What is googletoolbar.dll?

The genuine googletoolbar.dll file is a software component of Google Toolbar by Google.
GoogleToolbar.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that belongs to Google Toolbar, a browser addon for Internet Explorer and Firefox that provides a search box powered by Google Search and various other tools. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that adds program functionality to Microsoft's Internet Explorer and other Internet browsers. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. The Google Toolbar is a browser addon that integrates the Google search engine directly into non-Google browsers to make searching faster and easier. The toolbar comes integrated with Google+ functionality making it easy to share things directly from the toolbar. The toolbar can also translate pages with a single click, bookmark websites, find specific words in a page, highlight search terms and more. 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.

GoogleToolbar stands for Google IE Client Toolbar

Googletoolbar.dll is a browser extension for Internet Explorer. This add-on enables several additional functions for Internet Explorer. You can disable it through the Extras menu (key combination Alt + X) under Manage Add-ons. The following paragraph provides more information about Google Toolbar.

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Googletoolbar.dll file information

The process known as Google Toolbar or Google IE Client Toolbar or Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer belongs to software Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer or Google Toolbar for IE or My Book Device Driver or Macromedia Shockwave Player by Google (

Description: Googletoolbar.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The googletoolbar.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 251,504 bytes (70% of all occurrences), 259,696 bytes and 4 more variants. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7. The program is not visible. The file is able to monitor web browsers. Googletoolbar.dll is not a Windows core file. The service has no detailed description. Googletoolbar.dll is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. There is no information about the author of the file. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with googletoolbar.dll, you can ask the developer,, for support or uninstall Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer or MAGIX MP3 Maker 11 from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as googletoolbar.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Virus:Win32/Ramnit.I (detected by Microsoft), and PE_RAMNIT.DEN (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the googletoolbar.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Google Toolbar has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

is the google toolbar...
  coke   (further information)
Company name Google Inc, Description Google tool bar for internet explorer
Should be related to Google Toolbar
it's from google and i don't think it is dangerous
  diego   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of googletoolbar.dll: based on 9 votes with 4 user comments. 6 users think googletoolbar.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users don't grade googletoolbar.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving googletoolbar issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active googletoolbar process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the googletoolbar.dll 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 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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