What is Google’s Crashpad_handler.exe in Windows?

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Every computer, be it a Windows, Mac, or one that runs on Linux like Ubuntu, has a bunch of processes running in the background. One of these processes is called Crashpad Handler. It’s one of those things that quietly does its job, playing a key role in making sure many of our apps work smoothly. This article will talk about crashpad_handler.exe – what it is, checking if it’s a virus, understanding what it does, and how you can manage it, including turning it off if you need to.

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What is Crashpad_handler.exe

What is crashpad_handler.exe?

At the heart of it, Crashpad Handler is part of Crashpad, a very detailed crash-reporting system made by Google. It’s built to catch and report any mishaps across a bunch of software, like Google’s Chromium browser, Google Drive, and Electron apps. You’ve probably heard of some of these apps, like Visual Studio Code and Slack.

Google Chrome on Windows 11

In Mac computers, this process goes by Crashpad_handler, much like its Crashpad_handler.exe buddy in Windows, such as Windows 11 or Windows 10. These are the silent heroes in the background, always watching over the health of your apps and gathering important info if something goes wrong.

Also see: Disable Software_Reporter_Tool.exe (Chrome) Windows 10/11

The connection between Crashpad Handler and Google applications

The crashpad_handler.exe process is a big part of Google’s world, especially Google Chrome. Chrome, and apps like it, use Crashpad to manage and tell you about any crashes. This is true for Chrome running on Mac, Linux, and Ubuntu too.

Crashpad_Handler Mac

Every now and then, you might see a message saying Chrome needs a Crashpad database. This simply means Chrome wants to collect and send crash reports. If you’re not keen on sharing these reports, you can turn off the Crashpad handler in Chrome, but this could affect how well Google can fix and improve Chrome based on crash info.

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Is crashpad_handler.exe a virus?

Places like Reddit have a lot of discussions about the crashpad_handler.exe process. Most of these discussions are about how some users have the same issues with the process, like Crashpad Handler freezing up. This usually suggests the crash-reporting process is just having its own problems.

Some are worried crashpad_handler.exe might be a virus or malware. But it’s important to know the real deal Crashpad process is not always a bad thing. If you’re unsure, try to check your system with a trusted antivirus to see if it finds anything.

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Crashpad_handler.exe interactions with Excel

Interestingly, some users have seen Crashpad pop up while using Microsoft Excel. Although Crashpad isn’t directly linked to Excel, it might get involved if you’re using an Electron-based app with Excel or if you’re on a Chromium-based browser looking at Excel online.

Fixing crashpad_handler.exe errors

If you run into problems with crashpad_handler.exe, or get a message saying Crashpad Handler isn’t supported on your platform, it usually means something’s up with the app using Crashpad. Trying an update or reinstalling the app might just fix it.

Crashpad_Handler.exe Application Error

Sometimes, you might have to stop the Crashpad Handler process. But think of this as a last option, since it can mess with the app’s ability to report crashes and fix bugs.

How to disable crashpad_handler.exe

Although Crashpad Handler is very helpful in many apps, there might be times when you want to just turn it off, maybe for privacy reasons or to fix something. Here’s a quick way to do it:

  1. Find the settings in the app that talk about sending crash reports or usage stats to the developers. A lot of apps let you control this.
  2. Turn off the crash reporting feature. Just find the setting and switch it off.

Note: The steps might be different depending on the app. If you’re not sure, always check the app’s help section or reach out to their support.

Example: Disabling crashpad_handler.exe in Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click the three-dot icon in the top right to open the menu.
  3. Hit “Settings“.Chrome settings Windows 11
  4. Go to “You and Google” on the left.
  5. Click “Sync and Google services” on the right.Sync and Google Services
  6. Turn off the “Help improve Chrome’s features and performance” option.Disable crashpad_handler.exe

And there you go! You’ve now turned off Crashpad Handler in Google Chrome.

To put it simply

Crashpad_Handler is the silent but hardworking part of your computer that helps keep your applications running correctly. It’s an important process that mostly goes unnoticed, doing its job quietly until something goes wrong. The key thing to know is that Crashpad is not actually a virus or malware; it’s generally safe. If you keep running into issues or are worried about something, you can try turning off the crash reports feature of the app you’re having problems with.

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of WindowsDigitals.com. With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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