How to disable Google Chrome Software Reporting Tool by removing permissions?
The first method to use Google Chrome but disable the Software Reporter tool is to isolate the Software Reporter folder and cut all ties with the Chrome browser. Without being able to access the executable file, the Chrome browser would not be able to run the Google Chrome Software Reporter folder and this would solve our problem. The steps to achieve this are:
- Step 1. Open File Explorer on your computer, and then open C drive.
- Step 2. On the ribbon located at the top, click on the tab labeled View and locate Hidden Items. Put a mark in the checkbox next to it to see all the hidden folders on your computer.
- Step 3. Next, click on the Users and select the folder with the current username of the computer.
- Step 4. Once you have entered your user folder, follow the path below until you reach the user data folder.
AppData -> Local -> Google -> Chrome -> User Data
- Step 5. Once you get into the user data folder, look for a folder called SwReporter. All the folders are in alphabetical order, so it should be easy to find this one.
- Step 6. Right click on this folder and click Properties. A new dialog box will open.
- Step 7. In the new dialog box, click the Security tab at the top and locate the Advanced button after this tab loads.
- Step 8. After clicking on the Advanced, a new window will open. Locate Disable Inheritance button here and click on it,
- Step 9. A new prompt box will appear asking you to choose between two options. Click on the second option which is labeled as Remove all inherited permissions from this object.
- Step 10. Finally, click Apply first and then just click OK.
How to disable the Google Chrome Software Reporter tool by modifying the registry?
The second method to use Google Chrome but disable Software Reporter Tool is a bit more technical and involves making changes to the computer’s registry. A registry is nothing more than a hierarchical database of every function, application, tool, feature, etc. On your computer. A registry change is always recommended, as it is a one-time, safe, permanent change. The steps for this method are:
Before proceeding, first back up your registry entries to ensure that you can restore them to their previous state. To do so, open Registry Editor and click File->Export. Save the .reg file to an accessible location on your computer.
- Step 1. Press the Windows + R to open the run box and type Regedit in the text box and click OK.
- Copy the path mentioned below and paste it into the address bar at the top. This will help you to reach the required folder instantly.
- Step 3. Right-click on the right side of the Registration Panel, on the Chrome folder and select NEW. Then click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Step 4. Once a file is created, rename it as ChromeCleanupEnabled. Double click it and check if Value Data is 0; otherwise delete whatever is written there and write 0.
- Step 5. Repeat Step 3 and this time rename the newly created file as ChromeCleanupReportingEnabled and then repeat Step 4.
- Step 6. Once both files are created, and the value data is set to zero for both. Close the registry and restart the computer.
The first file created, ChromeCleanupEnabled, prevents the Google Chrome Software Reporter Tool in Windows 7 from performing any scans on your computer.
The second file created, ChromeCleanupReportingEnabled will make sure that the Google Chrome Software Reporter Tool cannot send any report of scan results to Google.
Did you disable the Google Chrome Software Reporter tool on your computer?
Before disabling the Google Chrome software reporting tool on your computer, be sure to check the Task Manager Performance Report to see how much resources this tool is consuming. If the percentage is high, you can follow either of the two methods described above to disable the Google Chrome Software Reporting Tool.