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What is gnotify.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the gnotify.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Gnotify.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with gnotify
Gnotify.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Gmail Notifier belongs to software Google Gmail Notifier or Gmail by Google (toolbar.google.com).

Description: Gnotify.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The gnotify.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings" (e.g. C:\Program Files\Google\Gmail Notifier\). Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 479,232 bytes (99% of all occurrences) or 549,360 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/gnotify.exe.html 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The application has no file description. It is not a Windows system file. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If you have any problems with gnotify.exe, you can also do the following:
  1) uninstall Google Gmail Notifier software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 8/7/Vista)
  2) go to the support area of the Google website.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as gnotify.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the gnotify.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.

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User Comments

gmail notifer (Google mail). Informs you when you have a new email in your gmail account. Not Dangerous
  Cory  
Rests in your systray and checks your Gmail inbox every two minutes. Not dangerous, useful for Gmail users.
  Montoya   (further information)
Tells you when you have new email for Gmail. Adware/Spyware free.
  Brad  
GMail Notifier. Very useful.
  Xtra_Zero  
Gmail notifier, resident program for inform you of mail
  Pascal   (further information)
Notifies you of new mail for your Gmail account. Not dangerous
  Keith Pierce   (further information)
gmail client. Consumes a lot of CPU
  Liquidozz  
When this program is run, it sits in your tray and checks for new mail from your Gmail account.
  Doody   (further information)
It is a very dangerous worm that sends all of your gmail mails to a preiously specified e-mail adress.
  Xavier  
dont bother with it just go and log in when you want or if you need email notification setup outlook express etc
  lloydy  
part of GMail Notifier. A great utility if you have a gmail account
  Akuma  
gives you notification of new emails to you gmail account
  mimagic69  
Very useful and harmless
  Dusky  
Gmail Notifier. Informs you when you have new mail. Adware/Spyware free.
  Danielle  
Polls the network every 1/3 second. Degrades performance.
   
Checks your gmail account for new e-mail, very useful
  Pontus1337  
Gmail Notifier. Harmless if you knowingly installed, maybe harmful if you didn't for reasons stated above. Does NOT consume cpu power and very little memory. Polls Gmail server once every 5 to 15 minutes (when you log it into your gmail account).
  Crash  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of gnotify.exe: based on 23 votes with 17 user comments. 20 users think gnotify.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks gnotify.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.


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Best practices for resolving gnotify issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with gnotify. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the gnotify.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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