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Fix: STATUS_STACK_BUFFER_OVERRUN Error on your browser

Are you fixing the STATUS_STACK_BUFFER_OVERRUN error on Chrome and Edge? Troubleshoot and resolve this error to enhance browser stability.

The web browser encounters errors when misconfigured, or any system settings conflict with smooth working.

One such error is AW Snap! STATUS_STACK_BUFFER_OVERRUN is appearing in chromium based browses like, Chrome and Edge browsers.

To troubleshoot and fix the issue, restart the browser and system, turn off the compatibility mode, reset the browser settings, and downgrade to a 32-bit program.

Fix the browser STATUS_STACK_BUFFER_OVERRUN error

The Stack Buffer Overrun or Overflow is an error when a program (in our case, a web browser) tries to store the data in the stack bucket over the allocated limit size. When loading a site, it often results in crashing the web browser with an error code such as STATUS_STACK_BUFFER_OVERRUN.

It might happen due to compatibility issues between the browser and the operating system, which cannot suffice the process requests. The issue seems vague, but it can be resolved with a few troubleshooting we have mentioned.

There have been reports that it mainly occurs in Chrome, Edge, and other Chromium-based browsers like Opera, Brave, etc., when running on a Windows PC.

Error Code: STATUS_STACK_BUFFER_OVERRUN on Chrome and Edge

In this guide, we will walk you through some of the most possible and working solutions that were able to fix the STACK_BUFFER_OVERRUN issue on both Chrome and Edge browsers. If any methods have worked for you in sequence, you can skip the rest of the troubleshooting. And please do mention in the comment box below which one has helped you.

Restart your Browser

If the issue with the browser has started recently, you can try to restart the browser saving all your open work and tabs. It might sound simple, but an effective way to resolve any browser issue, significantly when the Chrome or Edge browser is recently updated in the background.

After saving all your unsaved works and checking open tabs, open the following action URL in the address bar for browser restart.

  • Chrome browser: chrome://restart and press Enter key.
  • Edge browser: edge://restart and press Enter key.

Edge browser restart action in address bar

It will quickly restart your browser, killing all the background processes and making it a fresh launch. If it still appears, check for the error code on the web page.

Restart your System

The system updates can sometimes conflict with the software and application that was already installed. There might be some compatibility issues with recent updates that our browser might not be processed, resulting in overusing the memory and buffer stack. Hence, restarting the system after software and operating system upgrades is always recommended.

  1. Click the Start button in the taskbar on your Windows PC.
  2. Click on the Power button and select the option to Restart option.Restart Windows 11 PC from Start Menu

Your Windows PC will shut down, closing all the applications and restart automatically. After restarting, check your Edge and Chrome browser to see if the teething issue is fixed that was causing the error.

Turn off Compatibility Mode

Per support, thread 1 and thread 2, the error code STATUS_STACK_BUFFER_OVERRUN mostly happens in Windows 11 and Windows 10 PC. And few users have claimed that turning off the compatibility mode for previous Windows OS versions has helped them solve the issue.

So we cannot ignore one of the possible working solutions to turn off compatibility mode for Edge and Chrome browser’s executable files.

Turn off the compatibility mode for Chrome.exe

  1. Right-click on the Chrome desktop shortcut for the context menu.
  2. Select the Properties menu.
    Chrome browser Properties context menu on Windows OSIt will open the Google Chrome Properties window.
  3. Switch to the Compatibility tab and disable the checkbox for Run this program in compatibility mode.
    Google Chrome Properties with Compatibility tab and Disabled Compatibility Mode
  4. Click on the Apply and then OK button to close the Properties window.

Close the browser and relaunch it. The browser will open without compatibility mode and check if the issue persists.

Turn off compatibility mode for msedge.exe

  1. Launch the Edge browser on your Windows PC.
  2. Right-click on the Edge icon in the Windows taskbar for the options menu.
    Microsoft Edge options menu from the Windows Taskbar
  3. Now again, Right-click on Microsoft Edge for the content-text menu and select the Properties menu.
    Microsoft Edge Properties menu from the Windows Taskbar optionIt will launch the Microsoft Edge Properties window.
  4. Switch to the Compatibility tab, and turn off the checkbox for Run this program in compatibility mode option.
    Microsoft Edge Properties with Compatibility tab and Disabled Compatibility Mode
  5. Click on the Apply and then OK button to close the Properties window.

Turning off the compatibility mode does not affect the web browsers. Modern browsers like Edge and Chrome already support the latest Windows PC version. Hence there is no point in using the older compatibility mode.

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Note: If the compatibility mode checkbox option is disabled, you may need to click on the Change settings for all users button on the Properties window to make it applicable across all the users on your computer. You may also contact your Organization’s IT Support to make the changes.

Reset the Browser Settings

If none of those mentioned above solutions have worked for you. Then we have no choice left rather than factory resetting the browser settings and data. The reset will clear the temporary browsing data and settings like cookies and cache, browser settings, home page configuration, etc. However, it won’t delete saved data bookmarks, passwords, or address auto-fills.

Reset Edge browser

  1. Launch the Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. Open edge://settings/resetProfileSettings in the address bar and hit on Enter key.
    Edge browser Reset Profile Settings address barIt will open the Reset settings page with a confirmation dialog box.
  3. Click the Reset button to confirm the Edge browser reset.
    Reset Settings of Edge browser on Computer

Reset will remove the data and relaunch the browser with the same profile to continue. You need to reconfigure the browser settings and enable the extensions. Before that, check if the error AW Snap! STATUS_STACK_BUFFER_OVERRUN is fixed.

Reset Chrome browser

Here are the quick steps to reset the Google Chrome browser to system default.

  1. Launch the Chrome browser on the computer.
  2. Click on the More vertical 3dots icon menu for options, and select the Settings menu from the list.
    Settings menu in Chrome browser on computer
  3. Switch to the Reset settings tab in the sidebar and select Restore settings to their original defaults option.
  4. Hit the Reset settings command button to continue the browser reset. Reset Chrome Browser on Computer

After resetting the browser to the system default, check if the error code with the webpage still appears.

Downgrade the browser

Few users have reported that the issue started after updating to the latest browser version. If it’s the same case with you, you can consider downgrading to the older web browser version.

Both Chrome and Edge offer older versions in their repository. We already have a guide on how to

However, staying in the older version for a longer time is not recommended. If the Stact Buffer Overrun is a widespread issue for all users, the developer might release a bug fix in the next update.

Bottom Line

The web browser often encounters many issues due to the website not loading or incorrect system configuration. Our only option is troubleshooting and trying different methods to fix it.

In the case of STATUS_STACK_BUFFER_OVERRUN error code, this is due mainly to the system’s compatibility with the browser. And the error has been mainly reported for the Windows PC compared to macOS or Linux-based machines.

You may also consider switching to the 32-bit browser installer to try it out. Before installing to a 32-bit installer, wipe out the Chrome browser or uninstall the Edge browser completely.

It is always suggested that you have the latest browser installed and keeps checking if any new upgrades have been released that address the mentioned error code.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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