GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe running on a PC without Google Toolbar being installed - should I be worried?
Posted on 2011-03-24
A colleague has a PC that's been freezing up (which needs a forced power off to get it running again) and taking a long time to login. He tends to only use Outlook, Word and IE, so there's no unusual software causing the issue. Windows XP is the OS.
I had a quick look over the installed software and nothing looked worrying. However in the Task Manager I noticed there was a process "GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe" running despite Google Toolbar not being installed on the PC!
Google SketchUp is installed on the PC, and Google Toolbar may have been installed at some point but if so has since been removed. I have SketchUp installed on my own PC (though I never installed the Toolbar) and I have no such process present on mine.
I doubt that the GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe process is the source of the stability problems, but I'd like to see it removed anyway just in case - can anyone suggest how to do this? It must be starting up with the PC somehow.