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toolbar updater service.exe is consuming lots of cpu time. how do I stop / slow or get rid of it?


A. computer is slow. B. Windows Task Manager shows "ToolbarUpdaterService.exe frequently is consuming 99% of CPU time. Rumor has it this may be a Google thing.  ?What to do?

Additional System Details

This started when...

It's been going on for some time.

Installed Plug-ins

  • Google Update
  • MindSpark Toolbar Platform Plugin Stub for 32-bit Windows
  • Google Updater pluginhttp://pack.google.com/
  • 4.0.60831.0
  • RealNetworks(tm) RealPlayer Chrome Background Extension Plug-In
  • RealPlayer(tm) HTML5VideoShim Plug-In


  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:7.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/7.0.1

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Not sure this is only a FireFox thing. I've also used IE so I don't know where this come from.

Michael Verdi
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Try looking in the uninstall program control panel for ToolbarUpdaterService.exe - you may be able to uninstall it.

If that doesn't work, it may be one of your add-ons. In that case: First, go to the Firefox button > Help > Restart with add-ons disabled. If that fixes the problem it means one of your add-ons is the cause. See Troubleshoot extensions, themes and hardware acceleration issues to solve common Firefox problems for steps to figure out which one.

tmdnh 0 solutions 1 answers

Not in uninstall but I eliminated it by uninstalling the Yahoo Toolbar in uninstall

gaiusgracchus 0 solutions 2 answers

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For XP, look here: C:\Program Files\StartNow Toolbar

You should see the uninstaller for the toolbar:


Straw_Cat 0 solutions 1 answers

On my machine, toolbaruploader.exe is in the C:\Windows\prefetch folder, according to a search using the start/search route, and apparently was installed by a recent upgrade of the AVG Pro antivirus software. As an experiment, I just shut it down using task manager. So far, my machine hasn't crashed. :-)

The AVG added a bunch of irritating extras: So far I've deleted the Uniblue registry fixer thingy and would like to deep-six the AVG isearch toolbar.