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What does the GoogleDesktop.exe file do?

The GoogleDesktop.exe process is also known as Google Desktop and is a part of Google Desktop. This software is produced by Google (toolbar.google.com). An obsolete or defective version of GoogleDesktop.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about GoogleDesktop.exe Google Desktop

GoogleDesktop.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file GoogleDesktop.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 30,192 bytes (52% of all these files), 1,838,592 bytes, 1,862,144 bytes, 240,640 bytes or, as the case may be, 227,328 bytes.
The GoogleDesktop file is not part of the Windows operating system. This GoogleDesktop.exe process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run). This file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. GoogleDesktop.exe is capable of Change the behavior of other applications, record keystrokes as well as track other applications. For this reason, 28% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves GoogleDesktop.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about GoogleDesktop?

it's part of Google Desktop Search wich use the power of Google Engine to search every sort of documents on your local computer
Black Dragon
It's from Google and enable the Desktop Search function. Not harmful at all.
Google Desktop Search (further information...)
Coloypr
Google Desktop Search. (further information...)
Sean A. Turvey U.E.
Google Desktop Search

Summary: 11 users judge GoogleDesktop.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 3 users consider it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 2 users have already deleted GoogleDesktop.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Google Desktop

To remove Google Desktop from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate Google Desktop in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if GoogleDesktop.exe (Google Desktop) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Google Desktop. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Google Desktop or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or GoogleDesktop.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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