What is GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe?

The genuine GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe file is a software component of Google Desktop by Google.
GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe is an executable file that runs the Google Desktop Crawler, a process that indexes files for Google Desktop, an application with search capabilities to quickly find email messages, computer files such as music, photos and documents, and Internet history. The Google Desktop interface also displays plugins known as "Google Gadgets" in a sidebar on the desktop. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Google Desktop was first released on October 14, 2004 and offered users interactive mini-applications conveniently located on the desktop that showed new email, weather, photos, and personalized news. Extra plugins could also be downloaded from the official website. Google Desktop was, however, discontinued in 2011 as a result of a global shift from local to cloud-based storage, as well as new operating systems providing greater search capabilities rendering the application obsolete. 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.

GoogleDesktopCrawl stands for Google Desktop Crawler

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 GoogleDesktopCrawl.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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GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe file information

The process known as Google Desktop belongs to software Google Desktop Search or Google Desktop by Google (

Description: GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 129,536 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 195,584 bytes, 243,712 bytes, 195,072 bytes or 73,216 bytes. 
The program is not visible. GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe is not a Windows core file. There is no description of the program. GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the GoogleDesktopCrawl.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.


User Comments

something appear on ma screen saying that googledesktopcrawl.exe has stopped working
Google desktop search
win 32 Troian
  coyac nicolae  
It takes 99% of my CPU's ressources too and I sent 2 mails to google about that but they haven't answer yet...
It´s the indexation part of google Desktop. It´s not dangerous but... he consumes 90-98% CPU´s memory and turns your others processes very... but very slow
it is trying to connect to ip:
Slows desktop to a crawl. Aptly named.
I have a screen popping up that looks fishy, asking for my .Net passport signon. I traced it back to this program as the running process associated with the window. The screen looks like a hoax to me. I'm deleting it., and getting information from Google on the proper file size, etc from this process.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe: based on 27 votes with 9 reviews. 15 users think GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving GoogleDesktopCrawl issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with GoogleDesktopCrawl. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the GoogleDesktopCrawl.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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