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#1 vicmax

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 03:25 PM

Ive got Google Desktop on my PC which i have had for a while, and im just wondering how much it uses in terms of system resources, would my PC run quicker without it.
Everytime i shut down my PC lately it brings up a box saying Google Desktop.exe is attempting to close, so i click end now to get rid of it.
Ive noticed in the startup list here at BC that GD is not needed to run, but how can it index stuff if it isnt running?

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 03:39 PM

You could stop it from installing at startup and see how much you miss it. I don't use it but there is probably an option in the tool section to do this. If not, you can block it from starting with several security programs such as WinPatrol, Spybot, and probably Windows Defender. You don't need it to use GMail or Google Search.
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Posted 18 September 2006 - 07:02 PM

Here is my 3 and 2/3rds cents take on Google Desktop, See the following link: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...st&p=322658

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 11:10 PM

IMO - it's worth what you paid for it! :thumbsup:
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Posted 18 September 2006 - 11:43 PM

To me I dont have any desire to have Google or anyone else poking around my system. To close for comfort you know?

Just my itty bitty 2 cents :thumbsup:
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Posted 19 September 2006 - 05:56 AM

Thank you for all of your replies guys. I guess i will be removing GD when i get home then.

One other question though, do you know if it uninstalls ok, you know whith it indexing stuff, or do i need a special programme to remove it fully?

Thanks again, much appreciated!
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Edited by vicmax, 19 September 2006 - 05:57 AM.


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Posted 19 September 2006 - 06:52 AM

Google seems to have it's own uninstaller. Not all programs do.
Start > Programs > Google Desktop > Uninstall Google Desktop
Afterwards, I'd look in add/remove as well. :thumbsup:
Some even go as far as to say uninstall from add/remove even if there is an uninstaller available.

Referenced Google FAQ's: http://desktop.google.com/about.html#uninstall

Just in case you run into trouble. As some users have:

I've tried, but I can't uninstall: http://desktop.google.com/support/bin/answ...amp;ctx=sibling

I've tried everything and I still can't uninstall: http://desktop.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=16963
[Please keep in mind if you do end up using the manual method, as linked to above.(Hopefully you won't need to)
be sure to backup your registry first.]

Something the Google brains fail to mention.

GoogleDesktopNetwork1.dll was not removed when I uninstalled: http://desktop.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=14124

Having never had Google Desktop, or researching it at all. I sure didn't realize
that there may be trouble uninstalling it. :flowers:

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Edited by Scarlett, 19 September 2006 - 07:17 AM.

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 10:03 AM

FWIW - whenever I install a program that I'm not sure I'll want to keep, I monitor the installation with Total Uninstall (a google for "last freeware version total uninstall" will find the freeware version). It tracks the changes to the registry and the file system - letting you completely remove any traces of the program from your system.

Most times you can even use it for an incomplete removal of a program by monitoring another installation of the program and then removing it.
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Posted 22 September 2006 - 10:22 AM

Great tip usasma!
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