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   This is a valid program but it is not required to run on startup.

This program is not required to start automatically as you can run it when you need to. It is advised that you disable this program so that it does not take up necessary resources. The following information is a brief description of what is known about this file. If you require further assistance for this file, feel free to ask about in the forums.
Name: swg
Filename: GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
Command: C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\1.2.908.5008\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe

Description:

Added by the Google ToolBar for Internet Explorer. This program will notify you when you attempt to change the Internet Explorer search engine to something other than Google and asks if you would like to allow the change. This program, when run, will also connect to Google's servers and check for new updates to to the Google Notifier.

Even if you disable the Notification option using the instructions below, it will still load at startup. To remove this, you can actually delete the file, which we do not recommend, or disable the setting in the Toolbar settings and then removing the autorun entry. If you do not enable/disable that setting again the autorun entry will not come back.

Readme.txt file found in the GoogleToolbarNotifier directory states:

"GoogleToolbarNotifier is a companion to the Google Toolbar. This executable is necessary to enable the Search Settings Notifier feature of the Toolbar. This feature lets you keep Google as your default search engine and prevents this setting (and others as we add new features) from being changed without your consent.

To enable or disable this feature, please click the "Settings" button on your Toolbar and choose "Options." In the "More" section, check or un-check the box next to "Set and keep Search settings to Google." As long as this feature remains enabled, GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe will run silently in the background.
"

The path to this file will change based on the version of the Notifer.
File Location: C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\1.2.908.5008\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
Startup Type: This startup entry is started automatically from a Run, RunOnce, RunServices, or RunServicesOnce entry in the registry.
HijackThis Category: O4 Entry

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