Disable GoogleUpdate.exe for a Faster Running System
Article by George Norman
On 21 Oct 2008
Ever wondered why your system is sluggish even though you are not doing anything that demanding? The simple truth of the matter is that a computer will never just stand there doing nothing – even though you are. Some process will always be running in the background, and that takes its toll on a more modest configuration.

If you are a Google fan, then surely you have installed software programs such as Google Chrome, Google Earth, Google Maps, and so on. If you have, then you must know that all these programs run GoogleUpdate.exe in the background. So if you have taken the time to disable other updater programs, try not to forget about this one.

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The updater works by accessing the Internet “behind your back”; this is to say without asking for your permission. By installing a firewall, such as Zone Alarm for example, you can deny GoogleUpdate.exe access to the Internet. This is the simplest and most convenient method that you could use in order to make your system work more efficiently.

A more drastic measure would be to remove the updater completely. There are two main drawbacks related to this issue: 1. it is a more lengthy and complicated process (you have to access Registry Editor among other things); 2. you will no longer be able to update your Google software.

In order to remove GoogleUpdate.exe you have to follow these steps:
- Remove the Google Update Task by accessing the Control Panel and then clicking on the Scheduled Tasks icon.
- Access the Task Manager by pressing Alt+Ctrl+Del and end the process associated with Google.
- Delete GoogleUpdate.exe
- Access the Registry Editor and locate this subkey HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun
- Find “Google Update” and delete it.
- Restart.

Don't get me wrong, I am not against updating, I am just against running processes in the background that I don't know about. By disabling the auto-updater you get to choose when to run the update, and you won't be cursing your ISP because the web connection is sluggish, when in fact the updater is eating up your bandwidth.



Tags: Google, Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Chrome
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