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

By | July 9, 2017

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!

We do recommend to scan your computer for malware.

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Malwarebytes works perfectly in addition to a virus scanner.

 

Run the Malwarebytes program installation file. Click here for Malwarebytes installation instructions.
Click Scan Now to start examining for malware.

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Malwarebytes will start searching for malware, please wait for Malwarebytes to finish the malware scan.
Malwarebytes usually takes between 2 to 5 minutes to complete.

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Once the malware scan is performed, Malwarebytes will present the results of the malware scan.
Remove the malware found by Malwarebytes using the Quarantine Selected button.

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Wait for Malwarebytes to move all malware to quarantine.

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Malwarebytes needs to make a system reboot to finish the malware removal process.
Save and close any working documents or open web pages and click Yes to reboot your PC.

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After the system reboot, your PC is clean from malware. Stay protected with Malwarebytes against future threats. Malwarebytes stops adware, potentially unwanted programs, malicious web pages, suspicious downloads, viruses, spyware and ransomware from infecting your machine.

Max
Author: Max

Hi, I am Max. I am a computer security researcher. In order to help people, I research adware and blog about the web browser. Share the knowledge.

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

  1. AvatarStella Harracksingh

    I am not computer savy so this sounds very complicated. HELP!

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