What is old_chrome.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the old_chrome.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Old_chrome.exe file information

The process known as Google Chrome belongs to software Google Chrome by Google (

Description: Old_chrome.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file old_chrome.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)" (usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,140,888 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 860,488 bytes, 846,288 bytes, 1,586,008 bytes or 812,872 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The file is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The file is not a Windows core file. Old_chrome.exe is able to manipulate other programs, monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 17% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with old_chrome.exe, you can completely remove Google Chrome (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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If old_chrome.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 54% dangerous. The file size is 1,378,648 bytes. The program is not visible. The old_chrome.exe file is a Verisign signed file. Old_chrome.exe is digitally signed. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The old_chrome.exe file is not a Windows system file. Old_chrome.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as old_chrome.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the old_chrome.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Best practices for resolving old_chrome issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with old_chrome. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the old_chrome.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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