Can’t you open Google Chrome on your Windows computer? On this post, I will show you to fix the error Google Chrome not opening.
Google Chrome is the most used web browser worldwide, but this does not mean that it is not without problems. One of the most frustrating issues for Chrome users is to see how the browser doesn’t open or doesn’t work, something that some users have to face in a Windows environment. If this happens to you, I will show what you can do to solve the problem.
If you find that Chrome doesn’t open, you may find a message that tells you that Google Chrome has stopped working. This can be caused because some browser files have been corrupted or because some of the extensions installed in Chrome are consuming too many PC resources.
But let’s see one by one the ways to fix this error on Windows.
Method #1: Clean Google Chrome
Chrome used to have a downloaded tool to reset all the settings to their default state, removing any unwanted malware or problem in the process. Right now that tool isn’t available anymore, but you can try it downloading an old version. Follow these steps:
- First, you need to download from this link Google Chrome Cleanup Tool
- Once downloaded, run the file double-clicking on it
- Maybe Windows will ask you for Admin rights, click on Yes
- Now, the tool will start automatically to find any unwanted malware or fix errors.
- Click on Remove (if the tool finds any malware)or in Continue.
- Finally, you need to click on the Reset button to restore Chrome
- This tool will reset all the settings to their default values, so your homepage, tabs, history, etc. will be removed
- Once Chrome has been reset, try to open it
Method #2: Disable Antivirus and Firewall
Something that you can try before anything else is to disabling your Antivirus and then your Firewall to troubleshoot the error.
Disable your Antivirus
- Rightclick on your Antivirus icon located in the taskbar
- There navigate to the options: Disable shield > Disable Protection temporarily (depending on your Antivirus)
- Open Google Chrome (if you can)
- Open the Run window using the keyboard shortcut: Win + R
- In the box copy the command
controland press Enter
- Once in the Control Panel, navigate to the section System and Security, then click on Windows Defender Firewall
- On the left side menu, click on the option: Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off
- There check the two buttons in both public and private networks: Turn off Windows Defender Firewall
- Finally, try to open again Google Chrome
Method #3: End Chrome from Task Manager
When you are surfing the web sometimes due to a third factor, such as a website or an ad, the page stops responding correctly, and Google Chrome crashes. Therefore you can use the Task Manager to verify that Google Chrome isn’t running to fix the error.
- Open the Task Manager using the keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + Shift + Esc
- Inside the Task Manager, look for the Google Chrome process and right-click on it.
- A menu will appear with several options will be displayed.
- Click on the End task option.
- With this, you will be able to stop Chrome, and now you can try to open it.
Method #4: Disable All Extensions
Extensions are useful addons for your browser. Those little programs can help you to add more features to the browser, but sometimes they can affect the optimal performance of Google Chrome. Follow these steps to disable the extension:
- Go to your desktop and right-click on the Google Chrome shortcut
- In the menu that appears to click on the option Properties
- Now find the Target box, there add the following add the end:
- Finally, click on the Apply button and then in OK
- Try to open Google Chrome again
Method #5: Disable Proxy
If you are using some proxy for surfing the web, you may need to disable it to troubleshoot Google Chrome. Sometimes these servers block the Google Chrome app; therefore, it will close every time you opened.
- Press the keyboard shortcut Win + R to open the Run window
- In the blank box type the command control then press Enter
- There navigate to the section Network and Internet then click on Internet Options
- On the Internet Properties window, navigate to the tab Connections
- Now, click on the button LAN settings
- Finally, uncheck the box: Use a proxy server for your LAN
Method #6: Reinstall Chrome
You haven’t been able to open Google Chrome after all the methods I show you above? Try to reinstall Google Chrome, and this is the best things that you can try to fix this browser.
- Open the Windows Settings using the keyboard shortcut: Win + I
- There navigate to the section Apps
- On the right side, find and select the program Google Chrome
- Finally, click on the button Uninstall
Windows 7, 8.1
- Open the Run window using Win + R
- There type the command
controland press Enter
- Navigate to Programs and then to Programs and Features
- Now find and select the program GoogleChrome
- Finally, at the top, click on the button Uninstall
Now you only need to download Chrome from here and install it as usual
Method #7: Download Canary Chrome
Another solution to fix Google Chrome when it doesn’t open is to try another Chrome version.
Chrome Canary is the developer version that gets the latest features. Although this version is only for developers, you can also try to install it to check that you can run Chrome on your computer
You can download this version from this link: Chrome Canary
Method #8: Restart Your computer
Well, although it seems like a joke, restarting the computer can fix several errors including when your apps don’t open. This method works great on Windows 10, because this OS has, by default, enabled the Fast Startup feature.
So, click on the Start menu and then in the Power button, there select the option Restart.
Wrapping Up: Google Chrome Not Opening
With these simple methods, you will solve the error in the Google Chrome browser. This way, you will be able to navigate Google Chrome correctly and smoothly again.
I hope this tutorial helps you, if you know another way to fix this error or have any question, let me know in the comments section below.