When you access your Downloads folder, whether on your phone or computer/laptop, you might come across a file named .com.google.Chrome. So, what precisely is this file?
A .com.google.Chrome file is generated by Google Chrome in the local storage of your device, whether it’s a computer or a phone. It is utilized to store cache and various other files and data. The unspecified data within the .com.google.Chrome file is typically unnecessary and does not contribute to the proper functioning of either your device or the Chrome application.
There may be one or multiple .com.google.Chrome files, with additional indefinite variables attached to the filename in cases where multiple files exist. For instance, multiple .com.google.Chrome files on your device might be named as .com.google.Chrome.RFHNO, .com.google.Chrome.KDFJP, etc.
In general, .com.google.Chrome files contain cached information and other superfluous data. However, they may also store data from downloads that were interrupted and couldn’t be properly saved on the device. Usually, this downloaded data cannot be opened since the file is often corrupted.
To sum up, .com.google.Chrome files are essentially junk files that may contain cache, data from interrupted or paused downloads, along with other unspecified data.
The file size of a .com.google.Chrome file can vary significantly based on its contents. These files can sometimes be as small as 100 kb (provided as a reference, not the minimum file size). Some Chrome users have reported that the .com.google.Chrome file consumes up to 5 gigabytes of their device’s storage (not the maximum file size).
For instance, if the .com.google.Chrome file only contains cache and irrelevant (to the user) data, it is likely to be small. However, if it includes one or multiple uninterrupted downloads from unknown versions of Google Chrome, the file size can be substantial, depending on the size of the broken file that is now stored within .com.google.Chrome.
Does the .com.google.Chrome file contain viruses?
Typically, the .com.google.Chrome file primarily comprises cache, miscellaneous data from Chrome, and any downloads that were interrupted during recent Chrome usage. In general, it can be asserted that .com.google.Chrome files do not harbor viruses or malware and are, therefore, benign to the device where they are stored.
However, there are exceptions to this. If a .com.google.Chrome file contains data from an interrupted download that was originally malicious, then the file may pose a potential risk.
For instance, if an attempt to download an infected file via Google Chrome was interrupted, and the corrupted file now resides within the .com.google.Chrome file, it may be considered a carrier of a virus.
Another consideration is that a .com.google.Chrome file might harbor a virus if it was not created by Chrome but by a nefarious third-party application or software. Malware can sometimes disguise itself as a .com.google.Chrome file, presenting serious threats to your device.
If you have an antivirus program installed, or if you recently installed one, conducting a file scan could help identify whether the .com.google.Chrome file poses a threat to your device. However, it’s worth noting that sometimes, the realization of a file being infected may come too late.
Below, we have outlined how you can check if a .com.google.Chrome file (or any other file on your device) contains a virus or not.
How to check if .com.google.Chrome. File contains a virus?
Below we have enlisted two ways you can check if the .com.google.Chrome file contains a virus on Windows:
How to scan a file for viruses windows 10
If you lack third-party antivirus software, you can utilize “Windows Defender” on your Windows 10 device to conduct a virus scan on the .com.google.Chrome file. Follow these steps to scan a folder or file for viruses using Windows Defender:
Locate the file or folder you wish to scan. Right-click on the file or folder, then choose the “Scan with Microsoft Defender” option.
The Windows Security window will appear, and you will find the scan results under the “Scan Option” heading at the top right of the window.
If no malware is detected, you will receive the “No current threats” message. However, if malware is identified, Windows Defender will notify you with the “Threats Found” message, providing a list of infected folders and files.
Click on the “Start Action” button to initiate the removal of the identified threat. For detailed scan results, click on “Protection History” located just below the scan results.
How to Scan a File for Viruses using Command Prompt
Follow these steps to perform a scan using Windows Defender through Command Prompt:
Open Command Prompt by searching for it in the Search bar next to the Start Button. Right-click on the result and choose the “Run as administrator” option.
Type the following command:
Enter the dir command to identify the latest version of the antivirus command tool, then press Enter.
Enter the following command, replacing “4.18.2009.7-0” with the identified latest version:
Press Enter to access the folder with the latest version.
Type in the command to scan all content in a folder:
Replace “C:\PATH\TO\FOLDER” with the path of the folder you want to scan. Press Enter.
To scan a specific file, type the following command:
Replace “C:\PATH\TO\FILE.TXT” with the path to the specific file. Press Enter.
Once the scan is completed, check the results. Windows may or may not notify you once the scan is complete
Is it safe to delete .com.google.Chrome files?
Consider it in this manner: If you’re someone who prefers maintaining a clean and clutter-free device, you likely regularly clear junk files and cache from various applications.
This principle applies to .com.google.Chrome files as well. Given that these files typically consist of junk, broken downloads, and cache, it is safe to delete them. Removing them from your device won’t impede the functionality of either your device or Google Chrome
What is a .CRDOWNLOAD file?
If you use Google Chrome, you might have encountered files in your Downloads directory with the ‘.crdownload’ extension. CRDOWNLOAD is a file extension specific to the Chrome web browser, created each time a file download is initiated.
Upon successful completion of a download, these files are automatically renamed. However, in the case of download errors, the files may persist with the ‘.crdownload’ extension.
When a download is completed successfully, the extension is removed from the filename. However, in the case of interrupted downloads, also known as Chrome Partial Download files, the extension remains intact.
The presence of a file with a ‘.crdownload’ extension, even when no download is currently in progress, indicates that the file is either incomplete or not entirely downloaded.
As users download more of the file, the size of the CRDOWNLOAD file increases over time. For example, downloading a large video will result in the file size gradually expanding as more of the file is saved.
