Software Reporter Tool – Step By Step Guide

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Software Reporter Tool is a Google Chrome verify or scans process that monitors your Chrome install if any problems are interfering with the normal functioning of the browser then it reports. The tool does not connect to the web but if you use mainly browser to recognize programs that may conflict with it.

You may notice the Software Reporter Tool process eventually, when you run Google Chrome on a Windows PC and monitor processes that run on the machine.  The executable file of the Software Reporter Tool is software_ reporter_ tool.exe that is visible as a 54kb executable.



  1. It may cause a high use system load when it scans the system. If you frequently see a massage Google Chrome Software Reporter Tool has stopped working or you face a high CPU usage for this process, then you might want to disable or remove it.
  2. The tool informs Google about the scan results which some users may dislike due to the privacy concerns.

Here in this article we are going to about how you can disable Software Reporter Tool.


  1. open Chrome Cleanup Tool.
  2. You need to use Chrome’s Malware Scanner and Cleanup Tool, for removing unwanted software which cause to disturbance.

The user is completely unknown the existence of this components, unless and until the user deliberately searches for software reporter tool. So, the question is arising what is the role of this Chrome add-on? Basically, software reporter tool is an executable file that scanned results to the chrome in the shape of reports these executable file runs once a week.

The software reporter tool scans the system if any unwanted software applications that may be interfering with chrome browsing experience, then it makes a report and send to the Chrome. Mostly cases that are occur during the scanning the system are, the tool reports during the incidents like site crashes, based on the reports or tool reports the Chrome about unexpected advertisements, then chrome prompts the user to run Chrome cleanup tool as part of the scanning process.


Software reporter tool is the executable file that is present in Chrome app data folder as the name of file software_reporter_tool.exe. The Chrome app data contains all the information about the user’s chrome profile like saved passwords, bookmarks, browser settings and others user’s information. The .exe file is visible under the software reporter folder in the Chrome app data folder.


Software reporter tool is connected with Chrome clean up tool. Yes! These both software reporter tool and chrome cleanup tool are identical. Now a question is arrived what is the situation where could be the need to have them as a separate tool? According to the Google, the software reporter tool scan to Chrome based on the scanned reports, and send a report to the Chrome, then the Chrome browser prompts the user to clean the unwanted software through Chrome Cleanup tool. So, the software reporter tool is used when scan the chrome and Chrome Cleanup tool is used when remove the unwanted software.


Many users are mainly worried about its enormous CPU consumptions on running the tool in the background, while the tool helps in removing obstacles that could hurdle the browser experience. The running time of this tool is approximately 20 minutes which may slow down your other activity in the system. This tool may not be a source of the intrusion, unless you run the third party software that constitutes a problem on a regular basis.


As a user, you may be conscious about the privacy. If you are satisfied about your network privacy, then you can simply check the authenticity of the tool by open the file of .exe file. morever, This tool is completely safe because you may notice that the component is digitally signed by Google with the file description as Chrome Cleanup tool. It is worth mentioning that the software reporter doesn’t connected to the network communication. The only working of this tool is to report Chrome about the unwanted software that may not be working correctly with Chrome browser.


In windows 10 and older versions of Windows you find the Software Reporter Tool under the following path.

C:\users\USERNAME\.AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data \SWReporter\VERSION\software_reporter_tool.exe


While it is pretty straightforward and simple to uninstall, remove or delete the content of the entire folder or rename the executable file itself.

whenever you update the web browser, so many offers only temporary relaxation as Google starts pushing the Software Reporter Tool to the system back again.

If you remove permissions so that no user has access to the folder.

To do this following these steps:

  1. Open Run dialog box and paste the below path

%localappdata%\Google\Chrome\User Data\SwReporter

  1. Right- click on Software_reporter_tool and choose Properties
  2. In the Properties dialog box, switch to the Security tab.


  1. Select Advance and Choose “Disable inheritance” option.



  1. Choose “Remove all inherited permissions from this object

  1. At last step, select Apply and then OK button to save the changes.

Here no any other user will have access to the Software Reporter Tool, and no update are applied to it. And doesn’t cause any issues to functioning of Google Chrome.


It remember that the reporter doesn’t have any network communication. Its job only scan Chrome and report to the Chrome. You may want to check the information that sent by Chrome Cleanup tool to Google, then you follow these steps:

  •  Click on “Information about your computer” which open the log file of the user.
  • open log file and check information.
  • You can find the Chrome Cleanup Tool log file by following the path:

(%localappdata%\Google\Chrome Cleanup Tool).

Update: Now that Google has added Chrome Cleanup tool.

  • Open Chrome Settings, which you find the path thorough following these steps:
  • Go to the Advance Settings
  • Reset and Cleanup then cleanup computer.

If you want to disable then turn off “Report details to Google” option.

If you turn off Report details to Google then you not see any notification of report detail.



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