What is GoogleDesktopDisplay.exe?

The genuine GoogleDesktopDisplay.exe file is a software component of Google Desktop by Google.
GoogleDesktopDisplay.exe is an executable file that belongs to 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.

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 GoogleDesktopDisplay.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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GoogleDesktopDisplay.exe file information

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

The process known as GoogleDesktopDisplay.exe belongs to software Google Desktop or Google Desktop Search by unknown.

Description: GoogleDesktopDisplay.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. GoogleDesktopDisplay.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 415,744 bytes (90% of all occurrences), 901,632 bytes or 75,264 bytes. 
It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. There is no description of the program. GoogleDesktopDisplay.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 59% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall Google Desktop or Google Desktop Search, update it, or get help from the software vendor. Click on to update it, click on for support, or click on Google Desktop or Google Desktop Search in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs category) to uninstall it.

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

I believe it is also parto of Google Desktop.
  Lobo Schmidt  

Summary: Average user rating of GoogleDesktopDisplay.exe: based on 3 votes with 1 user comment. 2 users think GoogleDesktopDisplay.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving GoogleDesktopDisplay issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with GoogleDesktopDisplay. 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 GoogleDesktopDisplay.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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