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Should I remove Google Gears?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
10% remove it90% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8,089
United States Rank #6,262
Reach 0.0501%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 36.27 days
1069.94 days >
Average installed length: 562.17 days


0.9.9999 0.20%
0.5.3700 0.30%
0.5.3600 98.18%
0.5.3300 0.30%
0.5.3200 0.10%
0.5.3000 0.30%
0.5.1900 0.10%
0.5.402 0.10%
0.4.2400 0.10%
0.3.2403 0.20% 0.10%

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Google Gears

What is Google Gears?

Google Gears was software offered by Google that "enables more powerful web applications, by adding new features to the web browser. It allows some online files to be used offline". A Geolocation module, which lets web applications detect the geographical location of their users. A Database module (powered by SQLite), which can store data locally. A LocalServer module, which caches and serves application resources (HTML, JavaScript, images, etc.). A Desktop module, which lets web applications interact more naturally with the desktop.


The most common release is 0.5.3600, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The primary executable is named gears.dll. The setup package generally installs about 12 files and is usually about 1.47 MB (1,538,048 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: developers.google.com/gears
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\google\google gears\firefox\chrome\chromefiles\content
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{2FA41EBB-3F5A-35C3-85D6-51EC72A11FBD}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.47 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Google Gears

Program module:gears.dll
Name:Google Gears
These are the Gears that power the tubes! :-)
Path:C:\Program Files\google\google gears\firefox\lib\ff2\gears.dll
Additional files:
  • gears_ff2.dll
  • crash_sender.exe
  • vista_broker.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • gears.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Google Gears Helper' with the class of {E0FEFE40-FBF9-42AE-BA58-794CA7E3FB53}.
Internet Explorer Extension
  • gears.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension using the class {09C04DA7-5B76-4EBC-BBEE-B25EAC5965F5}.

How do I remove Google Gears?

You can uninstall Google Gears 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 Gears, 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 Gears.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Google Gears you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win Vista 1%
Uninstall it 10%
Keep it 90%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 52.28%
Windows Vista 27.05%
Windows XP 16.82%
Windows 10 3.85%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 32.86%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 21.43%
Microsoft Windows XP 16.53%
Windows 7 Professional 9.39%
Windows 7 Ultimate 7.04%
Windows Vista Home Basic 2.86%

Distribution by countryGeography

59.23% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 59.23%
  United Kingdom 4.77%
  Germany 4.08%
  Canada 3.69%
  France 3.15%
  Netherlands 2.31%
  Israel 1.85%
  Japan 1.85%
  Spain 1.77%
  Italy 1.38%
  Australia 1.15%
  Sweden 1.15%
  Belgium 1.08%
  Taiwan 0.92%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 32.17%
Hewlett-Packard 28.69%
Toshiba 12.11%
Acer 11.28%
American Megatrends 2.82%
Intel 1.99%
Samsung 1.49%
Lenovo 1.49%
Sahara 1.16%
ASUS 1.00%
Medion 0.83%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.40%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.40%
Dell Inspiron 1545 3.77%
Dell Inspiron 530 3.46%
HP G60 Notebook PC 3.14%
HP Pavilion dv6700 Notebo... 2.52%

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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