What is googleearth.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 googleearth.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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Googleearth.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with googleearth
Googleearth.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Google Earth or Setup Launcher Unicode belongs to software Google Earth or Google Earth Pro by Google (

Description: Googleearth.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Googleearth.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 208,384 bytes (75% of all occurrences), 69,632 bytes, 149,504 bytes or 13,179,660 bytes. 
It is not a Windows core file. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 14% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with googleearth.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Google Earth or Google Earth Pro) or ask the developer, Google, for assistance.

Recommended: Identify googleearth.exe related errors

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

GoogleEarth (virtuelle Erdkugel, die dank Satelitenbildern ein heranzoomen auf mehrere Meter ermöglicht)
  Oliver Sahr   (further information)
googleearth.exe is 3D Earth map.
  Den   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of googleearth.exe: based on 5 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks googleearth.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving googleearth issues

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

To help you analyze the googleearth.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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