How to Fix Error 3


Repair Error 3

What is Error 3?

This is a type of a Google Chrome update error code. It indicates a failure to communicate with Google update. The error code is displayed in the following format:

‘Update server not available (error: 3)’


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Error Causes

Error 3 may be triggered by several reasons. These include:

  • You are running Vista/ 7 and you have configured Google Chrome to run as administrator
  • Google Update is not registered properly
  • Registry issues

Further Information and Manual Repair

Here are some of the best and effective DIY methods to resolve error 3 on your PC without any professional help. You don’t need to be a technical whiz to try these methods.

Method 1

If the reason for the error cause is related to Google Chrome configured as administrator on your PC, then simply run it as a normal user. This is a common issue with Google Chrome auto-updating mechanism.

Method 2

If the problem still persists, then it is advisable to try re-installing Google Chrome.

To do this, first uninstall Google Chrome. Go to the start menu, control panel and then program and features. Choose Add and Remove Programs and uninstall Google Chrome.

To activate changes, reboot your system. Now reinstall Google Chrome by downloading it from Google Chrome’s official website.

Method 3

If error 3 is triggered because Google Chrome is not registered properly, then try this method to fix the issue.

  1. First verify that GoogleUpdate.exe exists in the location specified in the Windows Registry Editor. For this, go to the Start Menu and then type ‘regedit’ in the search bar.
  2. Now click OK. The registry editor will appear. Now in the tree view on the left, navigate to the following directory:
  3. HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{2F0E2680-9FF5-43C0-B76E-114A56E93598}LocalServer32
  4. Make sure the default value corresponds to the location of your GoogleUpdate.exe or GoogleUpdateOnDemand.exe file. Also, verify that these files are located in the given path.
  5. For instance if they are located in different locations, then right click the default value and select Modify.
  6. Enter the correct file path and use double quotation marks for example “C:Documents and Settings%USERNAME%Local SettingsApplication DataGoogleUpdateGoogleUpdate.exe(or GoogleUpdateOnDemand.exe)”

Method 4

Error 3 may also pop up because of registry issues.

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