How to Fix Google Chrome Error 0xc00000a5

Error 0xc00000a5 messages can appear on Google Chrome while installation the software or while the browser launched. When this happens, the browser is unable to open any pages. These are the following symptoms of error 0xc00000a5:

  • Error 0xc00000a5 pops up and crashes the active browser window
  • Your PC frequently crashes with Error 0xc00000a5 when running the browser
  • Chrome Error 0xc00000a5 is always displayed
  • Google Chrome fails to initialize
  • Your PC becomes sluggish and responds slowly to keyboard or mouse input.
  • Windows periodically freezes for a few seconds at a time

There are several causes of Error 0xc00000a5 in Google Chrome. The most notable causes of this problem are:

  • Another application maliciously or mistakenly deleted Google Chrome files
  • Malware has corrupted Chrome-related files
  • Corrupt or incomplete installation of Google Chrome software
  • Corrupt Windows registry from a recent change (install, update or uninstall) Google Chrome software

Runtime errors like this can be caused by different factors, hence it is important that you use the right method to troubleshoot each of the possible causes to prevent it from reoccurring. In this guide, I assume you’re using Windows 8 or newer.

Method 1: Adding No Sandbox Flag

  1. Right click on the Google Chrome shortcut on the desktop
  2. Click on Properties
  3. At the end of the Target box, append –no-sandbox to the text command in that field
  4. Click on Apply and then OK.

Method 2: Reinstall Google Chrome

  1. Open the Programs and Features application by pressing Windows Key + X and then selecting Programs and Features or Start > Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features.
  2. Click on Google Chrome and then click Uninstall.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the removal of Google Chrome from your system.
  4. Visit here and grab the latest version of Google Chrome.
  5. Run the installer from the download location and follow the prompts to complete the installation.

Method 3: Disabling Compatibility Mode

If you are on Windows 7 and above, you need to check if compatibility mode is enabled and then disable it.

  1. Right-click on the Google Chrome shortcut and open Properties
  2. Click on the Compatibility Tab
  3. Uncheck the box under Compatibility mode if it’s active.

Changing the compatibility mode to Windows 7 can also solve the problem.


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