Fix Error Code STATUS_INVALID_IMAGE_HASH

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For those who are facing the status_invalid_image_hash error on Google Chrome, you can try to use this guide to solve the issue on Windows and Android. There are several methods for you to choose from. Feel free to try any of them.

For PC

Solution 1: Run Google Chrome in compatibility mode

If you want to try to run Chrome in compatibility mode, the first thing that you have to do is to right click on your Google Chrome desktop icon and choose Properties. Then, hit the Compatibility tab. The next thing is to check the option Run this program in compatibility mode for and choose Windows 8. Afterward, choose Change settings for all users and apply all the changes. The final step that should be done is to close your browser and launch Chrome again.


Solution 2: Clear your cache
Each temporary file is stored on your browser as cache and cookies might also be behind the status_invalid_image_hash error. If it is the case, clearing the cache should immediately solve the problem.


Solution 3: Rename the Chrome application

To rename the Chrome application, first of all, open the File Explorer. When it opens, open the Chrome application folder, which is located under C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application. The next step is to right click on the Chrome app and rename it to newbrowserapp. After doing so, you can launch Chrome again and that should solve the issue.

Solution 4: Disable your antivirus and extensions

You can turn off all your browser extensions and check if this solution solved the issue. if it works, you are able to re-enable your extensions one by one to identify the reason behind it. Once the culprit is identified, feel free to either update or remove the problematic extensions. Do not forget to also whitelist Chrome in your antivirus settings. As an alternative, you can test to see if the error is still there even with your antivirus disabled. Remember to not visit any suspicious web pages while testing. It is better for you to double check to make sure your antivirus is fully compatible with Chrome.


Solution 5: Use the -no-sandbox command


Turning off Chrome sandbox may solve the issue as well. However, take note that it is only a workaround that possibly makes your browser at risk. If you want to use the -no-sandbox command, right click on the Chrome desktop icon and choose Properties. After that, go to the Shortcut tab. Type -no-sandbox in the Target box. While you are at it, make sure to add a space between the .exe part of the path and the first hyphen of the command. When it is done, save the changes, close the Properties window, and then launch the Chrome again. If the error is not there after using the -no-sandbox command, it means there is a conflict somewhere with another program.

Solution 6: Disable RenderCodeIntegrity


For those who are not familiar with RenderCodeIntegrity, it refers to a special Windows 10 feature introduced by Google to block suspicious or unsigned code from interfering with the page rendering process of the browser and change the way Chrome loads the web pages that you are visiting. Unfortunately, the existence of these features sometimes could trigger the status_invalid_image_hash error and turning it off may help you to solve the issue.

In order to disable RenderCodeIntergrity using the Registry Editor, please follow these steps. First, press the Windows and R keys at the same time to open a new Run window. Second, type regedit and press Enter to open the Registry Editor. Third, navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome. If the folder named Chrome folder does not exist, please create it. Fourth, make a new key and name it RendererCodeIntegrityEnabled (DWORD). Fifth, edit it and set the RendererCodeIntegrityEnabled value to 0 (zero). Sixth, restart your computer and launch Chrome again to see if the error is still there.

If you do not feel like tweaking your Registry, you are able to use Command Prompt to disable the RendererCodeIntegrityEnabled feature. Firstly, open Command Prompt as an administrator and then type this command: REG ADD HKLM\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome /v RenderCodeIntegrityEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0. After that, close the browser and launch it again to see if it fixed the issue.

For Android

For those who are using Android, you can use the incognito mode by launching Chrome, tapping the three-dot menu icon, and choosing New Incognito tab. Then, clear your cache by going to Settings, navigating to Advanced, choosing Privacy, and then tapping Clear browsing data. Do not forget to delete only the site data, cookies, and cached images and files and then please tap Clear data after that. Actually, the steps may be a little bit different depending on your phone model and Android version. The last one is to disable the background app. If your device has multiple apps in the background, you may be running out of memory. You are encouraged to close all the other apps running in the background and reload the browser.

Tons of people use Google Chrome as their main browser for work or for personal use. This one is known for its stability and it is also reliable among the other top tier browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, or Brave. However, there are times when you will face errors in Chrome browser. One of them is called status_invalid_image_hash error.

When you encounter the status_invalid_image hash error, feel free to select any recommended methods mentioned above. You can try the first solution and then move to another one if the first one is not helping. In case the problem still persists even after following the steps of all methods, you are recommended to reach out to the representative of Chrome and ask for the way out. In addition, you can also try to visit some forums or communities, the ones where people who know Chrome and the other things gather. Please explain the situation that you are currently facing and hope they have the solution.

 

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