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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 Cricket belongs to software Google Talk or Pocket Mechanic or Cricket or Able2Extract or Dystopia by Google (toolbar.google.com).

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 8/7/XP are 3,739,648 bytes (52% of all occurrences), 3,293,184 bytes and 12 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/googletalk.exe.html 
Googletalk.exe is not a Windows system file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Googletalk.exe is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If there are any problems with googletalk.exe, you can remove the entire program Google Talk or Dystopia using Windows Control Panel.

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If googletalk.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 43% dangerous. The file size is 3,739,648 bytes. The file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). Googletalk.exe is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

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.

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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 cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.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: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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