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

googletoolbar.dll is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Googletoolbar.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 251,504 bytes (66% of all these files), 745,472 bytes, 255,600 bytes or, as the case may be, 259,696 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. For this service - unlike Windows' own system services - there is no good description available. As a plug-in of Windows Internet Explorer, this file has the ability to look over your shoulder as you browse the Web. This googletoolbar program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. The file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. Googletoolbar.dll is capable of track other applications as well as record keystrokes. For this reason, 58% 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 googletoolbar.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 googletoolbar?

is the google toolbar... (further information...)
coke
Company name Google Inc, Description Google tool bar for internet explorer
Should be related to Google Toolbar
NA
it's from google and i don't think it is dangerous (further information...)
diego

Summary: 6 users judge googletoolbar.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 users consider it harmless. source: file.net

How to uninstall Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer

To remove Google Toolbar 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 Toolbar for Internet Explorer in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if googletoolbar.dll (Google 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 Toolbar. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Google 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 googletoolbar.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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