How to Fix “Aw, Snap! STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION” Error on Chrome & Edge

The STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION is a random error encountered by the users while browsing the web on Google Chrome. Even some users also reported the error on the most stable version of the Microsoft Edge browser.

As per the users, during surfing the internet all of a sudden the webpage start crashing unexpectedly and they get the error message on their screen:


The error usually occurs due to unspecified program code request access for memory without proper authority.

Generally, this is seen on the website’s advertising or if multiple extensions are installed on the browsers and start conflicting with some web pages.

If you are also troubled with the error on your Chrome or Edge browser then try refreshing the page couple of times as this will fix the error temporarily.

Moreover, try to update Chrome or Edge (as discussed below) and fix the error code: status_access_violation.

Here in this article, we have managed to list down the potential fixes that worked for many affected users to solve the error code.

1. Download and Install the Latest Browser Updates

Well, the error can be caused due to bugs or some internal glitches. So, if you are not running an updated version then try to update your browsers.

To update Chrome:

  1. You need to download the latest version of the Chrome setup.
  2. And double click to Install > wait to complete the installation process.

Instead, you can check for updates from Chrome by typing chrome://settings in the address bar after that click on About Chrome, wait till it checks for updates and downloads it.

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Check for updates

To Update Edge:

  1. In the top right corner,> click on the three dots or Options button
  2. Click on Help and feedback > and About Microsoft Edge
  3. If any update is available this start downloading the update automatically
  4. And once the update process is finished > restart the browser.

After updating both browsers check for an Aw snap error message that appears while browsing or not.

2. Run a Stable Version of your Browsers

If you are running an unstable version of Chrome or Edge browser then switch to the stable one. The Chrome users should check if they are using the Canary version and consider switching to the latest stable version.

Follow the given instruction for chrome:

  1. Press Windows + R keys and in the Run box now type appwiz.cpl and hit OK
  2. And in the Control Panel choose Chrome Canary then click Uninstall
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  3. Wait till the unstable version of Chrome is uninstalled

Now install the latest version of Chrome and check if the Aw, Snap! error on chrome is resolved.

Moreover, if you are using Microsoft Edge, uninstall the Edge from Control Panel and install the latest stable version from the official website.

3. Disable Installed Extensions

The browser extensions have various rights and can access the browser’s special functions. So, try disabling the entire extensions on both the browsers and check if this works for you to fix the error.

For Chrome Browser

  1. On Chrome at the top right corner click on the three dots, click on More Tools and click on Extensions
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  2. Now in the page opened, you will see the entire extensions enabled > uncheck the enabled extensions to disable them or simply click the trash icon to delete them.

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    Disable chrome extensions

For Edge Browser 

  1. Launch Edge and at the top right corner of the browsers click on Extensions
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  2. And choose the toggle icon next to the extensions to disable it.

Once the extensions are disabled check if the error is resolved, but if not then it is clear the error is not related to the extensions, so you can enable them.

And head to the next solution.

4. Modify the .exe filename

Try changing the .exe filename of the browsers as this worked for many users to solve the error.

For Chrome browser users:

If you are running a Chrome browser then follow the steps given to do so:

  1. Press Windows Key + E to open File Explorer
  2. Now in the location bar paste the given command c:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application
  3. Then right-click on Chrome.exe and select Rename and change it Chrom.exe or any other you like.

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    Change .exe name
  4. And restart Chrome to see if the error is resolved.

For Edge browser users

Follow the steps given to change the .exe filename on Edge

  1. Press Windows Key + E to open File Explorer
  2. In the location bar paste c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application
  3. Now on msedge.exe right-click and choose Rename you can change it to Medge.exe or anyone you like.

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    Change edge.exe filename
  4. Restart the Edge app and check if the error is fixed.

5. Create New User Profile

You can also try creating a new user profile to fix the error on Chrome or Edge.

For Chrome:

Click on the current profile from the top right corner window now tap on “+” > and label or name it click on Done.

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Add new profile in chrome

For Edge:

Click on the current profile > then on the above right corner window click Add Profile and click on Add for creating a new profile, after that name or label it.

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Add the new profile of Edge

6. Reset the Setting to Default

If none of the above-listed fixes works for you to troubleshoot the error then here it is suggested to try resetting the Browser Setting to default.

Follow the steps given as per your browser:

For Google Chrome: 

  1. Launch Chrome and in the address bar type chrome://settings tap on the Enter key.

    Open Chrome Settings
  2. Now scroll down and click on the Advanced settings option
  3. In the end, you will see the option Restore settings to their original defaults.
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  4. Then click to restore for opening the Reset settings
  5. Lastly, click the Reset settings button.
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And this will reset the profile to the fresh install state.

For Microsoft Edge 

On Windows 10 you will get the option to reset Edge through Settings and to do so follow the steps given.

  1. At the right, corner clicks on the Edge’s menu button the three horizontal dots. And from the drop-down menu click on Settings.
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  2. Now on the left side click on the Reset settings option
  3. In the window click on the option Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Now in the confirmation dialog box appeared with the details of the restored components to their default state > click on the Reset button for completing the restoration process.
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    Restore settings to their default values in Edge
  5. It is estimated now the error is resolved on both browsers.

Bonus Tip: Install Adblock           

This is a bonus tip that you can give a try if none of the above-listed solutions works for you to fix the error code STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION Chrome or Edge.

Here it is suggested to install the Adblock extension on your browser, as this blocks the developer website advertisement that might include poor codes and causing the error.

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Install Adblock extension in your browser

That’s it, hope one of our solutions managed to fix the error.


Muhammad Zubyan

Muhammad Zubyan is a certified Google IT Support Professional with over 7 years of extensive experience. He has worked on more than 1500 computers, gaining valuable insights that enable him to detect and troubleshoot any complicated root cause of Windows-related issues and errors. In addition to managing Appuals as a Senior Editor, he is currently developing his own Game Optimization program that caters to both gamers and casual users alike.