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What does the GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe file do?

The GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe process is also known as setup and is a part of Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer or, as the case may be, IBM Software Package Installer. This software is produced by Google (toolbar.google.com). An obsolete or defective version of GoogleToolbarNotifier.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 GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe setup

GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in in a subdirectory of the "My Documents" folder. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 68,856 bytes (52% of all these files), 39,408 bytes as well as 6 other variants.
It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. The file has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. The file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: Run, DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\Run). This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. For this reason, 34% 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 GoogleToolbarNotifier.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 GoogleToolbarNotifier?

This appears to be a ghost program that was started by a possible Trojan it shows up different than the link for the Google Toolbar and it helps to bog down system processes, when deciding to keep or remove this check for the Prod ID that should show if its the legimate program
Jessie Watters
Part of Google Toolbar for Firefox
Process that keeps Google as the default search engine. The GoogleToolbarNofifer.exe runs by default at the startup and monitors if another software (like MSN Toolbar) tries to change Google's settings. (further information...)
Its not dangerus but its sneaky and i had thought better of google before this
Google Toolbar Call Home - Sends user entered Keywords and Phrases to Google. (further information...)
Brian Smith

Summary: 12 users judge GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 users consider it harmless. However, 3 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 4 users have already deleted GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer or IBM Software Package Installer

GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe setup fix

To remove setup 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 Internet Explorer or IBM Software Package Installer in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe (setup) 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 setup. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for setup 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 GoogleToolbarNotifier.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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