What is software_reporter_tool.exe?
It also helps the system to detect programs that may cause Google to function improperly. Software_reporter_tool.exe deals with anything that hinders users’ performance for their browsing experience.
This software helps report the scan of the computer drive to Google, which results in Google using it to determine whether the user should remove the unwanted software or not.
The software Reporter Tool is a part of Google chrome’s clean-up computer and was formerly available as an app called Chrome Cleanup Tool.
Similarly, the app was previously known as Software Removal Tool. This tool runs in the background as it is not visible; it is usually represented as a file with a .exe extension.
Name: Software Reporter tool
File size: 13.7 MB
Latest Version number: 18.104.22.168
According to users, there are reportedly two main issues that frequently occur while using the Software Reporter Tool, which is as follows:
This software causes a high load when it scans the entire system. According to reports, the software Reporter tool can take a large portion of RAM consumption. It can cause your computer activities to slow down or run sluggishly.
Some people do not prefer this tool due to privacy concerns. The software Reporter Tool informs Google about the scan results, which questions the users’ privacy concerns. It regularly scans the files on your computer and sends the results to Google.
You will find an error with a note saying, “Google Chrome Software Reporter Tool has stopped working,” when this tool has crashed. This will affect the formal functioning of the computer.
As the software detects useful extensions, software, and apps as harmful, it will automatically remove them without notifying the user. This can be confirmed troublesome for the user as it can also remove useful files which affect how Google Chrome is run.
When errors occur:
The speed of your system says it all. If you find the speed of your computer slower than the usual speed, that means the software Reporter tool is not working or consuming a lot of CPU usage.
Why do they occur?:
The Software Reporter Tool uses excessive system resources, which means it causes high CPU usage. This results in a slowdown of the system.
The user faces the issue when the system is not working properly. If the software’s CPU usage is more than 80-90%, the issue is reported when Google chrome is closed.
How to fix this:
To fix the errors caused by the Software Reporter Tool, use the following ways:
Update the latest version of Chrome and Keep the Cache clean:
This software shows high CPU usage if you are using the outdated Chrome version or if the cache is corrupt. This might create incompatibility between the OS modules.
This problem can be resolved by updating the latest version of Google chrome and clearing the cache. To update Google Chrome, follow the steps mentioned below:
- Firstly, launch Google Chrome, and then, on the top right, click on the menu. Select settings and click on the Chrome tab. On the right side, you should make sure that Chrome is updated.
- Relaunch the Chrome browser once the Chrome installation is updated. After that, check if the CPU usage issue has resolved yet or not. If the issue is not resolved, launch Chrome again, click on the three ellipses, and move your cursor towards ‘More tools.’
- In the sub-menu option, select the Clear browsing data. Click sign out in the window shown. (near the bottom). Go to drop down of Time range and select All Time.
- Checkmark all the boxes shown and click on the clear data button. Once you are done with all the steps mentioned above, reboot your computer. After that, launch Chrome to check if the software Reporter tools usage of CPU is back to normal or not.
Rename the .exe file of the software:
If the above process doesn’t work for you, you should rename the file .exe of the software Reporter tool, which might help you fix the error. Here is how you can go about doing that:
- First, you should make sure that there is no ongoing process related to the Chrome browser operating in your system’s task manager.
- After that, click on the windows and select run.
- Now, move on to the given directions. Copy and paste the address
- Open the Chrome version and delete the software_reporter_tool.exe file.
- Reboot your computer and check if the issue is resolved.
Is The Software Reporter Tool safe? Is it malware?
Most people are not aware of this software. It is downloaded through Chrome, so there are no security risks attached to it.
The software Reporter Tool is not malware, but most of the time, people take it as a malicious file because the executable file takes high CPU usage or runs in the background. The anti-virus does not detect anything from this software.
How to remove the Software Reporter tool:
There are two most common ways of removing the software reporter tool from Google servers which are mentioned below:
Remove the software tool permission:
By removing the security permissions from the file will make the software stop working. To do this, follow these simple steps:
- Open file Explorer and browse ‘C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data.’
- Select the security tab and click the Advanced button.
- Select Disable inheritance button on the security setting window.
- This will result in services asking you what you would like to do with the current permission. When you see this option, select Remove all Inherited permissions.
- Now you will receive a message in the permission entries pane.
- Select apply, and the process is completed.
- Disable the Chrome Cleanup by Registry entries:
You can remove the software by following the below-mentioned steps:
- Select Windows Key + R and type ‘Regedit.’ Press Enter.
- From Registry Editor, move to ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome’
- Name the entry with ‘Chrome Cleanup Enabled’ and set the value to 0.
- Create another Dword entry by repeating the same process but name the file with ‘Chrome Cleanup Reporting Enabled,’ and the value should be set to 0.