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What is GoogleCrashHandler.exe?

The genuine GoogleCrashHandler.exe file is a software component of Google Updater by Google.
GoogleCrashHandler.exe is an executable file that belongs to Google Updater, a package management system that downloads, installs, removes and automatically updates Google applications. This file sends crash reports back to Google for analysis. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Google Updater was distributed as a part of Google Pack, a suite of software programs created by Google. It was distributed as a single downloadable archive since 2006 and was available till September 2011. Google Updater is no longer a supported application and uninstallation is recommended. Google was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Ph.D. students at Stanford. Google has since grown into one of the biggest companies in the world, offering hundreds of services, including webmail (Gmail), cloud storage (Google Drive), office software (Google Docs) and social networking services (Google+). Alexa, which provides web traffic data, lists Google as the world's most visited website. Its popularity has led to huge media coverage, including a major critique of the company over copyright, censorship, and privacy issues. Google is headquartered in Googleplex, Mountain View, California, USA.

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 GoogleCrashHandler.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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GoogleCrashHandler.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with GoogleCrashHandler
GoogleCrashHandler.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Google Crash Handler or Google Installer belongs to software Google Update or IBM Software Package Installer by Google (toolbar.google.com).

Description: GoogleCrashHandler.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. GoogleCrashHandler.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 230,792 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 232,264 bytes and 19 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/googlecrashhandler.exe.html 
The program has no visible window. It is certified by a trustworthy company. GoogleCrashHandler.exe is not a Windows core file. GoogleCrashHandler.exe is able to manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 31% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to uninstall the software Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer or IBM Software Package Installer using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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If GoogleCrashHandler.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 34% dangerous. The file size is 140,952 bytes (21% of all occurrences), 180,648 bytes and 17 more variants. The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. GoogleCrashHandler.exe is not a Windows core file.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to do the following:
  • look for help on the www.poweroffer.net website
  • check the vendor’s website for a newer version
  • uninstall the software PowerOffer or Google Inc using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as GoogleCrashHandler.exe. Therefore, you should check the GoogleCrashHandler.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

GoogleCrashHandler.exe runs continuously on your computer if you've selected to send anonymous usage statistics and crash reports to Google for certain Google software, like Google Chrome. It helps send crash details to Google when your Google software unexpectedly shuts down. We use this data to help determine how to prevent these errors from happening in the future.
    (further information)
a Google application
  povl   (further information)
part of Google Updater
  asdf   (further information)
part of Google updater
  mee   (further information)
Got it along with Google Chrome
  przecinek  
GoogleCrashHandler.exe runs continuously on your computer if you’ve selected to send anonymous usage statistics and crash reports to Google for certain Google software, like Google Chrome. It helps send crash details to Google when your Google software unexpectedly shuts down. We use this data to help determine how to prevent these errors from happening in the future.
  meetoo   (further information)
How to I completely uninstall GoogleCrashHandler.exe, see the link
  Joshua   (further information)
questionable piece of software. i dont have any google software installed (no browser/toolbar/earth/etc.) yet i still had this in my taskmanager one day..
  Patrik  
unauthorized install on my computer. should be illegal
  Bob Smith  
Start Control Panel Add or Remove ... didn't show Googlecrash handler, so used Find and deleted the files. Gone from Task Manager, no issues in five days.
   
Didn't install any google app's. Definately isn't a virus in my case, though. Google's forced updates should be illegal for sure ;)
  a nawn ae moose  
Analyzes crash data for Chrome so Google can prevent future occurrences. This is not an essential program.
  Adam  
It devour a big chunk of my laptop memory
  Raymond  
It slows down my system, (Win 7)
  Peter  
Googlecrashhandler is 100% to the benefit of google to send a whole bunch of info about you to them. What is your benefit ? A waste of computing power and bandwidth as it runs all the time in your tasks, even if you have nothing of Google running. Remove it is the best you can do.
  John Smith  
its running on my system.. I dont have any google software installed on my system and I never did.
  ak  
If I have no Google software installed on my system, or I've UNINSTALLED any Google software, IT SHOULDN'T BE THERE!!! Corporate malware. :(
  Roman  
As it only reports crash of google software, it makes no sense it could make anything wrong. Yet, it's not even required for google applications to work.
  Kulsius  
Does not do anything. I get no error's or crashes from this file and no Anti-Virus programs detect it as Malicious. Should be ok to keep.
  Charles  
It's spyware that is installed without your permission. Supposedly, it's there because Google uses the data to prevent crashing, when in fact the data is used maliciously. Removing it is a must.
  John Doe  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of GoogleCrashHandler.exe: based on 22 votes with 20 user comments. 4 users think GoogleCrashHandler.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 10 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 6 users think GoogleCrashHandler.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade GoogleCrashHandler.exe ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving GoogleCrashHandler issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with GoogleCrashHandler. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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 GoogleCrashHandler.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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