Google Drive Backup & Sync causes slow folder and context menu opening in Windows 10

Recently I started having performance issues navigating around folders in Windows 10. Folders were often slow to open and the context menu would often take 1-2 seconds to display.

Using the program ShellExView, I started disabling Context Menu type extensions to try and find one causing the slow downs. Turns out the culprit is the Google Backup & Sync (aka the new version of Google Drive) extension, named GDContextMenu. After disabling it performance is back to normal. Of course the downside of doing this is that you lose the context menu entries for accessing Google Drive functionality.

Hopefully Google releases a fix for this issue.

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2 Comments


  1. Call me Bob

    March 6, 2021 at 6:02 am

    4 years in… still not fixed. Just found out like you that it was the *GDContextMenu Class* shell extension slowing down the extension menu on folders, at least it was folders only for me.

    Google, please…

  2. You Can Call Me Al

    May 21, 2021 at 12:33 am

    This is an annoying bug because right-clicking on anything on a network share will update the item’s “modified” date even though nothing is changed on the file. This is annoying because files will not sort properly since every file or folder that is right-clicked on that is on a network share will contain an erroneous modification date.

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