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What Is Software_Reporter_Tool And Why Its There In Chrome Thư mục? ?

When you install Chrome, Software_reporter_tool.exe also gets downloaded and will be visible in Chrome app data thư mục under SwReporter thư mục, and can be reached by running this command from the Run dialog: %localappdata%GoogleChromeUser DataSwReporter.

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No, you don’t need to worry about this as this component is digitally signed by Google has a description Chrome Cleanup Tool when you kiểm tra its properties.


Software Reporter Tool in Chrome App Data thư mục

Software Reporter Tool and Chrome Cleanup tool, what the difference between them?

FYI, to find and remove programs that cause trouble to Chrome, Google developed standalone Chrome Cleanup Tool (formerly known as Software Removal Tool) for Windows, this has been discontinued, no longer available for tải về.

Role of SRT/ what does it actually do?: Yes! Both Software Reporter Tool and Chrome Cleanup tool are same. But the former one installed with Google browser and resides in Chrome app data thư mục has a different task do.

According to Google, this tool runs once a week, doesn’t have network communication, lets Chrome know about the scan results. To elaborate, it reports about unwanted software detection to Chrome so that it prompts user to run Chrome Cleanup tool.


Google employee said this as a reply to a user reported in a forum thread when asked Chrome cleanup tool installed automatically without his consent:

“software_reporter_tool.exe is an executable that is signed by Google and downloaded as a component under Chrome’s application data thư mục. It is used to report whether unwanted software is present on the computer so that Chrome can prompt the user to run the Chrome Cleanup Tool (which used to be named Software Removal Tool, aka SRT).”



“Note that the reporter doesn’t have any network communication. It just lets Chrome know about the results of the scan. For Chrome users that opted-into metrics reporting, some of these results will be included in the metrics sent back to Google.”

You may want to kiểm tra the information sent by Chrome Cleanup tool to Google, to see that, when the tool is running nhấp chuột on ‘information about your computer’ (kiểm tra the above screenshot), which opens the log file. FYI, you can find the Chrome Cleanup Tool log file here :%localappdata%GoogleChrome Cleanup Tool.

Update: Now that Google has added Chrome Cleanup tool to Chrome Settings, which you can find in Advanced Settings > Reset and Cleanup > Cleanup computer,

You may want to disable the ‘Report details to Google’ option.

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Tìm kiếm giant updates the Chrome Cleanup Tool’s unwanted software database regularly, you can know which programs does the tool can remove here.

Now read How to block or disable Google Chrome’s Software Reporter tool

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Dirk Weber says

January 30, 2017 at 10:19 pm

So, if the role of “Software_reporter_tool.exe” is to report to Chrome about “unwanted” software on my system, who exactly determines that the software is unwanted? I mean, if a software package I downloaded is in direct competition with Google is it considered “unwanted” by the engineers that developed S_R_T? What are the ramifications of the vague answer given by the Google employee? Does she/he not have a more specific knowledge of what this piece of software does? Inquiring minds want to know.


deleteAndCreatefileWsameNamee says

May 1, 2017 at 5:43 pm

I copied the filename, deleted the file, and created a file by that name. software_reporter_tool.exe

It may be safe, but it’s not their business.


Venkat eswarlu says

May 1, 2017 at 6:41 pm

It is safe. Its there to know about unwanted software installed on your computer that may damage Chrome.The tool has no other importance or role apart from this.


Peter de Jong says

September 1, 2017 at 1:22 pm

Checking and reporting back on installed software is not only done by Chrome. Running windows 10? Read this list: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/configuration/windows-diagnostic-data


Richard F says

September 29, 2017 at 7:12 pm

Relax folks, this is not some massive invasion. This does not communicate to Google – no network capabilities. If you opted-in for metrics reporting, some of these results will be included in the metrics sent back to Google. Unwanted (a poor name) means a program that could interfere with the normal operation of the Chrome browser. It does not automatically remove software – it asks first giving the user that option.

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CopyConstructor says

December 7, 2017 at 6:01 pm

I agree with Richard F Some comments here are overcautious up to paranoid.


Mora says

April 30, 2018 at 1:04 am

In Chromevàgt;settingsvàgt;advancedvàgt;computer cleanup there is an option to opt out of “Report Details to Chrome”. However. every time Chrome restarts this option is again by default reset to enabled every time. When Chrome starts and runs the scanner once a week does it report the details to google before we get a chance to disable the opt out option?

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