Thursday, October 05, 2006

Uninstall the Google Toolbar Notifier

Grrr... recently I was distressed to see a process running in my Windows Task Manager named GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe. Although I recall telling the various Google components on my computer to NOT do any automatic updating, clearly the Google Toolbar Notifier was running in the background.

After a fruitless search through the Windows Start menu and my System Tray, I did a web search and discovered that I needed to manually delete the program.

Here's how to do it:

1. Open the Windows Task Manager

2. Find the task named GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe, then right-click on it. From the menu choose "End Process" and confirm.

3. Open Windows Explorer and delete the entire folder named

C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier


That should do it!

11 comments:

Doug said...

Here's another way using the toolbar's option dialog: http://www.google.com/support/toolbar/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=73961

=[OGT]=NickNolte said...

thanks it work for me!!

Eliot said...

Thank you Harry.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this!

Anonymous said...

Thank You Harry!

Dan said...

When I try to kill it from taskbar, it says Opperation is not allowed. I'll try some other way.

Anonymous said...

Dan, in task manager, you must first click on show processes for all users and then you can disable the google toolbar notifier. Cheers

Anonymous said...

harry your awesome thanks

wwwXpert said...

I don't recommend deleting the folder because do so creates orphaned dependencies. Instead remove the registry entry for GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe from :

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current\Version\Run

This prevents GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe from running upon every system startup without screwing up your system.

Regards,
Dave N.

wwwXpert said...

I don't recommend deleting the folder because do so creates orphaned dependencies. Instead remove the registry entry for GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe from :

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current\Version\Run

This prevents GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe from running upon every system startup without screwing up your system.

Regards,
Dave N.

Pea Tay said...

It hardly uses any processes, not much memory and stops your browser search page changing via malware, it's a good process to have running.