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Should I remove Google Drive?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
Overall Sentiment
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #43
United States Rank #49
Reach 8.6919%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.16 days
358.66 days >
Average installed length: 188.45 days


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1.14.6059.644 8.27%
62 versions

Other programs by Google Inc

Google Drive

What is Google Drive?

Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service by Google. Google Drive is now the home of Google Docs, a suite of productivity applications, that offer collaborative editing on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more. For Google Drive to synchronize files on the user's computer in the cloud, the Google Drive client software must be running on the user's computer. The client will communicate with the Google Drive online, and ensure that files are synchronized in both locations.

About  (from Google Inc)

My Drive is the home for all your files. With Google Drive for your PC, you can sync files from your computer to My Drive. Google Drive is everywhere you are—on the web, in your home, at the office and on the go. So wherever you are, your stuff is just...there. Ready to go, ready to share. Your phone goes for a swim. Y...  Read more


The most common release is 1.14.6059.644, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named googledrivesync.exe. It also includes a system tray icon that is displayed in the notifications area while the program is running. The setup package generally installs about 15 files and is usually about 29.39 MB (30,820,352 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: drive.google.com
Help link: www.google.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\google\drive
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{14ECAABB-C8B9-4A09-92F7-CDF1A45B6DDE}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 29.39 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Google Drive

Program executable:googledrivesync.exe
Name:Google Drive
Path:C:\Program Files\google\drive\googledrivesync.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
(From the publisher) “Google Desktop will offer full text search over your email, computer files, chats, and the web pages you've viewed. By making your computer searchable, it puts your information easily within your reach and frees you from...”
Additional files:
  • contextmenu64.dll - Google Drive (Google Drive shell extension)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • contextmenu64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'GDContextMenu' with a class of {BB02B294-8425-42E5-983F-41A1FA970CD6}.
Scheduled Task
  • googledrivesync.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{7280C103-22D5-4BD8-909B-B903441EDFB3}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • googledrivesync.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 1.
Startup File (User Run)
  • googledrivesync.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'GoogleDriveSync' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Google\Drive\googledrivesync.exe" /autostart.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • googledrivesync.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'GoogleDriveSync' which loads as C:\Program Files\Google\Drive\googledrivesync.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • googledrivesync.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Google\Drive\googledrivesync.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:22.19 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001782370%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00009826%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00007998%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:392,735
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:2.6 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:5.29 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Google Drive?

You can uninstall Google Drive from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Google Drive, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Google Drive.

Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win 8.1 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 53.05%
Windows 10 39.57%
Windows Vista 3.70%
Windows XP 3.66%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 27.15%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.75%
Windows 8.1 11.15%
Windows 7 Professional 10.83%
Windows 10 Home 9.97%
Windows 10 Pro 4.66%

Distribution by countryGeography

49.03% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 49.03%
  United Kingdom 4.73%
  Italy 3.85%
  France 3.73%
  Germany 3.21%
  Canada 3.00%
  Brazil 2.90%
  Netherlands 1.96%
  Spain 1.73%
  Australia 1.59%
  India 1.42%
  Belgium 1.20%
  Taiwan 1.15%
  Sweden 1.03%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 24.46%
Dell 20.07%
Acer 15.21%
Toshiba 11.80%
ASUS 11.79%
Lenovo 5.77%
Samsung 4.34%
Intel 1.19%
MSI 0.65%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.92%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.92%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.83%
ASUS All Series 4.10%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.69%
TOSHIBA Satellite C55-A 2.54%

About Google Inc

Google provides Internet-based products and services such as advertising technologies, internet search, cloud computing, and software.
Publisher URL: www.google.com


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