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Tips to Fix Google™ Chrome Update Error 3

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What are the causes of error 3 in Google Chrome?

Google Chrome is a web browser that runs websites and applications with high speed. It is supposed to be stable but sometimes errors occur while using the web browser. Error 3 is the common error found while updating Google chrome. The error occurs when there is a failure in updating Google Chrome. This may be due to many reasons such as network failure or corrupted registry. If you are running Windows Vista and you have configured Google Chrome to always run as administrator, Error 3 can occur. This problem can be avoided by running Chrome as a normal user. If there is any problem in the network connection or slow Internet connectivity, the error can occur. This can be solved by checking the connection or contacting your Internet service provider.

Following are the ways to resolve Error 3 in Google Chrome.

  • Check user profile
  • Check protected system files
  • Verify location of GoogleUpdate.exe

Check user profile

In some cases, the user profile of the browser gets corrupted. In this situation, you have to move the default folder from the user data folder. For this, you have to first click the ‘Start’ button and then go to run. If you are using Windows XP then type ‘Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%LocalSettingsApplicationDataGoogleChromeUserData’. If your operating system is Windows Vista then type the following in the text field. Windows Vista: ‘%LOCALAPPDATA%GoogleChromeUser Data’. Then click the ‘Ok’ button.

Check protected system files

If there is any issue with the protected system file, then Error 3 will occur. So, it is necessary to check for any such issue. To do this, first select the ‘Start’ button and then ‘Run’. In the text field, write ‘SFC.EXE/SCANNOW’. This will scan the protected system files and repair the issues. You can also download and run the Registry Cleaner and PC Optimizer software in your computer.

Verify location of GoogleUpdate.exe

If your Google Update program is not registered properly, then the error will occur in Google Chrome. To fix this problem, you have to verify that GoogleUpdate.exe exists in the correct location in the Windows Registry Editor. For that, select ‘Start’ and go to ‘Run’. Enter ‘regedit’ in the text field and click ‘OK’. Then a Registry Editor will appear. Then navigate to the following directory ‘HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{2FOE2680-9FF5-43CO-B76E-114A56E93598} LocalServer32′. The default value should respond to the location of your GoogleUpdate.exe file. If it does not exist in this location, you have to uninstall it and then reinstall it. If it is present in another location, right-click the ‘Default value’ and modify it by entering the correct file path. Any small mistake in the registry entry will affect the working of the system, so take the backup of the registry before doing any such actions.


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