How to remove the googledownload virus

Most antivirus programs identify googledownload.exe as malware—e.g. Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan.Win32.VB.yxt or Trojan-Downloader.Win32.VB.afxi, and McAfee identifies it as Artemis!E611EE28FFA7.

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Googledownload.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with googledownload
Googledownload.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Project4 or in or Project1 belongs to software Project1 or GD or Spy Sweeper by noOrg ( or SM Software (

Description: Googledownload.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Googledownload.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 143,360 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 53,248 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify googledownload.exe related errors

Important: You should check the googledownload.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

  Robert   (further information)
its good 98%

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of googledownload.exe: based on 6 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think googledownload.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks googledownload.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade googledownload.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving googledownload issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active googledownload process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the googledownload.exe 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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