Attempting to delete a CRDOWNLOAD file may trigger a “File In Use” message, indicating that the file is still open in Google Chrome because it’s in the process of being downloaded. Canceling the download in Chrome is the simplest solution if you don’t wish to complete it.
If all downloaded files consistently have the ‘.CRDOWNLOAD’ extension and none appear to be fully downloaded, there might be an issue or bug in your Chrome version. Upgrading to the latest version, available from the official application, usually resolves such bugs associated with Chrome downloads.
Before installing the latest edition, consider uninstalling Chrome first to ensure the removal of the program and the elimination of any lingering bugs.
In a comparative context, while CRDOWNLOAD files share similarities with other file extensions like XXXXXX, BC!, DOWNLOAD, and XLX used by different programs to indicate incomplete or partial files, CRDOWNLOAD files are distinct and not interchangeable with these file types
When (and Why) Chrome Creates These Files
Google Chrome generates these files for your downloads. For instance, if you initiate the download of a file named Song.mp3, it will appear in your Chrome Downloads. Simultaneously, a file named Song.mp3.crdownload will be present in your Downloads folder. As Chrome continues to download the original mp3 file, the size of the .crdownload file will increase. Once the complete file is downloaded, Chrome will rename it to Song.mp3, removing the .crdownload extension.
The presence of the .crdownload extension indicates that a file is still in the process of being downloaded. Chrome stores the incomplete file in your Downloads folder, unlike other browsers that may keep incomplete files in a separate folder and then transfer them to your Downloads folder upon completion.
If you encounter a .crdownload file, check your Chrome Downloads. You can access the Downloads tray at the bottom of your browser window by clicking the menu and selecting Downloads. If the file is still downloading, refrain from deleting or removing the .crdownload file; instead, let the download complete.
Certainly, if you no longer wish to download the file, you can delete the download in Chrome. Canceling a download will automatically remove the associated .crdownload file
Is a .CRDOWNLOAD file safe?
In general, CRDOWNLOAD files are safe to retain on your phone or computer and do not present any potential threat to the device where they are stored. However, if the original file being downloaded was infected with a virus, then the CRDOWNLOAD version of the file may pose a risk, as it retains the infection.
Nevertheless, as long as you are downloading files from a trustworthy source on Google, having a CRDOWNLOAD version of the file is secure and not considered threatening. To ensure complete certainty that the CRDOWNLOAD file does not harbor any unforeseen risks that could potentially impact your device, perform a virus scan using your antivirus software.
Can you delete a .CRDOWNLOAD file?
You have the freedom to delete the file whenever you wish. If there are no ongoing downloads that need to be resumed, it’s advisable to remove the file.
When you determine that you no longer require the file, you can proceed to delete the .crdownload file. For instance, if you observe files in your Downloads folder named Song (1).mp3 and Song.mp3.crdownload, the latter is an incomplete download file that can be safely deleted.
How to resume interrupted downloads in chrome?
In the event of an interrupted download, the broken file is stored either as a CRDOWNLOAD file or as a component of the .com.google.Chrome file.
Interrupted downloads can result from factors such as a loss of internet connection, removal of the file from the server, incomplete source files, timeouts, and interruptions in proxy downloads.
Here are steps you can take to address interrupted downloads in Chrome
Solution 1: Use Google Downloader Manager to resume uninterrupted download
Access the Google Chrome Download manager by either pressing Ctrl+J or clicking on the menu icon at the top right of the browser and selecting “Downloads” from the drop-down menu.
Within the Download Manager, find the failed download and click on “Resume” to continue downloading from where it was interrupted.
If you encounter a “Download Failed-NetworkError” message during a download attempt, the download may continue to fail.
Solution 2: Use Wget to resume uninterrupted download
Wget is a powerful command-line tool that is both free and serves as an alternative for managing and downloading files from the web. It operates efficiently even in slow or unstable network conditions and exhibits resilience by automatically retrying downloads until successful completion.
The executable Wget file is typically saved in C:\Users[User Name]\Downloads.
Users can utilize the Wget tool by either navigating to the directory with the executable using the cd command or by adding it as an environment variable, allowing access from any directory. The latter method is recommended for frequent Wget usage.
Follow these steps to add Wget as an environment variable
Step 1: Set Up Wget
Navigate to Settings > About > Advanced System Settings > Environment Variables.
In the new window, locate the System variables section and click on the Path option, then click on Edit.
Click on the New button (located in the top right corner of the window) and enter C:\Users[User Name]\Downloads\wget.exe, then click on the OK button.
Launch the Command Prompt and type in “wget -h”. In PowerShell, type in “wget.exe -h” to access the Wget help menu
Step 2: Rename the partially downloaded file.
Before downloading a file through Wget, ensure you have the website URL and the location of the partially downloaded file.
Launch the Google Chrome Download Manager by pressing Ctrl + J. Locate the file, right-click on the file link, and select “Copy link address.” Paste the copied link in Notepad.
Go to the More option, click on it, and choose “Open downloads folder.” Chrome typically names partially downloaded files with the format “Unconfirmed [Random Number].crdownload.”
Identify the original file name from the website URL. Right-click on the file with the .crdownload extension in the Downloads folder, choose the “Rename” option, remove the .crdownload extension, enter the original file name, and press Enter.
If prompted with a message stating that changing the extension might render the file unusable, click Yes.
Step 3: Resume download with Wget
Hold down the Shift key, right-click on the file, and select the “Copy as path” option. Paste this path into Notepad where you saved the URL.
Now, use the Wget command: wget -c -O "[file-path-of-the-target-download-file]" [website-URL]. Replace the parameters in square brackets with the actual values, and press Enter to resume downlod.