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Process name: Google Toolbar Notifier

Product: Google (toolbar.google.com)

Support: Help link   Update link   Uninstall tool  

Company: Google

File: GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe

The Notifier process is part of Google's toolbar software, which is designed for use with Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 and above, on Windows Vista, Windows 7 or above, or Windows XP SP3, (the last of which is no longer supported by Microsoft). The Google Toolbar provides IE users with some of the same abilities built into Google's Chrome browser: searching from the address bar, one-click bookmark creation, seeing search results while typing, and so forth. The Notifier process runs in the background checking for any other processes or programs that attempt to change the user's "default search engine" setting away from Google without permission. It is not needed for the toolbar itself to operate. Some users elect to turn it off becuse they suspect it of sending to Google the keywords and phrases they enter while searching. Some just do not like having a process running they consider unnecessary, to conserve CPU usage. Simply unchecking the box for the process under Startup programs in "msconfig" will not keep it from coming back. The "Settings" option of the toolbar itself, (which is accessed differently under XP-compatible versions than in later ones), has an entry under "Toolbar Options" labelled, "Set and keep Search settings to Google," which can be unchecked there and the browser window restarted, after which the Processes tab in Task Manager will no longer show the Notifier process to be running.

Google Toolbar for Firefox has been discontinued. While the Google Toolbar for Mac is not announced as discontinued, it is intended for Firefox and Google's web page for it is from 2008. If you want a detailed security rating about your GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe (and all other running background processes) read the following user opinions, and download the free trial version of Security Task Manager. www.neuber.com/taskmanager/process/googletoolbarnotifier.exe.html 

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Users Opinions

Average user rating of GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe: based on 36 votes. Read also the 28 reviews.

  • 5120 users ask for this file. 13 users rated it as not dangerous. 2 users rated it as not so dangerous. 14 users rated it as neutral. 3 users rated it as little bit dangerous. 4 users rated it as dangerous. 2 users didn't rate it ("don't know").

All comments about GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe:
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.  See also: Link FatEric
Its not dangerus but its sneaky and i had thought better of google before this JWINGS
Google Toolbar Call Home - Sends user entered Keywords and Phrases to Google.  See also: Link Brian Smith
This file on my computer takes a quarter of a second to go through it runs. Not that much of a delay. It's only feature however is to prevent anything from switching the search engine from google. Link for disable instructions.  See also: Link MikedaSnipe
Valid Program, but not required on startup. I just used msconfig to disable it, but didnt remove it. :P MOLEMASTER.Bradley
used to keep other programs from making your default engine anything but Google  See also: Link thanh thuy phan
GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe is related to Google software. Shaner
It is the process that accompanies the google toolbar in IE7. It runs on the background to check if there is another search that tries to replace it. Apart from this, it connects to a server to check if there is a new update. It is quite annoying, because it installs without permission, But according to google this is because of a bug and the software is not a virus. To delete it you can delete the file :C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier or untick the autorun entry . If you just change the options of the toolbar, when you boot your computer, this process will start again  See also: Link zandarina
Just goto IE GoogToolbar settings-options-more-uncheck 1st box A H
This tool is designed to stop LiveSearch from taking over the IE search tool. It does nothing else.  See also: Link Monkey Butt
This file comes with the Google Toolbar and is for keeping Google as your default search engine and not allowing it be changed without notifying you; it is not dangerous but not necessary for the other functions of the toolbar, If it is using up too much resources you may disable it . Google says you can do this in the "Settings" on your Toolbar: "Options"/ "More" / un-check "Set and keep Search settings to Google." BUT you also need to remove the auto-run entry  See also: Link Ariane R
Norton Antobot doesn't have any problem with it  See also: Link Bert
my comp is showing up 2 of them. one of them real, other fake, you can distinguish them by the space between notifier and the .exe
Safe app for google toolbar Kevin
Pointless Process. Not Dangerous Phillip
An annoying program that runs at startup no matter how many times i disable it using C-Cleaner. Unnecessarily uses up resources and slows down startup. Have searched in vain for solution on how to disable it permanently, but all advice refers to older versions of IE. Mira
Winpatrol popped up after I searched using different browser, asking for permission to run, clicked No, then so far system is responding - story not over but its a good start Pete Bennett
Its used by google but its not necessary you can disable the startup by using msconfig, but this program will autostart anytime you open a browser with a google toolbar you have to go to Tools manage add ons and disable notifier. Gregg
It keeps rejuvenating other google processes I end. Maybe it's not dangerous in its true form, but on my computer it's definitely connected to my google redirect virus. Still looking for a heal. :( Lawrence
Was Located in the Program File folder (which was the right place for it to be). The only problem I saw with it, beside eating up my resources, was the fact that I was unable to stop that process in Task Manager. Was telling me that I didn't have the rights necessary even when I was logged in as Admin. When Google installs stuff on your computer and restrains your right to it, then you know there's something fishy in it! LightBurner
I disabled it a long time ago, but have yet to find a way to completely REMOVE itís entry in the plug-ins section. Roy
GoogleToolbarNotifier disables Nortons AntiSpam feature on OutlookExpress Toolbar. Mark
Usless process from google programs John
I just took the advice given here and got rid of it and suddenly all the problems I **had** been having, disappeared!!! ***thank you***!!!! Roger Bruton
it a program that runs to keep google as your search engine you can quarantine it with security task manager so it won't startup again you can use it for free for 30 days! rob
Its a Toolbar and useless! Max

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