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What’s GoogleCrashHandler.exe (Google Crash Handler)? Is it safe or a virus?

Have you ever had Google Chrome or any other Google software crash on your PC? If so, you may have noticed the GoogleCrashHandler.exe process starting up in your Windows Task Manager.

Our team at SpyShelter found GoogleCrashHandler.exe is a normal process to find running on your PC, for anyone running any Google software.

The .exe is designed to monitor and report any crashes or errors that occur within Google software such as Chrome, Google Earth, and other Google products. When a crash or error occurs, GoogleCrashHandler.exe collects information about the issue and sends it to Google for analysis. This helps Google identify and fix bugs.

Therefore, if you're using Google software and you run into an error then you're likely to see Google Crash Handler on your PC. The app should be safe, as long as it's signed by Google LLC.

(Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes GoogleCrashHandler.exe (Google Crash Handler)?

We’ve found Google LLC should be the publisher of GoogleCrashHandler.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is GoogleCrashHandler.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the GoogleCrashHandler.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find GoogleCrashHandler.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 2, 2024

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