What is gstatic.com [RESOLVED]

There is a lot of talk on the forums and online in general about what gstatic.com is and who own’s it. I have seen many posts online where people say this domain is hosting malware/viruses/spyware I hope to clear a few things up in the post regarding this domain.

There is a lot of fake websites that say this hosts viruses and gives details on how to remove them, please ignore those sites they are fake.

To start with this domain is owned and operated by Google – Domain data lookup here.

Google uses this domain to off-loaded static content (JavaScript code, images and CSS) to a different domain name in an effort to reduce bandwidth usage and increase network performance for the end user.

Content loaded from ssl.gstatic.com and www.gstatic.com do not use client-side tracking methods.

Known subdomains


Duncan is a technology professional with over 20 years experience of working in various IT roles. He also has a wide range of other skills in radio, electronics and telecommunications.

One thought on “What is gstatic.com [RESOLVED]

  1. Alex Schuilenburg

    “gstatic.com is a cookieless domain to deliver static content for Google. ” – that is not true. I recently did a cookie audit in lieu of the GDPR which comes into effect in May on one of the wordpress sites I operate and both CONSENT and NID cookies are being set when static content is loaded, as reported by Chrome (domain=.gstatic.com; path=/). The site uses Google Captcha (reCaptcha) and its use is clearly causing these cookies to be set.


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