How to fix Google Chrome Error Code 0xc0000005

Is the Google Chrome browser becoming unresponsive within a few seconds of launch and showing up the error message “The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005). Click on OK to terminate the application“. Users on the internet have raised several complaints about this situation and there are some easy fixes for this problem. It seems that Symantec Endpoint protection is the real culprit here, though there are some other reasons as well.


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Fix 1 – Uninstall the antivirus

As we have mentioned before, Symantec Endpoint protection is the main culprit here and you should just uninstall it.

1. At first, right-click the Windows icon and tap “Run“.

 

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2. Now, write “appwiz.cpl” and click “OK” to access the Programs & Features page.

 

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3. Now, look for the “Symantec Endpoint Protection” app in the list of apps.

4. Once you have found the app, right-click it and tap “Uninstall“.

 

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Now, just follow the on-screen steps to uninstall the antivirus from your system.

Once you have uninstalled the antivirus, you will be asked to restart the system to completely remove all the antivirus files.

After you have rebooted the system, try to access Google Chrome and test.

 

Fix 2 – Edit the Registry

Altering the value of Start value in the Registry Editor should help find a quick resolution.

1. Click the Windows icon on the taskbar and type “registry” in the search box.


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2. Now, you can click on the “Registry Editor” in the search results.

 

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Warning – You are going to alter a particular value in the Registry Editor. It usually works well and doesn’t impact any other way. But sometimes, it may create unsolicited problems. So, before you do anything else, you should create a new registry backup.

a. Once you have opened the Registry Editor screen up, tap on “File” from the menu bar.

b. Then tap “Export” to make a new registry backup.

 

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Just store this backup in a discrete location.

3. On the left-hand pane, head on this address –

HKEY LOCAL MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SysMain

 

4. Look on the right-hand pane to find the “Start” value.

5. Now, double-click the value to adjust it yourself.

 

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6. Then, set the ‘Value data:’ to “4“.

7. Next, click “OK” to save the change.

 

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Once you have changed the Start value, close the Registry Editor. After that, restart your machine.

Once you log in again to your account,

 

Fix 3 – Run Chrome with modifiers

Running the Chrome app with a flag to check if it helps to fix your problem.

1. Go to your desktop and look for the Chrome icon there. This is the shorcut file.

2. Now, right-click the “Google Chrome” app and click “Properties“.

 

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3. On the Chrome Properties page, go to the “Shortcut” tab.

4. Here, in the ‘Target:’ box, at the end of the address, add a space and then paste this flag.

-no -sandbox

 

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5. After that, tap “Apply” and click “OK” to apply this change and save it.

 

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Now, launch the Chrome browser and test whether it is working or not.

 

Fix 4 – Run Chrome in administrator mode

Chrome, set to run in compatibility mode, may cause this problem.

1. You have to right-click on the “Chrome” icon and tap “Open file location“.

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If you can’t find the Chrome icon on the Desktop, you can do this –

a. Search for “chrome” using the search box.

b. Now, right-click the “Google Chrome” and then, click “Open file location“.

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3. This will lead you to the location of the Google Chrome application.

4. Once you are there, right-click the “Google Chrome” app and tap “Properties“.

 

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5. When the Google Chrome page opens up, head on to the “Compatibility” tab.

6. Here, make sure the “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” box is unticked.

7. Now, check the “Run this program as an administrator” box to always run the browser with administrative permission.

 

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8. To apply this modification, tap “Apply” and “OK“.


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After that, launch the Chrome browser using the desktop icon.

 

Fix 5 – Uninstal and reinstall Chrome

You have to uninstall the Chrome browser and reinstall it.

1. At first, press the Win key+R keys to invoke the Run box.

2. Then, paste this there and click “OK“.

appwiz.cpl

 

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3. Now, just right-tap the “Google Chrome” app and tap “Uninstall“.

 

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4. Now, tap “Uninstall” to uninstall the browser from your system.

 

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After uninstalling Google Chrome, download and run the Chrome installer on your system.

The new Google Chrome browser will work just fine and you won’t face the issue.

If none of these solutions have worked, you can opt for other alternatives such as Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Opera etc.

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