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60%
60% of PCs block this file from running.
Possible reason:
Performance resource utilization

VersionsAdditional versions

4, 1, 509, 1944 95.29%
2, 0, 301, 1654 4.71%

Relationships

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GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe

GoogleToolbarNotifier by Google Inc (Signed)

Remove GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
Version:   2, 0, 301, 1654
MD5:   e616a6a6e91b0a86f2f6217cde835ffe
SHA1:   edf35bad552fe80897eb3e9b088f00439503a815
SHA256:   411671c4b2bb4db3f02a21c199a5479f31394165704736a549b53245b94577f7

What is GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe?

Google Toolbar Notifier is a Windows service that runs in the background to make sure that Google is your default search engine and is automatically installed on your PC when you install many of the Google applications such as the Google Toolbar or Google Chrome. This windows service is simply designed to make sure the default search provider is not changed.

About GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe (from Google Inc)

Toolbar Notifier protects your Google search settings and notifies you if a website or program attempts to change your default search settings. Sometimes malware attempts to redirect your searches to

DetailsDetails

File name:GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
Publisher:Google Inc.
Product name:GoogleToolbarNotifier
Typical file path:C:\Program Files\google\googletoolbarnotifier\googletoolbarnotifier.exe
File version:2, 0, 301, 1654
Size:67.24 KB (68,856 bytes)
Certificate
Issued to:Google Inc
Authority (CA):VeriSign
Effective date:Monday, June 18, 2007
Expiration date:Friday, June 18, 2010
Digital DNA
Entropy:5.488021
File packed:No
.NET CLR:No
More details

BehaviorsBehaviors

Startup files (user) run
Runs under the registry key 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run'
  • 'swg' → "C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe"
Network connections
  • [TCP] yyz06s07-in-f0.1e100.net (74.125.226.64:80)

  • ResourcesResource utilization

    (Note: statistics below are averages based on a minimum sample size of 200 unique participants)
    Averages
     
    CPU
    Total CPU:0.00345997%
    0.028634%
    Kernel CPU:0.00137758%
    0.013761%
    User CPU:0.00208240%
    0.014873%
    Kernel CPU time:50,121 ms/min
    100,923,805ms/min
    User CPU time:1 ms/min
    0 ms/min
    CPU cycles:101,568/sec
    17,470,203/sec
    Context switches:1/sec
    284/sec
    Memory
    Private memory:4.92 MB
    21.59 MB
    Private (maximum):3.66 MB
    Private (minimum):1.51 MB
    Non-paged memory:4.92 MB
    21.59 MB
    Virtual memory:78.88 MB
    140.96 MB
    Virtual memory (peak):82.51 MB
    169.69 MB
    Working set:2.02 MB
    18.61 MB
    Working set (peak):8.49 MB
    37.95 MB
    Page faults:42,928/min
    2,039/min
    I/O
    I/O read transfer:9.78 KB/sec
    1.02 MB/min
    I/O read operations:8/sec
    343/min
    I/O write transfer:59 Bytes/sec
    274.99 KB/min
    I/O write operations:1/sec
    227/min
    I/O other transfer:720 Bytes/sec
    448.09 KB/min
    I/O other operations:21/sec
    1,671/min
    Resource allocations
    Threads:6
    12
    Handles:300
    600
    GUI GDI count:13
    103
    GUI USER count:15
    49

    BehaviorsProcess properties

    Platform:32-bit
    Command lines:
    • "C:\Program Files\google\googletoolbarnotifier\googletoolbarnotifier.exe" -embedding
    • "C:\Program Files\google\googletoolbarnotifier\googletoolbarnotifier.exe"
    • "C:\programmer\google\googletoolbarnotifier\googletoolbarnotifier.exe"
    Owner:User
    Parent processes:

    ResourcesThreads

    Averages
     
    GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe (main module)
    Total CPU:0.00018371%
    0.272967%
    Kernel CPU:0.00013386%
    0.107585%
    User CPU:0.00004985%
    0.165382%
    CPU cycles:55,922/sec
    5,741,424/sec
    Memory:76 KB
    1.16 MB
    swg.dll (GoogleToolbarNotifier by Google)
    Total CPU:0.00006681%
    Kernel CPU:0.00004758%
    User CPU:0.00001923%
    CPU cycles:1,197/sec
    Memory:996 KB
    ntdll.dll
    Total CPU:0.00000976%
    Kernel CPU:0.00000976%
    User CPU:0.00000000%
    CPU cycles:138/sec
    Memory:1.16 MB

    Common loaded modules

    These are modules that are typiclaly loaded within the context of this process.

    Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

    OS versiondistribution
    Windows 7 Home Premium 34.50%
    Microsoft Windows XP 20.00%
    Windows Vista Home Premium 13.50%
    Windows 7 Ultimate 8.00%
    Windows 7 Professional 8.00%
    Windows 8 Pro 5.00%
    Windows 7 Home Basic 4.00%
    Windows 8 3.00%
    Windows 8.1 1.00%
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 1.00%
    Windows 7 Starter 1.00%
    Windows Vista Home Basic 0.50%
    Windows Vista Ultimate 0.50%

    Distribution by countryDistribution by country

    United States installs about 48.24% of GoogleToolbarNotifier.

    OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

    PC Manufacturerdistribution
    Toshiba 19.01%
    Dell 14.08%
    Hewlett-Packard 13.73%
    Sony 11.27%
    Acer 10.21%
    ASUS 8.45%
    Lenovo 5.63%
    Intel 5.63%
    Compaq 4.23%
    Gateway 3.52%
    GIGABYTE 1.41%
    Samsung 1.06%
    American Megatrends 0.70%
    Alienware 0.35%
    Packard Bell 0.35%
    Sahara 0.35%
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