Google Toolbar Enterprise Trojan Horse

Rob Mensching has called the Google Toolbar Enterprise edition nothing but a Trojan Horse.

Rob calls it this due to the fact that they state this on the home page for the Google Toolbar Beta for Enterprise

“Google Toolbar Beta for Enterprise enables IT administrators to give your employees the productivity features of the Google Toolbar. Using the Windows installer you can push the Google Toolbar Beta for Enterprise to any of your employees and configure preferences at the administrative level.?

Rob goes into exactly what is packaged in this so called MSI file from Google. It turns out that it is just the GoogleToolbarInstaller.exe file in a MSI wrapper created using the WiX Toolset.

That means the Google Toolbar Beta for Enterprise does not get all of the transaction guarantees and other administrative/repair features that a true Windows Installer package would provide.

If you are an administrator looking to deploy this package, don’t be surprised when you find that this MSI package doesn’t behave exactly like real Windows Installer packages. The Google Toolbar Beta for Enterprise MSI package is really just a “Trojan horse” carrying their custom installation system. I really wish Google had used the Windows Installer technology more appropriately.

Rob Mensching has worked in the setup domain at Microsoft for over seven years. He started as an intern on the Windows Installer then worked on Office XP and Office 2003 setup and now Windows Vista setup. Rob is also the project lead for the WiX toolset and blogs at

Author: netweb

#bbPress core committer, contributor & moderator, #WordPress, and #BuddyPress Build Tools component maintainer. You can find me on WordPress Slack as @netweb, Twitter as @netweb, GitHub as @ntwb.

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