What is GoogleDesktopIndex.exe?

The genuine GoogleDesktopIndex.exe file is a software component of Google Desktop by Google.
GoogleDesktopIndex.exe is an executable file that runs 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.

GoogleDesktopIndex stands for Google Desktop Indexing Module

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 GoogleDesktopIndex.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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GoogleDesktopIndex.exe file information

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

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

Description: GoogleDesktopIndex.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. GoogleDesktopIndex.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—e.g. C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 555,008 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 554,496 bytes and 11 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. There is no information about the author of the file. GoogleDesktopIndex.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 71% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can use the software publisher’s support, update the program or uninstall Google Desktop software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify GoogleDesktopIndex.exe related errors

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

100% safe :D
no prob's it is an toolbar of google
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delete the aleart
Google Desktop - Remote Exploitable
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if you want google desktop search you want this
Part of Google Desktop
Depending on who distributes it, they can earn a commission every time you use it to search. Shady and ill-conceived.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of GoogleDesktopIndex.exe: based on 35 votes with 9 reviews. 27 users think GoogleDesktopIndex.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks GoogleDesktopIndex.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 4 users don't grade GoogleDesktopIndex.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving GoogleDesktopIndex issues

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