What does the GoogleDesktopIndex.exe file do?
The GoogleDesktopIndex.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 GoogleDesktopIndex.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Google Desktop has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Google Desktop has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- GoogleDesktopIndex.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module GoogleDesktopIndex.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about GoogleDesktopIndex.exe Google Desktop
GoogleDesktopIndex.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. GoogleDesktopIndex.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" - mostly C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 555,008 bytes (53% of all these files), 554,496 bytes as well as 9 other variants.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. This process is receiving or sending data on the LAN (your local network) or on the Internet. This file has none of the usual file information, such as version number, etc. GoogleDesktopIndex.exe is capable of monitor other applications as well as Change the behavior of other applications. 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 GoogleDesktopIndex.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 GoogleDesktopIndex?
|Google desktop (further information...) |
|its from google |
|part of Google search engine, can be dangerous without firewall. |
|this is google's new desktop search tool, it is cool and safe (further information...) |
|Google desktop engine. Installed on demand. (further information...) |
Summary: 26 users judge GoogleDesktopIndex.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 4 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, one user has already deleted GoogleDesktopIndex.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.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for Google Desktop in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if GoogleDesktopIndex.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 GoogleDesktopIndex.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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