Is googletoolbar_32.dll safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of googletoolbar_32.dll:









File purpose and description:

GoogleToolbar_32.dll is a program that most likely was installed by you. This program is a browser helper object, known as BHO, and it comes with the Google toolbar installation. The actual hard drive location is also shown below. If you have this then this is running everytime you open Internet Explorer, it does various things like add a free popup blocker and google search directly on your browser toolbar. (Note that you can view all BHO and startup programs running on your computer by running a software program like Complete Cleanup). This GoogleToolbar_32.dll file is most often found on IE but now has versions for Firefox also. This file is safe and is not considered virus or spyware related. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)
googletoolbar_32.dll

File type:
This is a DLL program.

File or folder location:
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Toolbar\GoogleToolbar_32.dll is where this is found on your disk.


General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, googletoolbar_32.dll may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of googletoolbar_32.dll on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!