How to Fix “chrome_elf.dll” Google Chrome error – FixYourBrowser.com


chrome_elf.dll missingGoogle Chrome might display an error with “The program can’t start because chrome_elf.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem“.

Some adware program might have corrupted Google Chrome, causing the above error. Learn how to fix the chrome_elf.dll missing problem.

The first steps you might take is reinstalling Google Chrome. Reinstalling Chrome will make you lose Chrome settings. Perform the steps below, these steps worked for our test machine.

  • Navigate to: C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\
  • Search any folder starting with {version number} in our example: 59.0.3071.115. If you have multiple folders open them all.

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  • Look in the folder for chrome_elf.dll

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  • Right click the chrome_elf.dll file and select Copy
  • Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\
  • Paste chrome_elf.dll in this folder. So it becomes C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome_elf.dll
  • Start Chrome.exe in the same directory, C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe

That’s it!

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