What is Googletoolbarnotifier.exe

swg - GoogleToolbarNotifier - Google Inc.

File description

Googletoolbarnotifier.exe with description swg is a process file from company Google Inc. belonging to product GoogleToolbarNotifier.
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What is googletoolbarnotifier.exe?
This is Notifier service that is installed with the Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer. Its purpose is to warn you if any other software tries to change your default search engine and to check for updates.

This process is not essential to the operation of the system and can safely be disabled. It should not, however, be deleted, as that could interfere with the proper operation of the Google Toolbar. If you wish to disable the process, turn off the notification option in the Google Toolbar and then uncheck the corresponding entry in msconfig. The screenshot below illustrates how this process should appear in the task manager:

As you can see in this screenshot, googletoolbarnotifier.exe typically runs as the current user (in this case, Mike). A process with this name running as a different user may be indicative of a malware infection.

Dangers of googletoolbarnotifier
As this is the name of a process that runs on any system with the Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer installed, it is common for virus writers and spyware vendors to disguise their malware as the genuine one.

Some malicious files will have the same name but will be stored somewhere other than in a subdirectory of %Program Files%\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier. Other malware will use a name that appears similar to that of the legitimate one but with slight differences in spelling or with appended digits. While there are currently no known viruses, Trojans, or adware applications that disguise themselves as this process, you should look out for the presence of this file in an incorrect location or with a slightly different name.
There should not typically be more than one instance of googletoolbarnotifier.exe running at a given time on a system. The presence of multiple instances may be an indicator of a malware infection. If you do not have the Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer installed, the presence of this executable is a possible sign of a virus infection.

Common problems
  • An error message occurs when shutting down
    • This is known to happen on occasion. Follow the steps above to disable the Google Toolbar Notifier.

Automatic startup locations

001 Running Processes
002 Autorun registry entries local machine
003 Autorun registry entries Current User
008 Autorun registry entries Default user
009 Autorun registry entries SYSTEM user
012 Autorun registry entries S-1-5-XX users
135 Current User Runonce (+ subkeys)
136 Local Machine Runonce (+subkeys)
166 HKCU Policies\Explorer\Run
167 HKLM Policies\Explorer\Run
191 Terminal Server\Install\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

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