What is googledrivesync.exe?

The genuine googledrivesync.exe file is a software component of Google Drive by Google.
Googledrivesync.exe is an executable file that belongs to the Google Drive client. Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service offered by Google. This file runs the synchronization tool that syncs files between an online Google Drive account and a Google Drive folder located on the desktop. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Google Drive was launched on April 24, 2012 as part of Google's drive towards cloud storage. The Google Drive client is supported on the Windows, Android and Macintosh platforms. The service will also be tightly integrated into the new Chrome OS operating system. Files stored on Google Drive are kept private unless the user decides to share them publicly, in which case they can be searched for online using search engines. 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.

GoogleDriveSync stands for Google Drive Syncronizer

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 googledrivesync.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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Googledrivesync.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with googledrivesync
Googledrivesync.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Google Drive belongs to software Google Drive by Google (

Description: Googledrivesync.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Googledrivesync.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 13,179,660 bytes (98% of all occurrences) or 11,396,840 bytes. 
The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows system file. Googledrivesync.exe is a Verisign signed file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program has no visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can ask for help from Support, make sure that you have installed the latest version or remove the entire program Google Drive using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify googledrivesync.exe related errors

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

runs to sync files between your Google Drive account and the Google Drive folder in your desktop

Summary: Average user rating of googledrivesync.exe: based on 3 votes with 1 user comment. One user thinks googledrivesync.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving googledrivesync issues

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