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Startup program entry details:

Google Desktop Search (GoogleDesktop.exe)

This page expands upon the information already available for this entry in the Pacman's Portal Windows start-up programs database.

User's choice - depends whether a user deems it necessary

For further information on how to identify and disable startup programs please visit the Introduction page.


The Google Desktop utility integrated Google's search capabilities for files on the user's system and allowed users to include gadgets such as clocks, weather and meters in a sidebar on the user's desktop - like that included with Windows 7 and Vista. Now discontinued and no longer available

Startup information:

Registry (Start → Run → regedit)

MSConfig (Start → Run → msconfig → Startup)

Windows Defender (Start → All Programs → Windows Defender → Tools → Software Explorer)

Log examples:

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Google Desktop Search] "C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe" /startup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Google Desktop Search] "C:\Programme\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe" /startup
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Google Desktop Search] "C:\Arquivos de programas\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe" /startup
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Google Desktop Search] "C:\Programmi\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe" /startup

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