How to Remove “GOOGLEDESKTOP.EXE”

What is googledesktop.exe?

Originally developed by Google Inc., googledesktop.exe is a legitimate file process that is associated with Google Desktop application. By default, it is located in C:\Program Files.

googledesktop.exe virus is created when malware authors write virus files and name them after googledesktop.exe with an aim to spread virus on the internet.

Affected Platform: Windows OS

How to check if your computer is infected with googledesktop.exe malware?

If your system is affected by googledesktop.exe malware, you will notice one or the several below symptoms:

  • googledesktop.exe occupies an unusually large CPU memory
  • Erratic internet connection
  • Your browser is bombarded with annoying popup ads
  • Computer screen freezes
  • PC's processing speed suffers
  • You are redirected to unknown websites

To pinpoint the virus file location, take the following steps:

Step 1: Press CTRL+ALT+DEL keys at once to open Task Manager.

Step 2: If you notice the file located outside C:\Program Files, you should run an antivirus scan to get rid of the malware.

How to remove googledesktop.exe malware from system using Comodo Cleaning Essentials?

You can either choose to remove googledesktop.exe and other malwares using Comodo Antivirus, or Comodo Cleaning Essentials (CCE) – both of which are absolutely free to download! CCE is a set of computer security tools designed to help you identify and remove malwares and unsafe processes from an infected computer.

To remove malwares using CCE, take the following steps:

1. Check the system requirements and download the feature-rich CCE suite for free.
2. After installation, choose the type of scan you want to perform. CCE offers 3 scan options to get rid of malwares from a PC:

  • Smart Scan: Does a scan on critical areas of your system.
  • Full Scan: Does a complete scan of your system.
  • Custom Scan: Does a scan only on selected items.

The process to initiate the above mentioned scans are self-explanatory and thus, easy-to-use. 
Additionally, it's recommended that you approve of any updates that the CCE will prompt you about to ensure it does a better job of identifying all the latest threats.

3. Click 'Next' to view the results.

Regardless of the type of scan you choose, the results will sometimes show false positive (flagging files that are actually safe), which has to be ignored. Only select the files you want to get rid of.

4. Click 'Apply' to apply the selected operations to the threats. The selected operations will be applied.

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Malware Entries

First Seen: 06 February 2011 at 6:11 pm
No. Company File Type SHA1 MD5 Malware
Name
Digitally
Signed
File
Version
Product
Version
Submitted
From
Malware Behavior
1 Google Executable 756b220634477cb2
d2d032ae4edc6c0d
c69f2505
fffe01ca1e196d04
b084df3a2361d0d8
Virus.Win32.
Sality.gen
No 5.1.703.26
697
5.1.703.26
697
Syrian Arab Republic N/A
2 Google Executable 7481f0617a67d166
3dd0fdae4e5ba82e
6b398edb
eb1f349b7bef9cdc
e47cdc3ab7cf4824
Virus.Win32.
Virut.Ce
No 5.1.703.13
372
5.1.703.13
372
Iran, Islamic Republic of N/A
3 Google Executable 358ea999fcb3939d
9e47a2e91daf5903
a18d8e78
14ad41617294f954
deb950c350e7423c
Worm.Win32.G
ael.A
No 5.9.911.35
89
5.9.911.35
89
Spain N/A
4 N/A Executable a67ca5247a9e74ad
6be8c67fb658b0ff
2b5aa732
f1d9eef2f7ecf5e1
b848db7a3138f78f
Virus.Win32.
Virut.CE
No N/A N/A 5.119.190.32/32 N/A
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Safe Entries

First Seen: 03 June 2008 at 6:44 pm
No. Company File Type SHA1 MD5 Digitally
Signed
File
Version
Product
Version
Submitted
From
1 Google Executable eaef25cac9e3b416
dc8b5d3e4b5c1912
395a5bac
N/A No 5.1.706.29
690
5.1.706.29
690
United States
2 Google Executable 603f73160dcc49da
297a10f0691cefe4
dddd9772
9f5f2f0fb0a7f5aa
9f16b9a7b6dad89f
Yes 5.9.1005.1
2335
5.9.1005.1
2335
Sweden
3 Google Executable 603f73160dcc49da
297a10f0691cefe4
dddd9772
9f5f2f0fb0a7f5aa
9f16b9a7b6dad89f
Yes 5.9.1005.1
2335
5.9.1005.1
2335
Iran, Islamic Republic of
4 N/A Executable 40669242e77ca07d
34302a79a1afbe7f
a355f1bd
d7ff5e298a0ad6c0
1e06bc1b2d202cf6
No N/A N/A Internal Submission
Display 4 items per page
  • 4 items per page
  • 8 items per page
  • 16 items per page
  • 32 items per page
 
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