If you are a student of Graphics designing or Animation, you might have heard of Autodesk. Yes, it is the same company responsible for Animation tools such as Maya.
Autodesk products are pretty popular and a lot of professionals use them. But one bad thing about some of this software is that they can behave abnormally. They can also be very slow and consume a large number of resources from your computer.
Your computer will start running slow and when you open the task manager to see what’s wrong you can clearly see a high CPU usage. This CPU usage is often caused by a subprocess called “Chromium Host Executable.” This is a kind of malware that utilizes the amount of CPU power and then slows down your computer. Today, we are bringing you ways to solve this problem once and for all. Let’s get into it.
What is Chromium Host Executable?
Chromium Host Executable is a subprocess that can be caused due to an Animation Software called Maya from Autodesk. The program is also called “AcWebBrowse.exe” and you can see it hogging up your CPU power and slowing down your computer.
The Chromium Host Executable is actually a part of the Autodesk Browser component. The job of this component is to actually boost the performance of Autodesk software as they can be pretty heavy. But the end result is completely different. Autodesk instead slows down your PC while making their own apps faster.
The Maya software has an online functionality that allows the users to access online web pages inside the Animation program. And to do this, Maya uses the “AcWebBrowser.exe” subprocess. This process doesn’t commonly have any issues but sometimes, it can skyrocket the CPU consumption and result in a very bad experience.
Reasons for Chromium Host Executable
There are quite a few reasons why the Chromium Host Executable malware is present in your system. Some of them are:
- Third-party applications like Autodesk are installed on your PC and they are interfering with the System by taking too many resources. The programs are given whole privileges to get as much resource as they need and they are taking advantage of it.
- You are running the defective version of Maya and this is the reason by AcWebBrowser is consuming so much CPU. An update to the software could fix this problem, however.
- Your Antivirus is trying to delete the Chromium Host Executable while the program is running and this creates a pretty good confusion inside the system and makes the system even slower. You can also have trouble removing the program because your Antivirus is monitoring it on a loop.
Fixes for the Chromium Host Executable Problem
Fix 1: Disable the Maya Software
If the Maya software runs in the background and consumes a hefty amount of resources then your best fix is to just disable the software temporarily. You can enable it later when you actually need it. To disable it, follow the steps below:
- Simply go to your Start Menu and right-click on it, traverse to the Task Manager option, and open it.
- Inside the task manager option, go to the Processes tab. You can see a list of processes here.
- Search for the “Chromium Host Executable” process in the list of processes. The process can be sorted alphabetically and this will help you locate it more easily.
- When you find the process, just right-click on it and a select end to close the process. If this doesn’t solve your problem, move on to Fix 2.
Fix 2: Stop all Autodesk applications
So, have you completed Fix 1, right? The reason the previous fix did not work is that you have some other Autodesk applications as well.
And, now you need to stop all the Autodesk applications from running in the background. To do this, follow these steps:
- Go to the Start Menu and search for the Run program. You can also use the “Windows +R” shortcut to do it.
- Now, inside the run type in ‘services. MSC’, this will open the Microsoft service configuration windows.
- Inside the Service MSC windows, navigate to the ‘Autodesk Desktop Application’ option and open the properties by right-clicking on it.
- You can now go to the Startup type tab in the properties and then select the ‘Disabled’ option.
Fix 3: Uninstall the Autodesk Applications
If all else fails, this is the last resort fix to the problem. Yes, you need to simply uninstall all the Autodesk apps. To do this, follow the steps:
- Open up the Windows Start Menu by right-clicking on it.
- Go to the Control Panel and see the Programs and Applications tab present on your PC.
- You will now find a list of programs that are installed on your computer.
- Select the Autodesk applications and uninstall them manually. You need to uninstall them one by one.
- When you are done, close the window and your problem should now be fixed.
While Autodesk software is very good for doing a lot of heavy tasks, you need to keep in mind that the software can be pretty buggy.
Check out our other PC Error Fixes.
The Chrome Host Executable is one such bug of the software and it can totally ruin your application. One way to totally prevent his from ever happening is by using a legitimate copy of the software (not the pirated one) and frequently updating it to the latest versions.
But if you do have the problem already existing, you can follow our fixes and solve it yourself.