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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 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe is executed by the process svchost.exe (Host Process for Windows Services 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 0.6% of all Boost users have the googletoolbarnotifier.exe process running.Of the 0.6% of googletoolbarnotifier.exe users, 93.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.71090% CPU7108965.0%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          3.65 MB RAM17.0%
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.
         12 GDI objects8.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
160 context switches/sec160.0%
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?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.131072)
Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows XP Professional (5.1.2600.196608)
Microsoft Windows XP (5.2.3790.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (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 Basic (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista 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: 4, 1, 509, 1944
Size: 38.48 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: 0.7708815334%
Privileged CPU: 0.0599850375%
User CPU: 0.71089649584082%
Total CPU time: 36 ms
Total CPU time /min: 1 ms
Privileged CPU time: 72511.83 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 2 ms
User CPU time: 14.01 ms
User CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 227,614,777
CPU cycle count /min: 16,370,148
Context switches /sec: 160
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 79.65 MB
Peak committed memory: 84.71 MB
Paged memory: 3.65 MB
Peak paged memory: 3.86 MB
Paged system memory: 136.88 KB
Non-paged system memory: 12.78 KB
Working set memory: 1.79 MB
Peak working set memory: 8.53 MB
Min working set memory: 1021.79 KB
Private memory: 3.65 MB
Page faults: 34,454
Page faults /min: 105
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 944
Read operations /min: 8
Total read transfer: 177.52 KB
Read transfer /min: 10.81 KB
Total write operations: 9
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 5.71 KB
Write transfer /min: 40 Bytes
Total other operations: 4,987
Other operations /min: 38
Total other transfer: 117.46 KB
Other Transfer /min: 990 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 12
Peak GDI objects: 14
USER objects: 12
Peak USER objects: 15
Handle count average: 228
Thread count average: 6
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 64-bit
Parent Processes
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe" -Embedding
"C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe"
"C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe" -Embedding
"C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe"
"C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe" -Embedding

Startup files (user) run details

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

Network connectivity

TCP: yh-in-f101.1e100.net on port 54538
TCP: syd01s12-in-f2.1e100.net on port 57284
TCP: syd01s06-in-f4.1e100.net on port 51012
TCP: syd01s04-in-f2.1e100.net on port 54553
TCP: sin01s05-in-f6.1e100.net on port 2287
TCP: ord08s07-in-f2.1e100.net on port 58171
TCP: ord08s06-in-f4.1e100.net on port 1249
TCP: ord08s05-in-f3.1e100.net on port 63410
TCP: nuq04s08-in-f2.1e100.net on port 3029
TCP: mia04s04-in-f3.1e100.net on port 51962
TCP: lhr14s20-in-f3.1e100.net on port 54299
TCP: lga15s35-in-f5.1e100.net on port 49170

Image hashes

MD5: 5d61be7db55b026a5d61a3eed09d0ead
SHA-1: 215950ce5d40907b041346f22b4e404ee591581d
SHA-256: d32cc7b31a6f98c60abc313abc7d1143681f72de2bb2604711a0ba20710caaae

PE image details

File entropy: 5.48802
File packed: No
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