What is GoogleQuickSearchBox.exe?

The genuine GoogleQuickSearchBox.exe file is a software component of Google Quick Search Box by Google.
GoogleQuickSearchBox.exe is an executable file that runs the Google Quick Search Box, an application launcher and desktop search tool created for the Macintosh operating system. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Google Quick Search Box is an open source software that was initially launched in 2009. It is similar to Google Desktop but is less resource-intensive yet provides more functionality. Quick Search Box also integrates with Google Documents and Picasa, provides results for simple calculations, functions as a dictionary, and keeps track of browser bookmarks. 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.

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 GoogleQuickSearchBox.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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GoogleQuickSearchBox.exe file information

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

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

Description: GoogleQuickSearchBox.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. GoogleQuickSearchBox.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 126,976 bytes (34% of all occurrences), 122,368 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The GoogleQuickSearchBox.exe file is not a Windows core file. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with GoogleQuickSearchBox.exe, you may want to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Google-Schnellsuchfeld or Google Quick Search Box (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

is part of Google Quick Search Box feature of the Google Toolbar enabled. The Google Quick Search Box is effectively a Quick Launch Bar-like item which sits on the Taskbar and which enables the user to start searches directly from the Taskbar. You can search the Internet, or start a program by typing the first few letters of the program, e.g. "wor" for Microsoft Word, or you can search for files on your hard disk. You call up the Google Quick Search Box by hitting the Ctrl key twice.
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Summary: Average user rating of GoogleQuickSearchBox.exe: based on 2 votes with 1 user comment. One user thinks GoogleQuickSearchBox.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving GoogleQuickSearchBox issues

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