What is GoogleToolbar_32.dll?

GoogleToolbar_32.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_32.dll file information

The process known as Google Toolbar belongs to software Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer or Visual C (version 64-bit) by Google (

Description: GoogleToolbar_32.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file GoogleToolbar_32.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 192,144 bytes (21% of all occurrences), 194,504 bytes and 17 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. It is a Verisign signed file. The GoogleToolbar_32.dll file is able to monitor web browsers. The file has a digital signature. The service has no detailed description. GoogleToolbar_32.dll is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 49% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If problems with GoogleToolbar_32.dll come up, you can do the following:
  1) remove the entire program Google Toolbar for Internet using Windows Control Panel
  2) use the software publisher’s support
  3) update the program.

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If GoogleToolbar_32.dll is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 48% dangerous. The file size is 256,112 bytes. The program has no visible window. GoogleToolbar_32.dll is a Verisign signed file. It is able to monitor web browsers. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The service has no detailed description. It is not a Windows core file.

External information from Tony Klein:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as GoogleToolbar_32.dll, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the GoogleToolbar_32.dll 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.


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Summary: Average user rating of GoogleToolbar_32.dll: based on 23 votes with 2 user comments. 18 users think GoogleToolbar_32.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. 2 users think GoogleToolbar_32.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade GoogleToolbar_32.dll ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving GoogleToolbar_32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with GoogleToolbar_32. 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 GoogleToolbar_32.dll 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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