What is gcapi.dll, Uses & How to Remove it

gcapi.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that is a part of the Google Chrome web browser by Google LLC. gcapi stands for Google Cloud API (Application Program Interface). This API is a component of Google Cloud Platform that probably plays an important role in the online Google Cloud Services on your device. This is not a system file and generally does not cause issues and interference with your operating system.

In this article, we will discuss some properties of this file and if it is causing issues on your Windows device, we have also included some simple methods to fix them.

Properties of the file gcapi.dll

File Name: gcapi.dll
File Size: 385 KB
File Location: C:\Users\admin\AppData\Local\Temp\ (May vary but usually in C: drive)
Publisher: Google Inc.
File Description: gcapi

Sometime this file may also visible on the user’s desktop.

Is the file gcapi.dll safe or a virus?

gcapi.dll file information

gcapi.dll is a safe and trustworthy file. Although it does not have a digital signature, it can be trusted as long as its properties confirm that it is a part of Google’s gcapi application. Also, due to the file being a DLL file, its chances of being a virus is low as the file cannot execute itself (it is not an application .exe file).

It is a good practice to check the file’s properties in case it is causing problems. By checking the properties, you can verify the location and digital signatures on the file.

Common Errors related to gcapi.dll

Generally, DLL files like gcapi.dll can cause two types of errors –

  • DLL file missing error:  “The program can’t start because gcapi.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.”
  • Application error: “The application was unable to start correctly (*Hexadecimal error code*). Click OK to close the application.”

Causes of these errors –

  1. Corrupted program files: Files could have been tampered with by the user or a bug
  2. Infected file: Trojan Virus disguised as gcapi.dll which changes its extension to .exe and execute itself
  3. Accidental deletion of important program files: User may have deleted the dll file or it was removed

Given below are some simple methods to solve these errors.

Methods to solve errors related to gcapi.dll

Method 1: Uninstalling and reinstalling Google Chrome

1) Press Windows + R to open the Run application

2) Type appwiz.cpl to open Programs and Features


3) Look for Google Chrome in the list of applications

4) Right-click on Google Chrome and click on ‘Uninstall’

chrome uninstall

5) Wait for Chrome to uninstall and then download and install it again from https://www.google.com/chrome/ 

The issue should be resolved as all the corrupted or deleted files will be replaced with fresh program files.

Method 2: Scanning your PC for viruses

If you have antivirus software installed, you should scan your PC (specifically the C: drive) for viruses or malware disguised as gcapi.dll. If you don’t have a third-party antivirus program, you can use Windows Defender to scan your PC using the following steps.

1) Search Windows Security in the start menu and open it


2) Click on Virus & Threat Protection and press Quick scan button


Virus and threat protection quick scan

3) Wait a few minutes for the scan to finish

4) Alternatively, you can use Full Scan instead of Quick Scan in step 2.

Other similar Chrome error tunnel connection failed fixed here.

Method 3: Reset your PC

If the above steps didn’t work, you should consider resetting your Windows OS. Resetting the PC will install a fresh copy of Windows without removing your files and settings. (Some apps which are conflicting your system can be removed).

1) Search for Reset this PC in the start menu and click on it

Reset this pc on Windows 10

2) Click on Get Started 

Reset this pc settings

3) In the new window, choose the Keep my files’ option

Reset this pc option in Windows 10

4) Wait for the reset process to be finished.

These methods should be sufficient in order to fix the errors related to gcapi.dll. In case you have queries or feedback to give, please mention it in the comments down below or contact us.

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Bipul is an undergraduate engineering student, who has used five different Windows releases over 8 years of him being a true PC enthusiast.

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