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Feb 22

Stop Google Update Software

Google Update software is used to keep Google based applications up-to-date on your system. Google Update keeps track of downloaded softwares (Google Toolbar, Google Earth etc.) and as soon as there is download available, it downloads the update by default. If you are also getting tired of seeing GoogleUpdate.exe running in Windows Task Manager, you have several options.

  1. Uninstall Google Updater

    You can follow regular steps of uninstalling software on your windows. Start -> Control Panel -> Add Remove Programs you will see “Google Updater” listed in Add Remove Programs window and click on Remove. Although this is the cleanest method,it is not the permanent solution. Next time you would like to download a Google Software, Google Updater will be installed automatically and you will end up dealing with same crap.
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    With this step, you will uninstall Google Update Software.

  2. Remove Google Updater from Scheduled Tasks

    Although Google claims to be “angle” and “not being any devil”, it really acts like one when it comes to Desktop Software. They are very persistent to keep running Google Update, Google Notifier and other Google software applications in the background of every Windows user. You will see one example of it with Google Update. As soon as you install Google Update software, it adds itself to Scheduled Tasks and unless you are a pro user of some kind, you will not realize this. You can check more details of this argument on “Why Google’s Software Update Tool is Evil“.

    Here are a few reasons why an always-active daemon (software speak for a tiny app that runs in the background) for handling software updates is a bad idea:

    1. It opens up an always-on tunnel to Google. While Google may be confident its update servers will never be compromised, how confident are you? If a third party gains control of that server, it can inject nearly any code it wants into your machine.
    2. It’s always on, always looking for update. On an expensive, pay-by-the-megabyte EVDO network? Google Updater doesn’t care and will suck down any available updates without asking, costing you money.
    3. Google updates Google Earth or Picasa or Gtalk, but the update ends up having a bug that wipes data from your drive. Sorry, too late — the auto-updater already grabbed the latest version without asking. Kiss your data goodbye.
    4. Administering a large network that needs to be locked down and tightly controlled? Cross Google software off your list. All the above problems apply, but they’re cascaded across your network for added headaches.

    In order to remove Google Update keep running in the background, you can go under Scheduled Tasks by; Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> Systems Tools -> Scheduled Tasks

    You should remove all Google Update tasks on this window.

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