A definitive guide to How to Remove GoogleUpdate.exe. You might have often noticed GoogleUpdate.exe process running constantly in your task manager and wondered why it happens. As the name goes, its job is to keep all Google applications on your system running up to date. It is responsible for all those auto updates that your Chrome browser receives from time to time. If you want to get rid of it, then it is definitely not as simple as killing it in Task manager. There are several ways if you want to get rid of it completely.
Switch Chrome’s Version
The Chrome which one downloads from the official website is the one with a web installer. It’s a small utility which in turns downloads the complete Chrome browser. Googleupdate.exe becomes a part of this routine.
Not many people know but Google provides offline installers of Chrome as well. If you use them, GoogleUpdate.exe won’t get installed. So if you are only using Google Chrome and no other Google product, one way to get rid of GoogleUpdate.exe is to uninstall Chrome and install the offline installer version of Chrome.
Note: This also means you lose the ability of keeping Chrome auto updated. You will have to download and install again whenever a new version gets released.
Here are the links to install Chrome’s Offline version:
Now GoogleUpdate.exe is referenced at multiple places. It figures in the Windows Startup section, as a scheduled task and also is listed under Services. To remove it completely, one will have to remove it from everywhere.
Remove from Startup Section
1. If you are on Windows 8/8.1, then open Task manager. Or else Go to start menu>>Run and type msconfig and open it.
2. In Task manager switch to the startup Tab and scroll down to the Google Installer listing. Click the arrow to the left of the entry and you might see multiple entries of Google Installer and Google Crash Handler. Select the Google Installer entry and click Disable button at the bottom. If you are using msconfig, then switch to its Startup tab and select the Google Installer entry and remove the checkmark across it.
3. That should do it. GoogleUpdate won’t load on System startup from now on.
Remove from Scheduled Tasks
- Go to your Control panel >> System and Security >> Administrative Tools section and open Task Scheduler from there. If you are using Windows 7 or lower, then open it from Start Menu >> All Programs >> Accessories >> System Tools >> Task Scheduler.
- Under Task Scheduler Library, you might find multiple entries of GoogleUpdate depending on the number of users on your system or frequency its being run at.
- Select each entry and delete by using Delete link on the right.
Remove GoogleUpdate Service
- You need to open Command prompt in Administrator first. In Windows 8/8.1, press Windows + x key and select the option Command Prompt (Administrator) to open it. For Windows 7 and below, go to Start menu and type cmd in the search bar. And now press ‘Ctrl + Shift and Enter’ keys to open it in Administrator mode.
- You need to find the actual name of the service which you want to delete. To do that we need to open the Services window. In Windows 8/8.1, press Windows + x key and open Computer Management from there. Now go to the Services section under Services and Applications section in the resulting window. For Windows 7 or lower, go to start menu >> Run and type ‘services.msc’ to open the Services section.
- Locate the GoogleUpdate entries. Normally there would be two entries like Google Update Service (gupdate) and Google Update Service (gupdatem). Right click on both of them and select properties and copy the name mentioned as Service Name. In our case, it was gupdate and gupdatem.
- Switch to the command prompt and enter the following commands
sc delete gupdate
sc delete gupdatem
That’s it. Both the services have been permanently removed from the system.
Deleting the Files
This is the last step left. Its optional considering now you have taken steps to prevent them from running at all but you can never be sure.
Open the following directories
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Update
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update [on a 64 bit system]
C:\Program Files\Google\Update [on a 32 bit system]
And delete GoogleUpdate.exe file. You might want to make sure the process isn’t running in task manager at first.
That’s it. GoogleUpdate.exe is gone for good. If you think this tutorial on How to Remove GoogleUpdate.exe works then please share it.