Google is the most popular and admittingly the most efficient search engine in the globe. Having been founded in September 4th,1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin who would have thought that it would be one of the most successful and applicable software all over the world.

Now with recent and progressive technological advancements, Google became the most powerful tool compared to other search engines, as new data is made known to the system. One may say Google is a child who is taught new things each and every day thanks to the data entry computed.

Knowledge never ends and technology has just started. Globally from all smartphones and computers you would find that Google is the most popular search engine used. Come to think most people have Gmail accounts as compared to Yahoo and other email accounts. Let’s set that aside and talk about how we can disable Google’s software reporting tool.

NB: It is very important to be careful when dealing with files and folders, more specifically those associated with Local disk C. These files contain majority of the system files that support Application, Software and System running therefore any delete or tamper with a single file would and may result it performance and running issues.

First, we need to know what a Software reporter tool is:

As it comes installed with Google, the intention behind it is to disable the processes which interfere or conflict with the Google’s user experience of making the browser work more efficiently.

It’s default location can be accessed in the following folder: %localappdata%\google|chrome|UserData\SwReporter\\software_reporter_tool.exe

Below are some of the simple ways you can disable the Software reporter tool:

  • Deleting it’s contents.
  • Deleting the Software reporter tool.exe (SRT).
  • Disabling the Google Software reporter tool using file permissions.

Deleting it’s contents:

This is probably a bit tricky to go with but still an efficient method to go with when dealing with this. First and foremost, one would have to open Notepad and click on the open menu. Once done, one would have to navigate to this specific path:%localappdata%\google\chrome\UserData\SwReporter\\

After completing the above directory, select all files from the open menu as I will show you in the diagram below and select software_ reporter_tool.exe from the list and click on it. Select all files (Ctrl+A) hence delete all contents and save the file. By doing so this will ensure the Software reporter will not be able to run.

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Deleting the Software reporting tool.exe

This is a temporary method that involves taking the individuals’ CPU and power usage above the expected numbers. This option will not hinder any background operations of Google, but will keep running the Chrome browser  smoothly. Being a temporary method it’s safe to assure you that there won’t be any data lost during the process as the executable tool will reappear after the search engine (Google) is updated to a latest version.

Disabling the Software reporting tool using file permissions

The last method one can use. It is almost similar to disabling the software tool by deleting it’s contents but this option revolves around the permissions granted by the user to the search engine (Google).

First one would need to go to the following directory, %localappdata%\google\chrome\UserData\SwReporter\\.

After which you would need to right-click software_reporter_tool.exe and then proceed by selecting properties. Select the security tab followed by edit, removing all groups and users present from the list.

Unfortunately if you do not have the option of removing or deselecting users, one can simply Deny in the permissions list denying all users.

This option will make the tool not run automatically.

These three approaches are the simple ways of disabling Google’s Software Reporting Tool.