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What is the googletoolbar4.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 googletoolbar4.dll process is also known as Google IE Client Toolbar and is a part of Google Toolbar for IE. This software is produced by Google (toolbar.google.com). An obsolete or defective version of googletoolbar4.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 googletoolbar4.dll Google IE Client Toolbar

googletoolbar4.dll is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Googletoolbar4.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" - mostly C:\Program Files\google\. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 2,403,392 bytes (97% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 2,133,056 bytes.
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 AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. As a plug-in of Windows Internet Explorer, this file has the ability to look over your shoulder as you browse the Web. There is no concrete documentation available for this service. Googletoolbar4.dll was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. It possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). Googletoolbar4.dll is capable of log keyboard entries as well as supervise programs. For this reason, 48% 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 googletoolbar4.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 googletoolbar4?

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Summary: 2 users consider it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net

How to uninstall Google Toolbar for IE

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To remove Google IE Client Toolbar 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 Toolbar for IE in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if googletoolbar4.dll (Google IE Client Toolbar) 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 IE Client Toolbar. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Google IE Client Toolbar 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 googletoolbar4.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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