I have Google Chrome pinned to the taskbar on windows 7 32bit. It was working fine, but, yesterday, upon starting up the computer, it wouldn't work. The browser window was just a light blue and all the extension icons were gone. I went into the chrome install folder and found old_chrome.exe and chrome.exe. When opening old_chrome, the same thing happens, but when opening just chrome.exe, everything is normal. I unpinned chrome from the taskbar, opened chrome.exe, and pinned that to the taskbar and it was working fine. It did the same thing this morning though.

Anyone know what's wrong?

  • Do you have an antivirus installed? – fmanco Jul 3 '12 at 17:06
  • @criziot, Yes, eset. – mowwwalker Jul 3 '12 at 17:08
  • Forget, old_chrome.exe is usualy safe. I don't have time right now to help you, but a search for old_chrome.exe in google may help. – fmanco Jul 3 '12 at 17:10

Looks like this is happening to a lot of people in the last couple days - see http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!searchin/chrome/old_chrome/chrome/mrnDeD1BrUM/_fgO-ugzPlUJ

One person there says the following:

ok so i managed to sort this out finally :D.I fully uninstalled chrome from my computer i also removed a program on my computer call yontoo layers runtime (unsure if that is required but mentioned it because i did it). i then download this version of chrome from


and bingo it works thank god as not a big fan of other browsers :D

Might want to try that out.

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