What is googledrivesync.exe?

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 googledrivesync.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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Googledrivesync.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with googledrivesync
Googledrivesync.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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

Description: Googledrivesync.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Googledrivesync.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 13,179,660 bytes (96% of all occurrences) or 11,396,840 bytes. 
The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows system file. Googledrivesync.exe is a Verisign signed file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program has no visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
You can ask for help from Support, make sure that you have installed the latest version or remove the entire program Google Drive using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify googledrivesync.exe related errors

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

runs to sync files between your Google Drive account and the Google Drive folder in your desktop

Summary: Average user rating of googledrivesync.exe: based on 2 votes with 1 user comment. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving googledrivesync issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with googledrivesync. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 googledrivesync.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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