How do I remove Google Software Reporter tool?

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  • Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers used on the Windows 10 system. However, one of its components, the Software Reporting tool, is giving some users a hard time by slowing down their PCs.
  • In this article, we will tell you more about this Google Chrome add-on; the goal is to understand what this software_reporter_tool.exe program does and how to disable/remove it if that’s necessary.
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Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers used on the Windows 10 system. It’s important to know how it runs and what processes are related to this web-browser client and how your Windows 10 system is affected by these additional features.

Anyway, if you’re reading these lines, it means you somehow found the Software Reporter tool executable app.

Thus, in this article, we will tell you more about this Google Chrome add-on; the goal is to understand what this software_reporter_tool.exe program does and how to disable/remove it if that’s necessary.

What is Google Chrome Software reporter tool used for?

The Software reporter tool is a Google Chrome program that scans your device. The scan is usually initiated once a week and runs for approximately 20 minutes. Here’s how Google explains the role of this tool:

The software_reporter_tool.exe is a part of malware scan which detects the presence of harmful or malicious content on Chrome. It scans the folders related to Chrome. Please do not worry as your data wouldn’t be effected by the clean up tool.

This executable is there to find programs that might not work properly along with Chrome and to remove them afterward.

Moreover, the app reports these scans to Chrome. Based on these reports, the browser will then prompt you to remove the unwanted apps via the Chrome Cleanup Tool.

In other words, the Chrome Software reporter tool is associated with the Chrome Cleanup software – the later runs based on the scans performed by the software_reporter_tool.exe executable file.

Now, when these scans are running you might experience a high CPU usage situation, which might make you decide to disable or remove the Google Chrome Software reporter tool.


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Steps to disable Google Software Reporter tool

If you want to simply disable the tool, you need to go to the AppData folder there the software is located. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. The path to follow is this:
    C:Users[your username]AppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser DataSwReporter[version number]
  2. Now, right-click on the tool and go to Properties.
  3. In the new windows, select Security and go to Advanced.
  4. Click on the ‘Disable inheritance’ button and then remove all inherited permissions from this object.
  5. Apply the new security settings.

And this is how you can turn off Google Software Reporter. If you want to permanently uninstall the tool, follow the steps listed below.


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Steps to remove Google Software Reporter for good

  1. First, of all, the software_reporter_tool.exe program is located on your Windows 10 device inside the Chrome directory.
  2. Usually, you can access this file by following this path:
    C:Users[your username]AppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser DataSwReporter[version number]
    

    chrome software reporter tool

  3. Now, you can just remove everything that you find there and get rid of Google Chrome Software reporter tool. However, this file might be afterward automatically downloaded by Google Chrome once again – if the browser gets an update for example.
  4. So, what you should do instead is clear the content of this executable file. You can do that by opening software_reporter_tool.exe via text editor: open Notepad, click on Open and choose software_reporter_tool.exe.software reporter tool in notepad
  5. Delete everything that will be displayed on Notepad and save your changes.
  6. This process should disable the function of software_reporter_tool.exe and it will never be shown up on the process list. That’s all.

If you don’t like Notepad, check out this handy list with the best Notepad alternatives for Windows 10.

At this point, you should know why the Google Chrome Software reporter tool is running on your Windows 10 computer.

Also, if you somehow notice that the software_reporter_tool.exe process is causing high CPU usage, you can disable/remove this Chrome add-on.

If you have further questions or if you need our help, share your thoughts and observations in the comment section below.

FAQ: learn more about Google Software Reporter tool

  • What is Software Reporter tool?

The Software Reporter tool is a standalone process of Google Chrome that keeps an eye on your installation of Google Chrome and lets you know if any extensions are interfering with the well-functioning of the browser.

  • Can I disable the Software Reporter tool?

Certainly, you can disable this tool if you don’t find it useful on your computer. Just read our step-by-step guide carefully and follow the instructions depicted within it and you should get rid of this process in no time.

  • Is Software Reporter tool safe?

Yes, although many users consider it a nuisance, Google Chrome’s Software Reporter tool is perfectly safe, as it is merely a way of troubleshooting the browser if some extension gets in the way of its well-functioning.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2017 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in October 2017 and was revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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  • Just an update on this… June-28-2018. After you delete the contents of “software_reporter_tool.exe” via notepad, make sure you:

    1] Right click on “software_reporter_tool.exe” and select Properties.
    2] Check the “READ ONLY” box on the Attributes section. If you do not do this, google re-writes the file… YAY !

    Many sweet wishes sent out to Google… burning up my processor….nuf said. @op you might want to update the article with this info.

    Good luck to everyone and have a nice day !

  • Jesus christ.
    I thought my harddrive was dying or that I got a virus.

    Fuck this program.

    Thanks a TON.

    By the way, is it safe to just nuke the entire SWR folder?

  • I have two versions of the swreporter nuisance app, both newer versions than described in the original post. It looks like users probably will get updated/future versions at any given time and will have to cripple them as they arise.

  • O _ O open your chrome browser. go to settings, click advance and look for the security and privacy. uncheck the “protect you and the device from dangerous sites” . there you go. the reporter tool has been turned off.

      • turn off the automatic send some information and page content.. . Scroll down and look for the system, turn off the continue running background apps when chrome is closed. if none of this work, i believe you are affected by a virus for using a 3rd party program or some of the files on your chrome is either corrupted/missing.. easiest way is to reinstall your google chrome and change the settings.

    • Wrong. The “Protect you and your device from dangerous sites” uses Google’s Safe Browsing blacklist to block known malware, phishing and PUP hosting URLs. It has absolutely nothing to do with Software Reporter.