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What is the GoogleDesktopIE.dll component needed for?

Simply stated, a DLL file is an unnamed executable file. It cannot be directly invoked, but it can be called by any executable Windows program.

The GoogleDesktopIE.dll 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 GoogleDesktopIE.dll 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 GoogleDesktopIE.dll Google Desktop

GoogleDesktopIE.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file GoogleDesktopIE.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" (usually C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\). Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 111,104 bytes (37% of all these files), 103,936 bytes as well as 4 other variants.
This DLL file is a browser plug-in. This could mean that your Internet Explorer has been given additional useful capabilities. However, not all such plug-ins are worthwhile. Some just display advertisements or surreptitiously change your browser settings. The unique identifer of the browser plug-in is 7c1ce531-09e9-4fc5-9803-1c2956615786. This GoogleDesktopIE.dll process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. It can analyze your Internet behavior, since it acts like an Internet Explorer plug-in. The GoogleDesktopIE file is not part of the Windows operating system. For this service - unlike Windows' own system services - there is no good description available. GoogleDesktopIE.dll is capable of interpret keystrokes as well as supervise programs. For this reason, 71% 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 GoogleDesktopIE.dll. 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 GoogleDesktopIE?

Part of Google Desktop Search
File used by the Google Desktop Search application
A simple browser extension to hook the Google website, and to provide inter-connectivity between the Google Desktop client, and the actual live Google website. (further information...)
Part of Google Desktop Search Tool (further information...)

Summary: 11 users judge GoogleDesktopIE.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. 4 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, one user has already deleted GoogleDesktopIE.dll. source: file.net

How to uninstall Google Desktop

GoogleDesktopIE.dll 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 in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if GoogleDesktopIE.dll (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 GoogleDesktopIE.dll 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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