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What’s GoogleCrashHandler64.exe (Google Crash Handler)? Is it safe or a virus?

If you've ever had Google's Chrome browser crash (and who hasn't) you've probably seen this process pop-up in your Windows Task Manager. Some of our team here at SpyShelter in Austin uses Chrome, so we're very familiar with this .exe, and it's safe in our opinion.

GoogleCrashHandler64.exe is a process developed by Google LLC that is designed to handle and send crash reports for Google products. This is the 64 bit version of the Google Crash Handler executable...

When a Google application or service encounters an error or crash, this process kicks in to collect relevant information about the issue and report it back to Google for analysis. This helps Google identify and fix bugs and issues in their software.

It's not so fun to crash, but if you see this process running you'll know Google is aware of the issue.

(Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes GoogleCrashHandler64.exe (Google Crash Handler)?

We’ve found Google LLC should be the publisher of GoogleCrashHandler64.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 GoogleCrashHandler64.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the GoogleCrashHandler64.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find GoogleCrashHandler64.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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