Why My Google Chrome Won’t Open? Here’s The Fix!

Google Chrome is undoubtedly one of the fastest and robust browsers whether you want to download, browse, stream or do anything. Sometimes you may come across an annoying error like “Google Chrome Won’t Open at All”. You may click on it thousand times but it won’t open at all.

You may have tried different things to fix this issue but nothing worked. Chrome which is not opening at all can make you go crazy. You also are not ready to use other browser because it has your bookmarks, extensions installed, and passwords saved. Though you can import your browsing data to other browser, but you can’t leave Chrome because you loved it.

Steps to Fix Error “Chrome Won’t Open”

Google Chrome Won't Open

  • Open Task Manager and End Chrome Process
  • Malware Scan
  • Reboot Several Times
  • Reinstall Chrome
  • Reset Google Chrome

Reasons behind the Error “Google Chrome Won’t Open”

If your Chrome still doesn’t start even after going through all the steps above, it means Chrome is attacked by some malware or there must be a malicious program which is preventing Chrome to be launched. It may be anything like Third-Party Firewall, Antivirus, Antivirus-installed Firewall, or any program you have downloaded causing trouble. In that case, ownership is changed on Chrome and you are unable to start the browser with your user account.

There must be three programs cause those issues, according to Support Page in Google Chrome –

  • Comodo Firewall
  • Spyware Doctor
  • McAfee Enterprise

Disable those programs if you have installed any of those programs on your Chrome and add Exception in Firewall settings. Re-enable those programs and remove Spyware Doctor. If it still doesn’t fix the error, keep reading.

How to Fix Error “Google Chrome Won’t Open”?

If you are one of those who are looking for this type of fix, be sure to start by trying these steps –

  1. Open Task Manager and End Chrome Process – Launch Task Manager and end all the Google Chrome processes running. See if it is working or not. If not,
  2. Restart your PC and see again.

If you have another user account on your PC, try to logon to that account and find out if it is working or not. If Chrome works on another account, it means first account has a fault. If it still doesn’t work on any of your user accounts, your Chrome won’t work on all users.

The Last Resort…

If all the above steps are failed and error couldn’t resolve, this final fix is your last resort before re-installing or resetting Chrome. Keep in mind that it may also not work. As discussed earlier, ownership in Google Chrome is affected by some incompatible program or malware. To get the same ownership back from that account, go through these steps –

  • Simply right click on Chrome icon > Open File Location. You can also go to Computer > C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application (for 32bit OS) or C:\Program Files(x86)\Google\Chrome\Application.

You may also find it in this path – C:\Users\<USER>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application

Or you simply right click on Chrome icon and click “Open File Location”

  • Now you need to create new Chrome shortcut on desktop. To do that, right click on Chrome and “Send to Desktop”.
  • Right click on the shortcut and select “Properties”
  • On Security tab, click “Advanced”
  • On “Advanced” option, it will open another window “Advanced Security Settings”. Now click “Change”.
  • Now it will open a new window to Select Group or User. Type User Name of yours and click “Check Names”. It will create your Computer Name/User Name, and press “OK” button.
  • Go to Advanced Security Settings, go to Effective Access tab and click “Select User”.
  • When you click on “Select User” the window of group or user will appear once more. Simply type USER name and click “Check Names” once more.
  • Press “OK” button.
  • On Advanced Security Settings, Press “Apply/OK”
  • Press OK/Apply on new shortcut of Chrome – Properties Window. It will save all the changes.

Launch Google Chrome to see if it opens and works properly. Or reboot your PC and see. Remove the older shortcut from Taskbar, Start Menu, and replace with new one. These steps resolve around 98% of causes of error “Chrome won’t open”. We hope Google Chrome will open without any error and work as is.

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