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1/7/18
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Dat Pec

What folders can/does Chrome's software_reporter_tool.exe scan on my computer?

My computer was hanging at login and during Chrome load-up, so I go into Windows 7 Task Manager > Performance > Resource Monitor > Disk, and notice software_reporter_tool.exe is the highest Total (B/sec)...

I look it up and am reading that apparently it's a form of anti-malware scanner that searches for "programs" on my computer that might interfere with Chrome... https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/2765944

However, I'm not finding which folders it actually scans... anything from C:\ drive or other drives down?!

I've already got anti-malware on my computer that runs the way I've configured it... I don't want Chrome or any other program inserting their own scanning everything on my computer to see if it finds a "program" (or who knows what else) it doesn't like (or does)... I installed Chrome to SURF THE WEB, not rummage around in my filesystem looking for whatever Google tells it to and letting it go back to Google's servers.

Not only does this look like a breach of privacy, but may be a waste of resources and my own time.
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Matt - Community Specialist
1/7/18
Matt - Community Specialist
Hi Dat,

Thanks for reaching out to the Google Chrome Help Forum.

The software_reporter_tool.exe is a part of malware scan which detects the presence of harmful or malicious content on Chrome. It scans the folders related to Chrome. Please do not worry as your data wouldn't be effected by the clean up tool.

Do reach out to us if you have any other issues. We'd be glad to help.


Regards,

Matt


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