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What is GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe?

Part of GoogleToolbarNotifier by Google

What is it?

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.
Description of googletoolbarnotifier.exe from Google
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 an unfamiliar search engine. If you confirm the change and choose a new default search engine, Toolbar Notifier will be disabled automatically.
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How does googletoolbarnotifier.exe run?

Process - GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe is executed by the process explorer.exe (Windows Explorer by Microsoft).

How does googletoolbarnotifier.exe start?

Startup files (user) run - GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe is registered with the run identifier 'swg' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe"' in the Windows registry HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when a user logs into Windows.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.5% of all Boost users have the googletoolbarnotifier.exe process running.Of the 0.5% of googletoolbarnotifier.exe users, 79.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.04165% CPU416479.5%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          4.92 MB RAM22.9%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
     180 /min8.0%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
         13 GDI objects8.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
          20 context switches/sec20.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\google\googletoolbarnotifier\googletoolbarnotifier.exe

Are there other versions of GoogleToolbarNotifier?

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 GoogleToolbarNotifier.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows XP Professional (5.1.2600.131072)
Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6000.0)
Windows Vista Ultimate (6.0.6000.0)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Basic (6.0.6001.65536)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6001.65536)
Windows Vista (TM) Business (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)

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File details

File name: GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
Publisher: Google Inc. (verified)
Name: GoogleToolbarNotifier
Description: GoogleToolbarNotifier
Version: 2, 0, 301, 1654
Size: 67.24 KB
Original file name: GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: Google Inc
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 6/18/2007
Expiration date: 6/18/2010

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0430255248%
Privileged CPU: 0.0013775751%
User CPU: 0.04164794979190%
Total CPU time: 1,266 ms
Total CPU time /min: 2 ms
Privileged CPU time: 50121.45 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 1 ms
User CPU time: 743.69 ms
User CPU time /min: 1 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,660,477,346
CPU cycle count /min: 6,094,074
Context switches /sec: 20
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 78.88 MB
Peak committed memory: 82.51 MB
Paged memory: 4.92 MB
Peak paged memory: 4.97 MB
Paged system memory: 128.14 KB
Non-paged system memory: 7.37 KB
Working set memory: 2.02 MB
Peak working set memory: 8.49 MB
Min working set memory: 1.51 MB
Private memory: 4.92 MB
Page faults: 42,928
Page faults /min: 93
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 532
Read operations /min: 8
Total read transfer: 255.11 KB
Read transfer /min: 9.78 KB
Total write operations: 39
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 103.54 KB
Write transfer /min: 59 Bytes
Total other operations: 2,815
Other operations /min: 21
Total other transfer: 296.57 KB
Other Transfer /min: 720 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 13
USER objects: 15
Handle count average: 300
Thread count average: 6
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 32-bit
Parent Processes
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe" -Embedding
"C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe"

Startup files (user) run details

Name: swg
Command: "C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe"

Network connectivity

TCP: yyz06s07-in-f0.1e100.net on port 51408

Image hashes

MD5: e616a6a6e91b0a86f2f6217cde835ffe
SHA-1: edf35bad552fe80897eb3e9b088f00439503a815
SHA-256: 411671c4b2bb4db3f02a21c199a5479f31394165704736a549b53245b94577f7

PE image details

File entropy: 5.48802
File packed: No
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