Latest Google Chrome Update Brings Back “Aw, Snap” Error On Windows 10

The release of Chrome 79 brings back an annoying problem for Google Chrome users. Several Chrome users [1,2,3, 4] who tried to load any website encountered the ‘Aw, Snap’ error.

As a matter of fact, Google enabled the problematic Code Integrity feature in the latest version of the browser. The error was initially reported on systems running an outdated version of Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP). However, the user reports confirmed that the feature makes the browser incompatible with other software including CylancePROTECT endpoint security solution.

According to the Reddit thread, Chrome works fine on Android and iOS devices.

“I keep getting the “aw snap” message and I can’t go onto any pages. It works fine on my phone so I googled it and I tried to restart and check the internet like the support suggested and it did nothing. I tried to clear my cache, but whenever I click on “clear browsing data” nothing happens. Incognito doesn’t work either. I got a pop up that says ad block is down and to click it to restart the expansion but nothing happens when I click. Please help.”

Chrome Aw, Snap Error
Aw, Snap Error

Google Acknowledged The Crash Reports

The Chromium team discussed the problem on the Microsoft support website and suggested a workaround as well. Google’s Chrome Support Manager Craig confirmed that the problem is linked with Chrome’s Renderer Code Integrity feature.

“I can confirm that Renderer Code Integrity was enabled with yesterday’s push of Chrome M79. When the feature was first released with Chrome M78 in October, we became aware of some incompatibilities with select software providers. We temporarily paused the feature launch while we partnered to resolve the discovered incompatibilities.”

As a quick reminder, this is not a new problem and the Renderer Code Integrity caused incompatibilities when it was previously enabled in Chrome 78. Google recommends that you should update your anti-virus and restart your system to prevent the “Aw, Snap” crashes.

How To Fix “Aw, snap” Bug In Google Chrome

Fortunately, Google Chrome users have discovered a workaround to fix the bug. Follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. First, you need to create a Google Chrome shortcut on your desktop.
  2. Right-click the shortcut on your desktop and click Properties.
  3. Navigate to the target field and append the following command at the end of the target field as follows.
    “C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application” –disable-features=RendererCodeIntegrity
  4. Click OK to save the changes and relaunch the browser.

It remains to be seen if the glitch has affected other platforms as well. However, those who are using other Chromium-based browsers have noticed the crash issue.

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Alex Schoff


Alex is a technology reporter with a particular interest in Microsoft and Windows. He keeps a close eye on major developments related to Windows 10, Google Chrome, Office 365, and more.
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