How to Fix “Aw Snap!” error in Google Chrome

By | February 13, 2020

Do you experience Aw Snap error in your Google Chrome web browser? If you see the error Aw Snap, there is a problem with hardware or software on your device.

Aw Snap error is visible in the browser, but the chances are that the Aw Snap error also occurs in other web browsers and apps don’t work as they are supposed to.

In this article, we look at how to solve this Aw Snap! error in Google Chrome.

I’ll give you some tips that can solve Aw Snap! problem.

Go through all the steps in this instruction to see if one of the tips against the Aw Snap error problem offers the solution.

How to fix Aw Snap error in Google Chrome?

aw snap error google chrome

Step 1 – Turn of Hardware acceleration in Google Chrome

Open Google Chrome, go to the menu (three dots in the top right corner). Open Settings from the menu.

Scroll down to Advanced, in the System heading, search for “Use hardware acceleration when available” and turn it off using the blue slider.

disable hardware acceleration google chrome

Relaunch Google Chrome and visit the same URL that gave the Aw Snap! error to see if the Aw Snap! error is resolved.

Step 2 – Launch Google chrome with –no-sandbox argument

Find the shortcut you use to launch Google Chrome. You can find the shortcut most likely in the taskbar or on your Windows Desktop.

Right-click the Google Chrome shortcut and open Properties.

google chrome shortcut properties

In the Shortcut tab, change the Google Chrome target shortcut to chrome.exe” –no-sandbox. After chrome.exe” (including quote) type: –no-sandbox.

google chrome no sandbox argument

Warning: this is only for testing purposes. Do not use it when browsing the internet, no-sandbox disables many security features and performance enhancements in Google Chrome.

Step 3 – Clear browser cache and Google Chrome cookies

We start cleaning the cookies in your browser. Follow the instructions in our article on how to clean up cookies and browser cache and see if the problem is solved.

clear google chrome browser cache

Step 4 – Flush DNS Cache

Flush DNS Cache on Windows

In this step, you can clear the DNS cache on your device.

Windows users. Open a command prompt window, in the command prompt window type: ipconfig /flushdns.

ipconfig flushdns

Flush DNS Cache on Mac OS X

Press CMD button on your keyboard + Spacebar. In spotlight search type: terminal.

In the terminal window type: dscacheutil -flushcache.

Press the ENTER key

type: sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder.

clear dns mac

Step 5 – Scan for malware with Malwarebytes

Malware is known for breaking TCP/IP configurations on your computer. If malware is present on your computer, TCP/IP configurations may be damaged; this causes the Aw Snap in Google Chrome.

I recommend that you scan with Malwarebytes and delete the detected malware from your computer.

In this instruction, I’ll guide you on how to install Malwarebytes and how to search and remove malware.

malwarebytes main

Step 6 – Try Incognito mode

Start the browser in incognito mode to see if the Aw Snap also occurs in incognito mode. This way, you can exclude whether the problem is on the internet connection or just a specific browser.

I do recommend to visit the same URL in incognito mode to verify if the website is available in Google Chrome incognito mode.

Google Chrome incognito mode

Step 7 – Reset the Google Chrome browser

Resetting the browser can be useful if the problem occurs in a specific browser. It is possible that a particular setting or browser extension causes the Aw Snap problem to occur.

Learn how to reset Google Chrome, reset Firefox, reset Internet Explorer or reset Microsoft Edge.

reset Google Chrome

Step 8 – Temporary disable your antivirus software

Antivirus software is recommended; often, antivirus software has a firewall built-in. This antivirus firewall can cause problems with your internet connection. To test if the problem is in the antivirus software, it is advisable to temporarily disable the antivirus software to see if it solves the problem.

Step 9 – Try to fix your internet connection

NetAdapter Repair is an application to solve network connectivity problems that occur in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

We know that multiple users fixed their connection problems in Google Chrome with NetAdapter Repair. If you use NetAdapter Repair as described in this chapter, NetAdapter will not cause any further problems with your network connection.

It is therefore advisable not to use NetAdapter just to solve connection problems. Some technical knowledge is required to use NetAdapter on your own.

Download NetAdapter Repair and save the file on the Desktop or Downloads folder, it doesn’t matter as long as you can find it.

NetAdapter does not need installation.

Open NetAdapter Repair and click on Advanced Repair. A message appears with the settings that will be restored.

netadapter fix google chrome connection error

WinSock/TCP IP Repair
Clear all Proxy/VPN Settings
Windows Firewall Repair

You might need to restart your computer after using Advanced Repair in NetAdapter Repair. Please take this into account while working with documents or reading this page.

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Max
Author: Max

Hi, I am Max. I am a computer security researcher. Every day I blog about new adware threats as they are released. I am also active in various online communities to help people with their computer problems. Stay safe!

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