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What is googledesktop.exe?

Part of Google Desktop by Google

What is it?

Google Desktop was desktop search software made by Google. The program allows text searches of a user's e-mails, computer files, music, photos, chats, Web pages viewed, and other "Google Gadgets". After initially installing Google Desktop, the software completes an indexing of all the files in the computer. After the initial indexing is completed, the software continues to index files as needed. Users can start searching for files immediately after installing the program.
Description of googledesktop.exe from Google
Google Desktop will offer full text search over your email, computer files, chats, and the web pages you've viewed. By making your computer searchable, it puts your information easily within your reach and frees you from having to manually organize your files, emails, and bookmarks. It introduces new ways to access relevant and timely information. When you view a web page in Internet Explorer, it caches or stores its content so that you can later look at that same version of the page, even if its live content has changed or you're offline. It organizes email search results into conversations, so that all email messages in the same thread are grouped into a single search result.
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How does googledesktop.exe run?

Service - googledesktop.exe runs as a background Windows service (GoogleDesktopManager-092308-165331).

How does googledesktop.exe start?

Startup files (all users) run - googledesktop.exe is registered with the run identifier 'Google Desktop Search' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe" /startup' in the Windows registry HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when any Windows user logs into Windows.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the googledesktop.exe process running.Of the 0.1% of googledesktop.exe users, 19.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is googledesktop.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00003% CPU272.7%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
19.59 MB RAM91.0%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
89 GDI objects59.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\google\google desktop search\googledesktop.exe

Are there other versions of Google Desktop?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by Google Desktop.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Vista (TM) Home Basic (6.0.6001.65536)

About Google

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File details

File name: googledesktop.exe
Publisher: Google (verified)
Name: Google Desktop
Description: Google Desktop
Version: 5.8.809.23506
Size: 29.48 KB

Digital certificate

Issued to: Google Inc
Certificate authority: VeriSign

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000592726%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000319998%
User CPU: 0.00002727280142%
Privileged CPU time: 495248.57 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,156,496,563
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 131.9 MB
Peak committed memory: 139.4 MB
Paged memory: 19.59 MB
Peak paged memory: 23.51 MB
Paged system memory: 191.18 KB
Non-paged system memory: 12.2 KB
Working set memory: 8.01 MB
Peak working set memory: 22.23 MB
Min working set memory: 5.31 MB
Private memory: 19.59 MB
Page faults: 1,563,959
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 18,114
Total read transfer: 213.61 MB
Total write operations: 1,114
Total write transfer: 4.48 MB
Total other operations: 1,235,620
Total other transfer: 162.52 MB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 89
USER objects: 36
Handle count average: 460
Thread count average: 12
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 32-bit
System Tray: Yes
Parent Process
Child Processes
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe" /startup /wait 3192
"GoogleDesktop.exe" /display

Service details

Name: GoogleDesktopManager-092308-165331

Startup files (all users) run details

Name: Google Desktop Search
Command: "C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe" /startup

Network connectivity

TCP: localhost on port 4664

Image hashes

MD5: 9e37e0c528e1e3a79e215b6a4eea2143
SHA-1: 9df76f05eca83ff56ed45afd2efcc72684fc9431
SHA-256: 7abfbb07e90e485c43cf4367a1836350d67c213ca4df40f2aa1b34e676454717

PE image details

File packed: No
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