I have my computer back: Goodbye Google Desktop

I installed the Google Desktop for Mac Beta a few weeks ago. My computer has dragged ever since… really dragged… there was lag switching between apps and windows – and even lag typing sometimes! It took me a while to confidently pin point Google Desktop as the culprit, but in the end it was clear that the background processes were routinely taking up 50% or more of my processing power… to say nothing of the RAM, virtual memory, and harddrive space it consumed. I uninstalled it just now and all seems to be back to normal. I’m usually a fan of cool new Google apps, but this one gets an “F” grade from me this time out. An index is no good to me if it makes my computer frustrating to use. (And this was on my less than 1 year old MacBook with 2 GB of RAM and almost 4 GB of free harddrive space… I can’t imagine what it would do to most school computers.) In any case, I don’t recommend it.

7 Responses to “I have my computer back: Goodbye Google Desktop”

  1. Jess Says:

    Hey Mark,
    Do you use MailTags?

  2. A. Garcia Says:

    I ditched it for the very same reason.

  3. Lucy Gray Says:

    I’ve been running into huge lag problems with Safari and Firefox on my MacBookPro, and I thought Google Desktop might be the problem. I’ll try uninstalling and see what happens. It’s a shame because I found the tool to be pretty useful; I actually sort of preferred it to Spotlight. Thanks for the heads up, Mark!

  4. Mark Wagner Says:


    I’m just catching up on blog comments… but, no, I don’t use MailTags. I just checked it out though. I’ve been pretty happy with Mail’s search, especially when combined with smart mailboxes. What would you say is the best reason to use MailTags?

    In any case, thanks for your comment. :)


  5. Mark Wagner Says:

    I’m just catching up to say thanks for the comment, Andy. I’ve felt like I’ve had a brand new computer all month since ditching Google Desktop. Maybe in the next iteration… or on my next machine…


  6. Mark Wagner Says:

    I think I just called you Andy for no reason. I used to work with an Andy Garcia… but it seems I have no idea what your A. stands for. Sorry about that. :)


  7. Mark Wagner Says:

    Hey, Lucy. I’m just catching up on comments to say thanks… but also, did this solve your problem?