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What does the GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe file do?

The GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe process is also known as Google Desktop and is a part of Google Desktop Search. This software is produced by Google (toolbar.google.com). An obsolete or defective version of GoogleDesktopCrawl.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 GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe Google Desktop

GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 129,536 bytes (50% of all these files), 195,584 bytes, 243,712 bytes, 195,072 bytes or, as the case may be, 73,216 bytes.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe is capable of supervise programs. For this reason, 54% 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 GoogleDesktopCrawl.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 GoogleDesktopCrawl?

if its from google, i'd expect it to be adware free just type it in google, they explain what it does
Google Desktop Search (further information...)
It's the crawler file for Google Desktop Search. It's used to index files on your harddrive.
Part of the Google Desktop Search Utility (further information...)
Easily search your hdd using google technology. (further information...)

Summary: 14 users judge GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 users consider it harmless. However, 2 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 2 users have already deleted GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Google Desktop Search

GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe Google Desktop fix

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. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for Google Desktop Search in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if GoogleDesktopCrawl.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 GoogleDesktopCrawl.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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