Windows Tutorials - Herong's Tutorial Examples - Version 5.60, by Dr. Herong Yang

Removing GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe as a Startup Program

This section provides a tutorial example on how to remove GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe as a startup program from the Windows registry.

The next startup program to look at is the GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe. Of course, GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe was installed as a startup program when I installed Google Toolbar on my Windows system.

Based on the HijackThis report, Yahoo installed GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe as a startup program in the HKCU hive of the Windows registry:

O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [swg] C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier
                  \1.2.1128.5462\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe

When GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe is running, you will see no icon in the system tray, the right hand side of the taskbar. GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe is running quietly as a background process. I see it listed in on the Processes tab on Task Manager.

Do I need to run GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe as a startup program? I don't think so. I don't really know what this program is doing. So I am removing GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe as a startup program.

1. End the running process GoogleToolbarNotifier with Task Manager.

2. Run "regedit.exe" and local the registry key: "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run"

3. Export this "Run" registry key to a registry file: HKCU_Startup.reg as a backup.

4. Select the registry value "swg" and press Delete key to remove this value.

5. Restart the system. GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe is not in the startup program list anymore.

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 Introduction to Microsoft Windows

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 Spyware Adware Detection and Removal

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 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

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 Setting Up and Using Crossover Cable Network

 Home Network Gateway - DSL Modem/Wireless Router

 Windows Task Manager - The System Performance Tool

 "tasklist" Command Line Tool to List Process Information

 "msconfig" - System Configuration Tool

 Configuring and Managing System Services

 Windows Registry Key and Value Management Tools

Startup Programs Removal for Better System Performance

 System Extremely Slow - Bad Startup Programs

 Getting a List of Startup Programs Using HijackThis

 Startup Program Configuration - System Registry

 Startup Program Configuration - User Startup Folder

 Removing ApacheMonitor.exe as a Startup Program

 Removing BaiduX.exe as a Startup Program

 Removing OpenOffice quickstart.exe as a Startup Program

 Removing Microsoft Office OSA9.exe as a Startup Program

 Removing GoogleUpdater.exe as a Startup Program

 Removing NetZero exec.exe as a Startup Program

 Removing YahooMessenger.exe as a Startup Program

Removing GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe as a Startup Program

 Removing Java Update jusched.exe as a Startup Program

 Winsock - Windows Sockets API

 Java on Windows

 Glossary of Terms

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

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Removing GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe as a Startup Program - Updated in 2014, by Dr. Herong Yang