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Should I remove Google Talk?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
6% remove it94% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #850
United States Rank #970
Reach 0.8050%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 31.22 days
920.95 days >
Average installed length: 483.89 days

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Google Talk

What is Google Talk?

Google Talk is an instant messaging service that provides both text and voice communication. Google Talk is also the name of the client applications offered by Google to access the service. Google Talk is integrated into Gmail. Users can send instant messages to other Gmail users. As it works within a browser, the Google Talk client does not need to be downloaded to send instant messages to Gmail users. It is possible to place and receive phone calls from within gmail by using Google Talk.

About  (from Google Inc)

Google Talk, a downloadable chat application by Google. Since sometimes reading "lol" doesn't deliver the same punch as actually hearing your friend laugh at your jokes, you can now use voice and video capabilities in your Gmail, iGoogle and orkut chat. From within these services, you can have an actual conversation wi...  Read more


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. The primary executable is named googletalk.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 9 files and is usually about 3.71 MB (3,888,647 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.google.com/talk
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\google\google talk
Uninstaller: "C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\Google\Google Talk\uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 3.71 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Google Talk

Program executable:googletalk.exe
Name:Google Talk
Path:C:\Program Files\google\google talk\googletalk.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
Additional files:
  • uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • googletalk.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{A344A26C-EB0C-4F4B-A983-AD3636C5C73B}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • googletalk.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Google Talk.
Startup File (User Run)
  • googletalk.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'googletalk' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe" /autostart.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • googletalk.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Google - Talk' which loads as C:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • googletalk.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:15.61 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0023219638%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00131312%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00100885%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:7,376,267
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:397 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:590 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Google Talk?

You can uninstall Google Talk 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 Talk (remove only), 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 Talk.

Win 7 (SP1) 61%
Win XP (SP 1) 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 69.50%
Windows 10 16.19%
Windows XP 7.79%
Windows Vista 6.46%
Windows Server 2003 0.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 27.92%
Windows 7 Ultimate 20.93%
Windows 7 Professional 14.59%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.72%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.69%
Windows 8 Pro 3.02%

Distribution by countryGeography

45.97% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 45.97%
  India 10.59%
  Canada 3.15%
  United Arab Emirates 2.70%
  United Kingdom 2.55%
  France 2.32%
  Iran 2.22%
  Brazil 1.87%
  Italy 1.33%
  Germany 1.21%
  Spain 1.18%
  Saudi Arabia 1.10%
  Australia 0.99%
  Israel 0.98%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 29.83%
Hewlett-Packard 26.23%
Acer 13.08%
ASUS 6.97%
Toshiba 5.99%
Lenovo 4.47%
Samsung 3.17%
Intel 3.14%
American Megatrends 0.85%
Sahara 0.61%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.58%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.10%
Dell Inspiron N5010 4.87%
Dell Inspiron N5110 4.55%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.26%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.71%

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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