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Fix: STATUS_BREAKPOINT error in Chrome and Edge browser

Are you encountering the STATUS_BREAKPOINT error in Chrome and Edge browsers? Learn how to troubleshoot and fix the error on your computer.

The error is associated with the website design or how the browser handles webpage requests. Microsoft’s official explanation for the error code is “hardware-defined breakpoint.”

To fix STATUS_BREAKPOINT error, we can update Windows or macOS, remove unnecessary extensions, uninstall a recent OS update, or try other web browsers.

Aw Snap STATUS_BREAKPOINT error message

In this guide, we have shared the steps to fix the issue with the Status Breakpoint in the Chrome app and Edge browser.

Method 1: Update the Browser app

Errors can occur when using an older Chrome or Edge browser version. So, it would be best to consider updating your browser to resolve this.

Update the Google Chrome App on the Computer

  1. Launch the Chrome browser on your computer.
  2. Hit on More vertical 3-dots icon for options and select Settings from the list.
    Google Chrome Settings options
  3. And switch to the About Chrome section on the Settings page.
  4. Google Chrome should automatically start looking for the latest updates.
    About Chrome Update on ComputerThe Chrome will be updated and relaunched.

It will upgrade the Chrome app to the latest version; you can check if the error code still appears.

Update the Microsoft Edge app

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge on your computer system.
  2. Hit on More horizontal 3-dots icon for options and select Settings from the list.
    Microsoft Edge Settings options
  3. Switch to the About Microsoft Edge tab.
    Update Microsoft Edge up to date Version numberThe Edge will automatically start checking for updates and installation, if any.

Once you’ve updated the Edge browser, check if the error still appears.

Method 2: Update Computer Operating System

If you run an older version of Windows, the latest version of Chrome or Edge will cause this error on your PC. To solve this issue, you must update your operating system.

Update Windows OS using Windows Update

  1. Open the Windows Settings menu and select the Updates and Security option.
  2. On the Windows update tab, click on Check for updates.
  3. If any updates are available, download and install the updates.
    Update Windows OS

Update macOS from Software Update

  1. Click on Apple apple logo in the menu bar and, select System Preferences/Settings…
    Apple macOS System Preferences
  2. Select the Software Update preference from the list.
    System Preferences - Software UpdateA window will open and start checking for Software updates.
  3. Choose the updates from the checkbox and click the Upgrade Now command button.macOS Big Sur update

The operating system upgrade sometimes includes security fixes that help resolve the problem. Hence, keeping our operating system current is essential from a security standpoint.

Method 3: Remove Unnecessary Browser Extensions

Some extensions might conflict with browser functionality, causing the issue. To fix this, you can remove these add-ons from Chrome or Edge.

Remove Extensions from the Chrome app

  1. Launch the Chrome browser on your computer.
  2. Click on the More vertical 3-dots icon menu options.
  3. Hover on More Tools and choose Extensions from the list.
    It will display a list of all extensions installed on Chrome.
    Google chrome installed extensions
  4. Now click on Remove under any extension you wish to remove.
    Remove Extension command button on Chrome Browser

Read the detailed guide on managing the Chrome extensions.

Remove Extensions from the Edge app

  1. Launch the Microsoft Edge browser on the computer.
  2. Click on the More horizontal 3-dots icon menu from the top left corner.
  3. Choose the Extensions menu from the list.
    It will display the list of extensions installed on the edge chromium.
  4. Select the extension and hit on the Remove command link.
    Remove Extensions from the Edge Browser

We already have the guide on managing the extensions on the Edge app.

However, before removing any extensions, it’s best to determine whether the issue is only with the extension.

To confirm, press Ctrl / Cmd + Shift + N to open incognito mode, where extensions will not work. This will allow you to check if the issue has been resolved without extensions.

Method 4: Try other Web Browsers

Install a different browser to check if the issue is with the website or browser. If the problem is not on the other browser, it might be a bug with the existing browser; you have to wait for the devs to fix it.

Meanwhile, you can continue using other alternative browsers. We have a list of the best browsers you should read based on the operating system.

Mozilla Firefox browser homepage dark mode

Method 5: Uninstall Recent OS Update

If this issue happened recently after an update, you should consider downgrading to the previous version of the installed update. Here are the steps to do so:

  1. Click on Settings and click on Updates and Security.
  2. Now click on View installed updates.
  3. Finally, click Uninstall updates at the top to uninstall any installed update.
    Uninstall Security Updates from Windows OS

If the latest update caused the STATUS_BREAKPOINT error, it should fix the issue. For macOS, you can consider restoring from the Time Machine.

Bottom Line

The STATUS_BREAKPOINT is a temporary problem that can be solved after troubleshooting. However, you can try using another browser until it is resolved entirely. Return to Chrome or Edge after the Developers patch it.

The problem mainly occurs if you’re using testing versions of Canary, Developer, or the Windows insider preview builds. You should consider switching to stable versions if you use any of these.

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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.

2 comments and feedback

  1. Hi people!
    Today (12/14/2022) I can fix it by erasing the folder:
    C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
    Good Luck

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