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How to fix error code 5 in Chrome?

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Google’s Chrome is easily one of the most popular browsers on the planet. However, for the tremendous work Google has put in to make this browser the best one possible, there are still a few random bugs and errors that keep hampering the user experience. 

This article discusses error code 5 in Chrome, its causes, and what you can do to fix the problem. 

What causes this error?

Several glitches in Chrome’s source code can cause this issue. Some common reasons include:

  • Memory leak issues.
  • Internal logic error in Chrome. 
  • Internal process crashes.

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How to fix this?

Here are six ways you can try out. 

Restart your router

Power cycling your network equipment is the fix to more issues than you can think. More often than not, connectivity issues can be caused by an underlying bug in your router and can be fixed by rebooting.

Refresh the page

At times you may also see this message because a page wasn’t able to load properly. In such cases, try refreshing the page to see if you can get the page to load.

Check for updates

If the issue is in Chrome itself, chances are developers might release an update to fix the problem. Regardless, you should always make sure you’ve got the latest version of the browser installed to avoid running into problems that could otherwise be avoided. 

Head over to chrome://settings/help and make sure you’re on the latest update. If you’re not, update immediately and try again. The error in Chrome should be fixed.

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Clear your browser’s data

Corrupt files in your cache or otherwise can cause this error as well. Clear them out to see if you can get Chrome to work.

Step 1: Type in chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in your browser’s address bar and hit Enter.

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Step 2: Select the cache and cookies options and make sure the Time range is set to All time. Click on the Clear now button to clear out all the data. 

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Now restart Chrome and it should start working fine again. 

Reset your browser

Resetting Chrome can fix all sorts of random bugs and glitches with the browser. 

Step 1: Head over to chrome://settings/reset. Click on Restore settings to their original defaults.

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Step 2: Chrome will show you a warning prompt. Click on Reset Settings, and your browser will reset to default settings. 

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That should get the browser up and running again. 

Reinstall Chrome

Another possible cause for the error can be some corrupt program files. Reinstalling the browser should fix the issue. 

Step 1: Press Windows Key + X to open the Quick Access menu and click on Apps & Features.

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Step 2: Find Chrome in the list of apps and use the Uninstall button to remove the browser.

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Now you can redownload Chrome and try installing it again to check if that resolves the issue.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: