What is googletalk.exe?

The genuine googletalk.exe file is a software component of Google Talk by Google.
Originally created to be an instant messaging platform, Google Talk provides voice calls and video chatting with their messaging service. This application runs as a background service and can be accessed from the system tray. When a user contacts you, an instant message alert will appear, either displaying the incoming message or requesting you to respond to a voice or video call. Released in 2005, Google Talk is now available for desktops, laptops, and mobile devices running a variety of operating systems. Google was founded in 1998 in Menlo Park, CA and is now one of the largest internet companies in the world.

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 googletalk.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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Googletalk.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with googletalk
Googletalk.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Google Talk or CIC - MMC controls for Taskpad belongs to software Google Talk or Adobe Photoshop (version CC 2014) or Microsoft Windows Operating System or Able2Extract by Google ( or Microsoft (

Description: Googletalk.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The googletalk.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,739,648 bytes (69% of all occurrences), 3,293,184 bytes, 3,289,088 bytes, 3,735,552 bytes or 507,904 bytes. 
Googletalk.exe is not a Windows system file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). Googletalk.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, connect to the Internet and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with googletalk.exe, you can remove the entire program Google Talk or Able2Extract using Windows Control Panel.

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If googletalk.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 50% dangerous. The file size is 3,739,648 bytes. The googletalk.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). Googletalk.exe is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with googletalk.exe, you can do the following:

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

google Instant messanger
  BoBjUh   (further information)
Is a file that is connected to the Google Messinger
  MRW   (further information)
Google Instant Messenger
  Sandeep Bhutani   (further information)
Instant Messenger program by Google
  Kevin   (further information)
there's an virus name googletalk.exe.. with gtalk icon or no icon at all.
  Min Naing  

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Summary: Average user rating of googletalk.exe: based on 6 votes with 5 user comments. 3 users think googletalk.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think googletalk.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving googletalk issues

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