Google Chrome 79 Bring Back “Aw Snap” Error

Chrome 79 has recently been released. Besides the usual bug fixes and some improved issues, an old annoying problem made a comeback with this version of Google Chrome, and users are definitely not happy about it. Several users reported encountering the “Aw, Snap” error while trying to load various websites. 

In fact, Google purposefully enabled the Code Integrity feature in its latest version of Chrome. At first, the error was complained about by users with systems powered by outdated versions of Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP). As it turns out, the feature renders the Chrome browser incompatible with other pieces of software, such as the CylancePROTECT endpoint security solution.

A Reddit thread dedicated to the issue sparked discussions among users. Some of them reported that Google Chrome works smoothly on Android and iOS devices. 

Even more, users who reported the issues also said that they couldn’t access any other page after the error is shown. Some users even tried clearing their cache, but when they tried clicking the “clear browsing data” button, nothing happens. 

Google is aware of the issue, and the Chromium team addressed the problem on the Microsoft support website, suggesting a solution. Chrome’s Support Manager confirmed that the problem is related to the Rendered Code Integrity feature.

“I can confirm that Renderer Code Integrity was enabled with yesterday’s push of Chrome M79. When the feature was first released with Chrome M78 in October, we became aware of some incompatibilities with select software providers. We temporarily paused the feature launch while we partnered to resolve the discovered incompatibilities.”

The Renderer Code Integrity also caused issues in Chrome 78. The support team recommends that you update your anti-virus and restart your system. 

How to Prevent the “Aw Snap” Error Message

After repeated tries, Google Chrome users found a workaround to fix the bug. If you encountered this issue, just follow the steps below and you should be fine: 

  1. Have a Google Chrome desktop 
  2. Right-click icon on your desktop and click Properties.
  3. Navigate to the target field and append the following command at the end of the target field –disable-features=RendererCodeIntegrity
  4. Click OK 
  5. Relaunch Google Chrome


Andreea Osu

Andreea Osu

Andreea Osu likes to think of herself as an adult that has her life sorted out. In reality, she is a young woman trying to find out what the real world is about. Her passions include medicine, psychology and anything tech-related. Writing is an occupation she picked up after finishing high-school and, according to her, seeing her articles published fulfills one of her childhood dreams.

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