B/W Rainbow

September 3, 2008

Google Chrome : The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005)


The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005).

Click on OK to terminate the application


Symantec causes this issue and the temp. solution is to disable the sandbox. And the solution from Google Groups is 


You can try running Google Chrome with --no-sandbox (you need to edit the properties of the shortcut you use to launch it).


More links: 

Issues : https://groups.google.com/group/google-chrome-help/search?q=&start=0&scoring=d&enc_author=LjzA1TIAAACxnAQgd0s-x2NJHdBMCj1kX8-qliYfOMJi0wlpwfQxL7SnwL2ldEkDZ3UGY4Fi834vPp-8dun_mzBPI6iup1z0&

Solution 1 : https://forums.symantec.com/syment/board/message?board.id=endpoint_protection11&thread.id=15816

Solution 2 : http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=38#c26




  • I wrapped “--no-sandbox” in CODE tag now to resolve WP double hypen to emdash conversion.
  • Symantec is not the only known source to this issue.
  • To know more about what is sandbox? Please try the pages 25,26 on the book http://www.google.com/googlebooks/chrome/


  1. […] googling around brought me to this blog that had all links neatly […]

    Pingback by chrome! « the art of foo — September 3, 2008 @ 10:10 am | Reply

  2. seeet as, this works nicely.

    Comment by skone — September 3, 2008 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

  3. […] Google Chrome : The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005)   The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005). Click on OK to terminate the application   Symantec […] […]

    Pingback by Top Posts « WordPress.com — September 4, 2008 @ 12:00 am | Reply

  4. […] If you are getting (like me) the “The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005)” error when trying to start Google chrome try to use -no-sandbox option as pointed out in Google Chrome : The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005) « me & PHP. […]

    Pingback by Ruben’s blog » Blog Archive » Google Chrome : The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005) « me & PHP — September 4, 2008 @ 10:26 am | Reply

  5. -no-sandbox option didn’t fix it here.. 😦

    Comment by Brett — September 4, 2008 @ 4:02 pm | Reply

  6. then try other option listed as solution 1 above

    Comment by Palani raja — September 4, 2008 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

  7. Hey all, if -no-sandbox doesn’t work, try –no-sandbox

    Worked for me

    Comment by JTM — September 5, 2008 @ 1:19 am | Reply

  8. For some reason my comment changed when it was submitted. The –no-sandbox option should have two hyphens at the start and one in the middle like:


    Comment by JTM — September 5, 2008 @ 1:21 am | Reply

  9. What is sandbox anyway?

    Comment by CE — September 5, 2008 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

  10. Sandboxing is a special feature in Google chrome, to prevent malware from installing itself onto computer/PC.It also prevents what happens in one tab from affecting the other tabs i.e each tab runs as a seperate process and for each of these processes, all the rights have been stripped.

    Hence, each of these processes are isolated and the websites/web applications you run via these processes can compute but they cannot write files to your hard drive or read files from sensitive areas like your documents or desktop.

    From the above, it is clear that sandboxing has lots of goodness and one would not like to loose this feature of google chrome. However note that sandboxing is only an additional security feature in google.

    Comment by JimBo Jones — September 7, 2008 @ 4:49 am | Reply

  11. the text is –no-sandbox.

    there has to be 2 dashes before no.

    Comment by humaid — January 9, 2009 @ 10:32 am | Reply

  12. i didnt understand how to edit the properties and run in with no sandbox, pls explain

    Comment by wissam zeenni — March 24, 2009 @ 10:17 pm | Reply

  13. I tried with –no-sandbox but then it says that there is no such target
    PS i also think my chrome beta is installed in the wrong place since it has this path “C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\”
    I think most people have installed it somewhere else eg, Program Files. Am i right? I need help!

    Comment by Nabeel — March 31, 2009 @ 12:43 pm | Reply

  14. I had same error but after some dinging i find other solution, there is version of virus that insert code in Chrome file and with that code visit web pages and download other viruses and blocking work of Chrome. Trick is to go in Chrome install folder example C:\Documents and Settings\User\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\\Resources\Inspector ( make backup copy of Inspector file) and open inspector document with notepad and delete rows that have …….jl.chura.pl……….. (try typing ura in notepad search because virus puts @%& or something else betvin c and ura ) in my case i had 5 rows of that code and they were the same that is how you can recognize or maybe other version like goasi.cn Last thing of good Chrome code is …..class=”status-bar-item”> it is end of 5 row, everything after that you can delete. When you done click save. Reopen after that and if code is back you did not delete all try with search an delete what is left. I repeat that this is solution if virus mess up with your Chrome code.

    Hope it will help somebody.

    Comment by marjanHAK — April 2, 2009 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

  15. marjanHAK,

    Your solution sounds good if there is a virus, I’m ok with computers, but not crazy about messing with programing editing. As a matter of fact I don’t know where to go into system from the “failed to initialize” screen. What the first step?

    Comment by Robert — May 3, 2009 @ 1:24 am | Reply

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: