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GoogleUpdate: Removing It From Vista

Sunday, October 19th, 2008 by | Filed Under: System Tune-Up Help

GoogleUpdate: Removing It From Vista

GoogleUpdate.exe is a small program that’s automatically installed with any Google product you download and use. GoogleUpdate comes bundled with Google Picasa, the Google desktop search and as of late, Google Chrome.

GoogleUpdate seems to be a hidden process, because it doesn’t always show up when you install a new Google application. GoogleUpdate.exe is a software component that acts as a meta-installer and an auto-updater for many downloadable Google applications, including the ones I mentioned above. In other words, it keeps all your Google programs up to date.

Above is a snapshot of the GoogleUpdate.exe running in the Task Manager. It automatically runs in the background, it connects to Google servers, it uses system resources all the time, as well as, downloads and installs the needed updates. It also reports some data usage to the Google servers, which includes version numbers, language, operating systems, etc. Because of all that, you may want to consider stopping the GoogleUpdate.exe from running on your computer. But let’s learn more about it first!

Why should you stop the GoogleUpdate.exe?

Well, basically because it downloads the updates even when you don’t need them and it also consumes part of your Internet bandwidth, without asking your permission. So, let’s see how you can remove GoogleUpdate.exe from your computer! GoogleUpdate.exe adds itself to the Windows scheduler, but it doesn’t add itself to the system startup. Therefore, you can’t really remove it using the “msconfig” command.

So, to remove the GoogleUpdate.exe from your Windows Vista computer, simply follow these directions:

1.) Go to Start, Control Panel.

2.) Click on Administrative Tools, then Task Scheduler.

3.) Next, click on Task Scheduler Library and locate GoogleUpdateTaskUser.exe.

4.) Right click on that and select Disable.

5.) That’s it. You’re done. GoogleUpdate.exe is now history!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami

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