What is GoogleDesktopIE.dll?

The genuine GoogleDesktopIE.dll file is a software component of Google Desktop by Google.
GoogleDesktopIE.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) 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. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that adds program functionality to Microsoft's Internet Explorer and other Internet browsers. 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.

GoogleDesktopIE stands for Google Desktop Internet Explorer Module

GoogleDesktopIE.dll is a browser extension for Internet Explorer. This add-on enables several additional functions for Internet Explorer. You can disable it through the Extras menu (key combination Alt + X) under Manage Add-ons. The following paragraph provides more information about Google Desktop.

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GoogleDesktopIE.dll file information

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

Description: GoogleDesktopIE.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The GoogleDesktopIE.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (mainly C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 111,104 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 103,936 bytes and 5 more variants. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include 7c1ce531-09e9-4fc5-9803-1c2956615786. The program has no visible window. It is able to monitor web browsers. GoogleDesktopIE.dll is not a Windows system file. The service has no detailed description. GoogleDesktopIE.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can also do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as GoogleDesktopIE.dll. Therefore, you should check the GoogleDesktopIE.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Google Desktop has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Part of Google Desktop Search
File used by the Google Desktop Search application
A simple browser extension to hook the Google website, and to provide inter-connectivity between the Google Desktop client, and the actual live Google website.
  Fox   (further information)
Part of Google Desktop Search Tool
  Chuck   (further information)
Google Desktop Search
This process is for Google's New "Desktop Search" which allows quick searching of your computer for documents, AIM Chats and more.
  Bizzy B   (further information)
Part of Google Desktop search
  Adam   (further information)
It remains active/hidden when you uninstall Desktop Search
Google Desktop Search
Google Desktop Search very useful but ensure setting are to your preference
Comes with Google Desktop
It uses too much resources and does not uninstall. You are not notified when it is autoinstalled. That is malicious and a violation of privacy.
  Dana Rothrock  
Part of Google Desktop Search
Great Desktop Search
  Ganesh Chandra  
I dont have google desktop search. I use Yahoo's. Dont see why i would have this running
  Matt D  
Good Desktop Search

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Summary: Average user rating of GoogleDesktopIE.dll: based on 20 votes with 17 user comments. 11 users think GoogleDesktopIE.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks GoogleDesktopIE.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving GoogleDesktopIE issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active GoogleDesktopIE process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the GoogleDesktopIE.dll on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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