ERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND Chrome - 7 Effective Solutions

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The ERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND Chrome error prevents you from browsing the internet normally. I encountered it because I was using an unstable version from the Developer channel.

Additionally, it can be caused by problematic browser extensions and missing or corrupt browser files. Whatever the reason, here’s how to fix it:

Solution 1: Use a Stable Version of Google Chrome

Chrome offers the Canary and Developer channels for earlier updates. However, these versions are unstable. Instead, try using Google Chrome’s Stable version.

Solution 2: Try Incognito Mode

If you suspect third-party extensions, you can isolate this cause with Incognito mode. If everything works normally in this mode, you can proceed to delete the extensions.

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click on the three dots at the top-right corner.
  3. Select New Incognito window. New InCognito window Chrome

Solution 3: Disable and Then Remove Extensions

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click on the three dots at the top-right corner of the browser.
  3. Select Extensions >> Manage extensions.Manage extensions
  4. Use the switch to disable all extensions.
  5. Click on Remove to remove the culprit extension.Disable and remove extensions Google Chrome

Solution 4: Remove Chrome Extension Leftovers

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run window.
  2. Copy-paste the following path in the Run window and hit Enter:

%localappdata%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ Run path

3. Select all files in this folder and hit the Delete key to delete them.Delete files

Solution 5: Reset Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click on the three dots at the top-right corner.
  3. Select Settings from the menu.Chrome Settings
  4. In the left pane, select Reset settings.
  5. In the right pane, click on Reset settings to their original defaults.
  6. Click on Reset settings.Reset Chrome

Solution 6: Update Google Chrome

If you’re using an outdated Chrome version, such errors may occur.

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click on the three dots at the top-right corner.
  3. Select Help >> About Google Chrome.Update Google Chrome
  4. Google Chrome will check for updates and install them automatically.

Solution 7: Reinstall Google Chrome

  1. Right-click on the Start button and select Settings from the menu. Settings
  2. Go to Apps >> Installed apps.
  3. Scroll down to Google Chrome.
  4. Click on the three dots associated with it.
  5. Select Uninstall and then click on Uninstall once again. Uninstall Google Chrome
  6. Now, reinstall Google Chrome from the original website.

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The ERR_FILE_NOT_FOUND Chrome error can be difficult to resolve. Usually, removing problematic extensions should solve the problem. However, if that doesn’t suffice, try all solutions sequentially to fix the problem.

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