Google Chrome updates in the background so users never have to worry about updating the browser themselves. There is also an easy way to check for pending updates by going to the “About Google Chrome” page using the three-dot menu at the top right. However, both of these methods update Chrome as a whole, and users have no control over the updates. Sometimes a faulty update can cause Chrome to crash, which can frustrate users. Well, there is a way to debug Chrome updates yourself without the need for tech support and this is made possible by Chrome components. In this article, we’re going to talk about Chrome components, what they are, and how they can help you update different parts of Chrome manually.
List of Chrome components
Before we see the list of Chrome components and what they mean, let’s first learn a little about them.
What are Chrome components?
Contrary to settings and indicators of chromium that allow you to enable or disable new features on Chrome, Chrome components are the individual components of Chrome that run in the background and make those features possible. For example, there is a Chrome component called “Widevine Content Decryption Module”.
This module allows Google Chrome to play videos signed with Digital Rights . This means that every time you watch a movie on netflix , Amazon Prime Video or any other streaming service, this add-on allows Chrome to play these videos. Therefore, if your Chrome browser cannot play digital rights protected videos, it means that the “Widevine content decryption module” is corrupted.
How to open Chrome components
You can access the Chrome components page on Google Chrome using the Chrome URL feature. A user must only see the URL page chrome: // components and all the different components of Chrome will be presented to him. To update a Chrome component, it you just click on the button “ Search for bets up to date ”located under this component. The latter will be automatically updated if an update is available.
List of chrome components and their meaning
Now that you know what Chrome components are and how you can update them, let’s take a look at the list of the different components and their functions.
1. MEI Preload
MEI Preload is the media engagement kit that is all about playing media on your Chrome. The component is basically used to preload website content for users. If your Chrome fails to preload the media, update the MEI preload component and check again.
2. Intervention Policy Database
The Intervention Policy Database component is used to pass policies and settings to user devices. If it is not updated and working properly, it may cause Chrome to crash.
3. Software Reporter Tool
The Software Reporter Tool is the Chrome component that Google uses to track and report other software and programs that may create unexpected ads and adversely affect the Chrome user experience. If for some reason you see too many annoying ads on Chrome , you need to make sure everything is working properly.
pnacl or the Portable Native Client (PNaCl) is a component of Chrome that allows you to run untrusted code in a secure sandbox in Chrome. It is primarily intended for developers and you can learn more about it here .
5. Chrome Improved Recovery
This component helps ensure that updates install properly on Google Chrome and fixes any issues that arise while installing Google Chrome or updating.
6. File Type Policies
This component deals with the file management rules of Google Chrome.
7. Origin Trials
Like PNaCl, Origin Trials is another Chrome component that allows developers to test and experiment with Google Chrome’s web platform without harming the browser.
8. Adobe Flash Player
This component allows Adobe Flash Player to run on your Chrome. Although slow and slow, Flash support is being removed from the web as it becomes a thing of the past, there are still some websites that use Adobe Flash. If for some reason Adobe Flash Player is not working on your Chrome, be sure to update this component.
9. Widevine Content Decryption Module
As explained above, the Widevine content decoding module allows Chrome to play DRM protected content. It is the component which ensures that you can play videos and audio from streaming services like Netflix and Spotify without any errors.
10. Signed Tree Heads
This component is used to check signed certificate timestamps on Chrome.
Besides these 10 Chrome components, there are three more, namely Subresource Filtering Rules, Certificate Error Wizard, and CRLSet. Although it is known what these components are for from their names, I did not find any clear information about them and therefore did not explain their use.
Chromium components Meaning and use
Hope this article has helped you better understand the components of Google Chrome and help you use them to troubleshoot common Google Chrome issues. Let us know if you have any information on the three remaining components with the source by writing in the comments section below.