A PC in a dark room with Chrome Software Reporting Tool enabled

Chrome Software Reporting Tool. What is it and how to block it?

Some people notice that there are some processes in their Windows PC Task Manager named Software Reporting Tool. It tends to consume a lot of processing power. So what exactly is that thing?

Software Reporter Tool is a process of the executable file software_reporter_tool.exe. That’s a tool of Google Chrome Browser – a part of Chrome Cleanup Tool. This tool is responsible for removing user distractions like various cheeky extensions with advertising.

What it does exactly?

The Software Reporter tool is actually making the scanning for viruses and fraud extensions. It goes through your hard drive and sends the reports of all the suspicious software to Google. Then Google Chrome tells you if you should remove some software to facilitate your experience and make it safer.

But why do people actually want to turn Software Reporter Tool off? That’s quite simple:

  1. There are cases when this tool loads your CPU really hard. This process alone can get up to 50% of your processor time. And because sometimes it gets ip to half and hour to scan a hard drive your PC may be working slow for a long time.
  2. Some of the users like to keep their personal data to themselves. It’s kind of hard to do when some software sans your whole drive and sends info to Google. Privacy is very important for some of us. Of course, they say that this process only scans Chrome-specific folders, but you can never know everything for sure.

For Windows 7 and newer the Software Reporter Tool is typically located in the following folder: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\SwReporter\VERSION\software_reporter_tool.exe

software reporter tool folder in Windows explorer


How to block the Software Reporter Tool

Disclaimer: If your remove the tool, be aware that it can make Google Chrome to be unable to delete software threats and other stuff like unwanted extensions.

The simplest way is just to completely delete the software_reporter_tool.exe file but it can be restored as soon as you install a new Google Chrome Update.

However there is a better option to block the Software Reporter tool. You should remove all the permissions to access the Software Reporter Tool folder — that way it won’t be working again after a next Chrome Update.

Here is a quick instruction on how to block it:

  1. Right-click SwReporter folder. Select “Properties” from the context menu.
  2. Select “Security” tab.
  3. In this window select “Advanced” with left mouse button.
  4. Choose “Disable Inheritance” and specify “remove all inherited permissions from this object.”
  5. Click “Apply” button and then click “Yes” in the security dialogue.
  6. Press “OK”.
  7. Press “OK” to finish this process.

software reporter tool disabling menu in Windows explorer

Now no user and no group would be able to get the access to the Software Reporter Tool. That way your settings won’t be spoiled by future Google Chrome updates.


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