If you are running Google Chrome on a Windows PC and monitoring the machine’s processes, you may eventually notice the process of the Software Reporter Tool. Software Reporter Tool, a software reporter tool.exe executable file, is a tool that Google distributes with the Google Chrome web browser. It’s part of the Chrome Cleanup Tool that, in turn, can remove software that causes Chrome problems. Google refers specifically to crashes, modified start-up or new tab pages, or unexpected advertising. The tool can remove anything that interferes with the browsing experience of a user.
How to Block Chrome Software Report Tool
The Reporter Tool software scans the drive of the computer and reports these scans to Google. Google Chrome uses the scan results to determine whether unwanted software should be removed from the computer as it affects the browsing experience. With the Software Reporter Tool, Google Chrome users may have two main problems:
- When scanning the system, it can cause a high system load. User reports range from it while running using 30 percent and more CPU. Since it can run for up to 20 minutes, this may interfere with other computer activity.
- The tool provides Google with information about the scan results that some users may dislike due to privacy concerns.
A community specialist from Google mentioned that the tool scans Chrome-related folders only, but in no way exposes its scope to the user. Under Windows 7 and newer versions of Windows, you can find the Software Reporter Tool: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\SwReporter\VERSION\software reporter tool.exe.
The version changes regularly, it was 24.137.203 when it was written.
Blocking program access may prevent Google from removing or informing you of problematic software from the system. To remove threats or potentially unwanted programs from the system, you may use other software, such as antivirus software. While the entire folder content can be deleted or the executable file itself renamed, this offers a temporary resource only as Google will push the reporter software tool back to the system when you update the web browser. A better option is to remove permissions so that no user can access the reporter folder or run the reporter software tool.
- Open SWReporter folder on your system by following this path
- Right-click on the SwReporter folder and from the menu select Properties.
- Turn to the Security tab.
- On the page that opens, select ‘Advanced’.
- Click ‘Disable inheritance’ and select ‘Remove from this object all inherited permissions’.
- Select “Convert inherited permissions into explicit permissions on this object” option
- Select ‘Apply’ and ‘Yes’ in the Windows Security prompt.
- Again, select all right.
The Software Reporter Tool should no longer be available to any group or user. This method has the advantage that the tool can no longer be run and that updates can no longer be applied to it either.
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Unless you regularly run into troubled third – party software that interferes with Chrome, the Software Reporter Tool may not be needed. Its disadvantages may be reason enough to block it from running, high CPU load or privacy implications.