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Google Chrome Exploit is Causing Windows 10 to Crash

A newly discovered exploit in Google Chrome uses 100% of system resources and renders Windows 10 machine useless.


While is facing plenty of issues created by 's hand, some third-party services are also causing headaches on the platform. One of them is a new exploit that was found in Chrome, the market-leading web browser. Specifically, the app has the potential to freeze Windows 10 machines.

It seems the bug is a tech support scam that locks down the Windows 10 device and tells users it has been infected by a virus. By using Javascript code, the bug can create a loop that prevents Chrome from functioning, also locking down tabs.

When the machine freezes, a pop-up appears claiming to be sent from Microsoft support. This window says Windows 10 is infected and data and personal information are at risk.

It is worth mentioning this pop-up is also in the loop, so closing it will result in its popping up again. Not only that, it pushes device resources to 100% and will eventually render the whole PC useless.


Unwitting users may not know what to do and will try to close the pop-up or be willing to pay to have their machine unlocked. Luckily, fixing this exploit is very simple and those steps do not need to be taken:

  • Open Task Manager from the Taskbar
  • Go to the Processes tab
  • Click on (or GoogleChrome.exe)
  • Click End Task

Users are also advised to disable Chrome's ability to restore old tabs when the browser is restarted.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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