Fix ‘status_access_violation’ Error in Chrome and Edge

Google Chrome recently added specific error codes to the “Aw snap” crash pages. You can see a collection of Chrome and Edge error codes here. My attempt is to document each of them and provide workarounds and fixes whenever possible.

Now that Edge is also based on Chromium, you will see similar error messages there too. We will look at troubleshooting steps for Microsoft Edge (Chromium) as well.

Update Chrome

Google is actively working on resolving this issue. The first troubleshooting step that you must do is update Google Chrome.

If you are on an older version, update it to the latest version, restart Chrome, and try again. If you are still getting the error, continue with the workarounds provided in this article.

status_access_violation – Workaround

status_access_violation is an error message that I could not find any workarounds or fixes for. However, on one of the Chrome forum threads, user Will B 7332 has provided the following workaround. Looking at the responses, there are a few users who found this useful.

  1. Locate the Chrome application. You will most likely find this in c;\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application.
  2. Rename the Chrome executable to anything other than Chrome. For example, chm.
  3. Open Chrome again and test.

If this workaround resolves your issue, please let us know in the comments section. It will be useful for other readers.

Review Extensions -Tampermonkey

Review your Chrome extensions. Visit chrome://extensions on a new tab and check all the installed extensions.

If you have the Tampermonkey extension installed, uninstall this, restart Chrome and try again. If you find any other extensions that you no longer use, uninstall them as well.

I will update this article when more workarounds or a permanent fix becomes available.

status_access_violation – Microsoft Edge

The first thing you should do is to update Edge to the latest version. Check this by going to Settings > Help and Feedback > About Microsoft Edge.

If that does not work, we can try a workaround.

For the status_access_violation error on Edge, we can try the same workaround as Chrome. Here is what you should do:

  1. Open C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application
  2. Rename the msedge.exe to something else, anything other than its current name.
  3. Restart Edge.

Update: This bug is already reported to Google. You can track the status here.

22 responses to “Fix ‘status_access_violation’ Error in Chrome and Edge”

  1. Status Access Violation has been reported to the Chrome developers.

    1. Dinsan – Bangalore, India – Digital Minimalist & Content Developer. Drinks Tea and writes Stuff (mostly about Chromebooks). My views are mostly copied from others.

      Thank you, Kim!

    2. Renaming the chrome application executable file worked, you are a genius, thank you, I had tried everything!!!!

      1. If you do that yoy can’t access the settings

  2. I have been suffering from an Aw Snap message in Chrome for several months. Several attempts to uninstall and reinstall have been extremely unsuccessful and Chrome has remained unusable until now. Thank you for publishing this Band-Aid fix slash workaround. Only now that the additional status_access_violation message is being displayed was I able to find your posting from Will B. I find it very odd that renaming the executable allows the application to open normally and am still awaiting a real fix. However finally being able to use my Chrome browser again is very much appreciated and I can’t thank you enough!

    1. Dinsan – Bangalore, India – Digital Minimalist & Content Developer. Drinks Tea and writes Stuff (mostly about Chromebooks). My views are mostly copied from others.

      You are welcome. Thank you for letting me know that it worked for you.

  3. Hallo, mir hat der Tipp von Will B 7332 geholfen:
    1.Suchen Sie die Chrome-Anwendung. Sie finden dies höchstwahrscheinlich unter c; \ Programme (x86) \ Google \ Chrome \ Application.
    2. Benennen Sie die ausführbare Chrome-Datei in etwas anderes als Chrome um. Z. Bsp. chm.
    3. Öffnen Sie Chrome erneut und testen Sie.

  4. Renaming the chrome executable fixed my “STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION” error. Thank you very much.

  5. hello guys,
    still i am facing problem status_access_violation. could please share with screen shot because i have followed all the steps which was mentioned.
    could you please suggest an solution for the same

  6. Still I have problem, it tell error code : status_access_violation

  7. Renaming the chrome executable fixed my “STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION” error. Thank you very much.

  8. Can somebody explain how renaming an app extension will work? After renaming, the app cannot be launched anymore, by all logic.
    How can I launch msedge.exe without having the executable?

  9. I have tried the renaming and re downloading Edge. The error is still there.

  10. I have the same problem, Stopped using Chrome because of “aw snaps” and now in Edge the Status_Access_Violation is ALL THE TIME. Renaming the file doesn’t work for me. Anyone has gotten another solution?

  11. Looks like the Status_Access_Violation has gone with the latest Microsoft Edge Dev build 20241.

    1. Dinsan – Bangalore, India – Digital Minimalist & Content Developer. Drinks Tea and writes Stuff (mostly about Chromebooks). My views are mostly copied from others.

      Thanks for the update, Bernd!

  12. Creative Pop Culture – United States – I don't care to sit here and tell you whats wrong, because like I said, i'm alright, i'm ok, i'm doing just fine, there's nothing you can do or say, so just leave me alone, walk away, go ask someone else if their ok, i'm fine really please let me be, go about your day and forget about me.

    Thanks for the sharing the Will B workaround, I can now access my browser and bookmarks again. Very much appreciated

  13. renamed it but the problem still persist

  14. This did not work. After renaming the exe, the browser opened but none of my streaming platforms could play.

  15. clean C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\87.0.4280.88\Extensions
    this was the works now.

    I uninstalled googlechrome.exe and the error still continued



  17. Solved this problem by downloading and installing Firefox. 🙂

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