How to Fix STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION Error in Chrome?

Learn how to fix the STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error message in the chrome browser. The error occurs due to the access request to the unspecified program code.

Mishandling of an error where an unspecified program code registers for memory without any proper authority, then it causes the STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error in Chrome. The error is a mishandling of code management, so Google shut it down some time ago. However, on user requests, the feature was enabled again which might cause this error from time to time.

I have faced this error multiple times while surfing the web an unexpectedly STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error shows up, and the tab doesn’t work anymore. In most scenarios, the issue goes away when you restart the browser or your PC. This problem seems to persist in browsers based on the Chromium engine.


In case you are facing the same issue on your Chrome and other chromium-based browsers such as Microsoft Edge, then do not panic. The error is not critical, and just a result of poor code management.

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Here are some methods by which you can effectively fix this problem with access violation error code on chrome in no time.


This error is quite vague and can occur for multiple reasons, so you have to see this problem with different approaches. These methods may work for you, so you can try them and see if it fixes the issue on the Chrome browser.

Download and Update Your Web Browser

This might just be a bug that the devs fixed already. You may not have updated your browser. So you can try updating your browser first before you continue.

  1. Download the latest chrome setup.
  2. Double click on it to Install and wait for it to complete.
  3. Check if the issue is solved.

Alternatively, you can check for updates from Chrome itself. Open chrome://settings in the URL bar and click on About Chrome and let it check for updates and download it for you.

About Chrome Update on Computer

Renaming Browser Executable File

Some people reported that renaming chrome.exe did fix the issue. So before you do anything, go ahead and rename the executable by following the methods below. This only works in Windows computer, macOS people can skip this.

  1. Right-click on the Chrome icon on the desktop or search for the Chrome app under the Start menu.
  2. Select Open file location command.
    Open File Location in Windows OS
  3. Now, in the location, find the chrome.exe file and rename it to anything else.
    Rename Chrome Executable File
  4. Reopen the Chrome browser and check the website.

The issue should disappear if the chrome file data was the issue, and you shouldn’t be affected much after renaming the executable file.

Switch to a Stable Version

If you’re using Unstable or Canary versions of Chrome, then you should consider switching to a stable version. The Canary version includes bleeding-edge features that often cause problems. So if you are using canary, switch to the stable version.

  1. Open Run (Win + R) and type in appwiz.cpl.
    Run Application Wizard in Windows command
  2. Select Chrome Canary in the Control Panel, and click on Uninstall to remove the unstable version of Chrome.
    Uninstall Google Chrome from Windows
  3. Download the latest version of the stable Chrome browser.
  4. Install the latest stable version and check if the issue vanishes.

Vice versa if you’re already on stable, try the Beta, or the Canary builds of Chrome. They may have a fix for this issue.

Disable Browser Extensions

Extensions can be very manipulative in terms of error generation. Since STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error is caused due to bad error handling in coding programs, it’s possible that the error is caused due to any bad Chrome extension.

And the best way to deal with this situation is to disable all your extensions at once and then re-enabling them one by one. By this, you can figure out what extensions are causing the problem.

  1. Launch Google Chrome on the computer.
  2. Click on vertical 3dots icon for options.
  3. Hover on the More Tools and select the Extensions tab.
    Chrome Browser Extensions Tab under More Tools
  4. You will see all your installed browser extensions.
    Google chrome installed extensions
  5. Toggle OFF the button to disable all installed extensions.

Now enable individual extensions one by one and see which extensions cause the STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION error. If you found the culprit, then simply uninstall that chrome extension.

Switch to Different Browsers

As this is a browser-specific issue, you can try switching to other browsers. Some good alternatives are Chromium and Firefox. Although it is not a solution, at least you can get your work done.

Even firefox lets you import data from Chrome so that you can start working fine without any hassle. Chromium, on the other hand, is very similar to chrome so you can sign in with your Google account and sync your data as you already did with Chrome.

Firefox Import Data from Another Browser



So as you can see, there are a few possible solutions for this issue. Many people reported this only on the latest build of Chrome browser, but I have faced the same in the previous version as well.

In case you face the same issue over and over again, even after following these methods, then as a last resort, you can switch to another browser until this issue gets some solutions from the developers of Chrome. Before that you can also try updating Windows, it may solve the issue so just give it a try.

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Let us know how the fix for STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION has been for you. Also, make sure that you ACTUALLY have access to that site.

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