) program code tried to access a piece of memory in which it does not have access. Most often, the error can be found on sites with a bunch of ad units. The likelihood of an error also increases if the user has various extensions installed.

Numerous page reloads help get rid of the error, but this is only a temporary solution. Now we are going to show you how to get rid of STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION once and for all.



Solution # 1 Download and install the current version of the browser.

Practice shows that the most effective solution in this situation is to update the Chrome browser to the latest version. Basically not updating your browser? Well then, it’s no surprise that you started to experience various network problems.

To update Chrome on your PC, you need to do the following:

  • Open Chrome.
  • Click on the button in the form of three vertical dots (⋮) and select “Settings”.
  • Navigate through the panel on the left to the About Chrome tab.
  • Click on the “Check for Updates” button.
  • Wait for the browser to finish downloading and installing the latest update.
  • Restart Chrome.

After installing the latest update, check for the STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error.

Solution # 2 Installing a stable version of Chrome

Perhaps you have an unstable version of the Chrome browser installed on your computer – for example, a beta, a special version for developers, or even the so-called “Canary”. We recommend that you completely remove the current version of the browser and install the current version intended for everyday use by ordinary users.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Press the key combination WIN + S to bring up the system search engine in front of you.
  • Enter the query “Control Panel” and select the found result.
  • Select the large (or small) icon view mode and go to the Programs and Features section.
  • Find your Chrome in the list of programs, right-click on it and select “Uninstall”.
  • Follow the instructions on your screen to uninstall the browser.
  • Go to link and download the latest version of Chrome.
  • Right click on the downloaded installer and select “Run as administrator”.
  • Install new Chrome, make it your default browser, etc. etc.

Open Chrome and check for the STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error.

Solution # 3 Disable installed extensions

Some extensions can negatively affect Chrome. We recommend that you deactivate all extensions in your browser, and then test its work. To disable extensions, you need to do the following:

  • Open Chrome.
  • Click the button in the form of three vertical dots (⋮) and select “Additional settings → Extensions”.
  • Set the activation switches on all available extensions to the “Off” position.
  • Restart Chrome.

Solution # 4 Renaming the Chrome executable file

Not the most obvious solution, but some users claim that it works.

  • Open Windows Explorer and navigate to “C: Program Files (x86) Google Chrome Application” (or wherever you have your browser installed).
  • Right click on the file “Chrome.exe” and select “Rename”.
  • Change the file name from “Chrome.exe” to “Chrome1.exe”.
  • Close Windows Explorer.

Test Chrome. Perhaps such a strange method will save you from the STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error.

Solution # 5 Reset Chrome browser settings

Incorrect Chrome settings can cause various errors while surfing the net, including the STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error. As much as I would like to do this, resetting to default settings is a potential solution to your problem. To reset Chrome preferences, you need to do the following:

  • Open Chrome.
  • Click on the ⋮ icon and select “Settings”.
  • Click on the “Advanced” drop-down menu on the left side of the window and select the “Reset settings and remove malware” tab.
  • Select the “Restore default settings” option, then select the “Reset settings” option in the new dialog box.
  • Close Chrome completely.

After resetting your settings, your Chrome should work as expected – the STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error shouldn’t appear.

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