When you install Chrome, Software_reporter_tool.exe also gets downloaded và will be visible in Chrome app data thư mục under SwReporter folder, 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 lớn worry about this as this component is digitally signed by Google has a description Chrome Cleanup Tool when you check its properties.

Software Reporter Tool in Chrome app Data folder

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

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

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

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


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

“software_reporter_tool.exe is an executable that is signed by Google & downloaded as a component under Chrome’s application data folder. It is used lớn report whether unwanted software is present on the computer so that Chrome can prompt the user lớn run the Chrome Cleanup Tool (which used khổng lồ 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 lớn Google.”

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

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

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

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Search 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 lớn 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 lớn 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 khổng lồ know.

deleteAndCreatefileWsameNamee says

May 1, 2017 at 5:43 pm

I copied the filename, deleted the file, và 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 và 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 khổng lồ Google – no network capabilities. If you opted-in for metrics reporting, some of these results will be included in the metrics sent back khổng lồ 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.

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 Chrome>settings>advanced>computer cleanup there is an option to opt out of “Report Details to Chrome”. However. Every time Chrome restarts this option is again by mặc định reset to enabled every time. When Chrome starts và runs the scanner once a week does it report the details to google before we get a chance to lớn disable the opt out option?