What is googletalkplugin.exe?

The genuine googletalkplugin.exe file is a software component of Google Talk by Google.
Googletalkplugin.exe is an executable file that belongs to Google Talk, an instant messaging service offered by Google. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Google Talk was initially released on August 24, 2005. From the very beginning, Google Talk was designed to be integrated into many Google services such as Gmail, Orkut, Google+, as well as numerous web browsers. In 2006, offline messaging was introduced into Google Talk. This allowed people to send messages to users who were offline or logged out. Once they signed into Google Talk, they would receive the messages. 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 googletalkplugin.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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Googletalkplugin.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with googletalkplugin
Googletalkplugin.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Google Talk Plugin or Hangouts Plugin belongs to software Google Talk Plugin by Google (

Description: Googletalkplugin.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The googletalkplugin.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 83,440 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 64,008 bytes, 101,192 bytes, 79,384 bytes or 161,336 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Googletalkplugin.exe is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. The file is not a Windows core file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with googletalkplugin.exe, you may also uninstall the software Google Talk Plugin using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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

i had the same problem too. I fixed it myself. happy to say that... :) the reason why even after repeated uninstalling and re installing, the problem popping up is because of registry of the error with respect to gtalkplugin still exists there in the system registry. I uninstalled the googletalkplugin with the help of CCleaner s/w. Then I went to registry by "regedit" mode. Then i checked each and every registry head under "software" & "mozilla" to find a registry with reference of "google talk" and deleted everythng. Afterwards I reinstalled the app and to my surprise it functions smooth
  Ganesh Krishnan  
bei mir wird das googletalkplugin ca 200 mal geƶffnet als prozess im taskmanager

Summary: Average user rating of googletalkplugin.exe: based on 4 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think googletalkplugin.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. One user thinks googletalkplugin.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving googletalkplugin issues

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