Google chrome is one of the fastest browsers to surf the internet and to download stuff online, sometimes you may get an error when you try to download anything from the web that is “Failed- Virus Scan Failed”
This error occurs when Google chrome becomes unable to check for the security certificate for any download from their publisher and chrome just can’t scan the program or file.
This happens due to virus or malware into your computer which may be an adware or browser virus/hijacker.
How to Fix Virus Scan Failed Error For Windows 7, 8.1 and 10
To fix Virus Scan Failed error we need to make some changes to the Windows registry since it says chrome is unable to scan the downloaded file for the possible virus or malware we will trick registry so that it won’t try to scan the downloaded files, and we will fix the root cause after that we will revert the changes. Follow the below steps –
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE >SOFTWARE >Microsoft >Windows >CurrentVersion >Policies >Attachments
Watch This Video Tutorial For More Explanation
Another Method to Fix Virus Scan Failed Error.
If the above method is difficult to perform or you are unable to locate correct registry key, then here is a simple method available, all you have to do is download this patch and run it.
Download this file and extract it, now open the file “Virus Scan Fix” and you will get a warning message, Click on Yes.
After running this Registry patch you will get a success message and click on OK.
In most cases above 2 solutions work pretty well but, if it is not working for you then try to reset your Google Chrome.
By any chance, if the above solution does not work then you can try to scan your PC.
Antivirus Scan to Fix Chrome Download Error
There may be malware into your PC if you are getting this error, again and again, you can scan your PC with the Antivirus you may have.
But if your antivirus is unable to detect any possible malware then you can download Hitman Pro for a quick scan which comes free for the first 30 days.
Download Hitman pro and perform a quick scan
Hitman Pro is best for the flash scan and a second opinion to your existing antivirus, but it is not that good for real-time
Delete all the found malware and restart your computer, do check all the found malware before deleting them, this antivirus may give you a false positive result like marking some dll files as a virus, make sure you uncheck them.
Registry Scan to Fix Corrupt Entries
I am sure above method will help you to fix Google chrome download error but still you are unable to fix it, then you can try to scan your registry and repair the corrupt entries, to do so you need to install registry cleaning tools like Ccleaner or iObit Advanced System Care.
Once you install it just perform the registry optimization form the several options.
Restart the PC in order to make changes effective.
There may be another error on the screen while downloading a file “search failed an error occurred while chrome was searching for harmful software”
This error occurs when chrome can’t search for malicious software into your computer. Since Google Chrome has an inbuilt malware scanner to remove software that violates Google’s unwanted software policy.
If Chrome can’t scan for malicious software automatically it will through the above error.
To fix Search Failed error you need to manually scan the PC using Chrome Virus Scanner.
- Open Google Chrome
- Go to Menu by clicking on 3 little dots at the right top corner.
- Click on Settings.
- Scroll down to the bottom and click “Advanced“
- Under “Reset and clean up” click Clean up computer.
- Now click on Find.
- If it does ask to remove unwanted software then click Remove.
- Reboot your computer.
That’s All, you are done now your download will not give any error, to make sure your computer does not have any virus.
Install a good antivirus like McAfee and remove the different type of malware like a virus, adware, trojan, rootkit, etc, and any conflicting program.
Or you can install a free antivirus but be having a full version of an antivirus gives you a peace of mind.
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