How to disable Software Reporter Tool easily – 2022

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Software Reporter Tool, part of the Chrome Cleanup Tool, comes packaged with our Google Chrome browser. It scans our computer’s drive and reports the scan results to Google, which later prompts us users to remove conflict programs for better browser experience.

But if you ever find the Software Reporter Tool:

  • hogging too much of your CPU;
  • trying to remove some safe apps or even useful add-ons on your Chrome;
  • compromising your privacy of Internet activities

etc, you might want to disable the feature. (That said, it’s always recommended to have other trustworthy antivirus programs installed on your computer).

How to disable Software Reporter Tool

All the screenshots below are from Windows 10. But the methods also work in Windows 8 & 7.

Just work your way down the method list:

  1. Open with Notepad and delete the contents
  2. Disable Software Reporter Tool

Open with Notepad and delete the contents

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and E at the same time. Then click on the address bar, copy & paste C:\Users into the box and press Enter.

2) Double-click on your Windows user namethe address bar. Then copy & paste \AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\SwReporter right after the address bar and press Enter.

(NO SPACE between user name and \AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\SwReporter)

3) Double-click on the number folder. Then right-click on software_reporter_tool and choose to open with Notepad.

4) Delete EVERYTHING inside and save the file.

Disable Software Reporter Tool

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and E at the same time. Then click on the address bar, copy & paste C:\Users into the box and press Enter.

2) Double-click on your Windows user namethe address bar. Then copy & paste \AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\SwReporter right after the address bar and press Enter.

(NO SPACE between user name and \AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\SwReporter)

3) Double-click on the number folder. Then right-click on software_reporter_tool and click Properties.

4) Click the Security tab > Advanced.

5) Click Disable inheritance.

6) Click Remove all inherited permissions from this object..

7) Click Apply > OK to save the changes.

That’s it – 2 easy methods for you to get rid of this resource-hungry Software Reporter Tool. Hope this helps and feel free to comment below if you have any further questions.

By Enya Zhang

Enya is a writer at supereasy.com who spends most of her working hours scouring the web to find the best bargains and deals for her readers - a job that combines her two great loves: writing and shopping. She's an introextrovert who loves being out and about, hanging out with friends and exploring new things, but also enjoys staying home and unleashing her inner nerd - reading, getting hands-on with the latest tech, and binge watching clever TV shows and movies.

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