Google Desktop using excessive CPU time

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Arcadie, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. Arcadie macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2008
    ok, well i bought my current imac in late 07, i have the 2.0 20" with 1GB ram (dont know why i have upgraded) anyway, it seemed my mac was getting slower over time and i didnt really think anything of it. Its my first mac and i figured it was just like a PC in that hardware wares out. But the problem with the slowness wasnt the mac, it was GOOGLE! i downloaded google desktop about 2 months after i got the mac and its been on ever since. I rarely ever used it, only when spotlight failed to do a good enough job. so i finally opened up activity monitor to look at my ram ussage (im thinking about upping) with all these apps open (FCP, PS, etc) and i notice my cpu is being 50% used. so i change to view all apps and it appears googledesktopdae and MDS (spotlight) were using 20-30% of my cpu! i finally got rid of it after reading a bunch of forums. Aparently even if you un install GD, its process googledeaktopdae still stays on your mac and runs...

    Anyway i dont know how much it has been using while i didnt even realize but in the last 45 minutes since i fully got it removed my computer has been a "screamer!"

    Does anyone else have this installed? is it using much of your CPU?

    BTW to fully remove it fallow these steps:

    1. Deleete the google desktop like you normally do any other program

    2: add these files to your trashcan:
    /Library/Google: delete entire folder

    /Library/Internet Plug-Ins: delete GoogleGadget.webplugin and GoogleOneClikPluginDeluxe.plugin

    /Library/LaunchAgents: delete

    /Library/LaunchDaemons: delete,, and

    3. Then STOP the fallowing processes:

    then you can permanently delete the google files.

    *Note that you must top the above processes BEFORE you empty your trashcan or else your mac wont let you permanently delete them.
  2. jackerin macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2008
    I will make sure not to "Goolge" my Mac, thanks for the tip.
  3. Arcadie thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2008
    heh, i thought it was a catchy title
  4. millar876 macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2004
    Kilmarnock, Scotland UK
    And there was me thinking that you'd done a google search and found out your mac was moonlighting as a drag dell in some seedy downtown lapdancing Internet cafe when you went to work/sleep. Don't ask, it's been a berry long and boring day.

    Thanks fir the tip though.

    And appzapper would probably do the same thing but with less involvment from the user
  5. 7031 macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2007
    BTW you said that you thought the hardware was wearing out like on PCs. Just to remind you, PCs don't become slow because the hardware wears out (well, it can, but in most cases it's not the reason). It's normally just due to bloat from adware, spyware, and other unwanted software.

    Welcome to the Mac side anyway, and thanks for the reminder. TBH I wouldn't touch Google Desktop with a 1 mile stick, after trying it on my PC. It just makes things unreasonably slow.
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Congrats, I gave you a new title that not only spells "Google" correctly but also makes sense. ;)

    I was pretty unhappy with Google Desktop in Linux as well, in very similar sorts of ways. FWIW....
  7. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I don't usually download any 3rd party softas to my computer, only if I REALLY need it, other cases I leave it.

    Don't download stuff you don't even need like google desktop
  8. MattsxB macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2007
    I like how this is about not googling your mac and there is a google ad at the bottom of the page... lol

  9. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Chrome is best!
  10. Basssplayer macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2009
    Doesn't the Google Desktop uninstall option work?
    Apple Menu>System Preferences>Google Desktop>Feedback>Uninstall Google Desktop

    It gives you the option to save the database, in case you want to re-install later.

    I found a report on another forum that Google Desktop can be a CPU hog if it finds files that it can't read; particularly corrupted ZIP files:- it keeps going back to try to read them.

    I find Spotlight SO slow (usually I can't even type a whole word before it hangs) that I'm torn between keeping Google Desktop and seeing my computer slowly grind to a halt, or never finding a lost document again!
  11. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
  12. rfruth macrumors regular


    Feb 5, 2007

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