What is GoogleUpdate.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the GoogleUpdate.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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GoogleUpdate.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with GoogleUpdate
GoogleUpdate.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Google Installer or Google Update or globalUpdate Update or Inštalacný program Google or Google Update Service or Google Update Service (gupdate)

belongs to software Google Update or Google Update Service (gupdate) or globalUpdate Update or Google Update Service (gupdatem) or Google or WorldWideCoupon or Google Update Service (gupdate1c9d97449a805a9) or globalUpdate

by Google ( or globalUpdate.

Description: GoogleUpdate.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. GoogleUpdate.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the "My Files" folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 133,104 bytes (29% of all occurrences), 116,648 bytes and 14 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. The GoogleUpdate.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
The developer Google provides a website for help [1][2] and for updates [1][2]. There is also an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ Google Chrome or Google Earth).

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name GoogleUpdate.exe, for example TROJ_GEN.F4AC3IJ or TROJ_DLOAD.BF (detected by TrendMicro), and Trojan.Gen or W32.Sality.AE (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the GoogleUpdate.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

I searched at the internett and it said it was a virus. I have an infection and i have the googleupdate.exe process running in the background. Also i dont have any like.. Google apps except for chrome , so why did it install a process to update something at the browser??? --- I --- think this is a malware. GoogleUpdate.exe
Before you remove GoogleUpdater.exe you have to stop the process in Task Manager when this is done you can disable and delete it with the free software(no install needed) StartUp Control Panel. By the way, Security Task Manager is very good also and easy to use.
  Fernand (Belgium)  
Googleupdate.exe is more than just tracking you're usage although it says its from Google I don't believe it is. Norton says its blocked it yet it bypases this block. What do I mean does more than track what you do? For me it opens up 1-3 webpages that I cant see and performs random searches that I have to end the process from services to remove until I open IE again. If you get it you're best chance of permantly removing it is going to C:\Users\(your user name)\AppData\Roaming\FrameworkUpdate7 and deleting it from there then open you're recycle bin and permenantly delete it. Hope this help people with same issue! (Btw random pages are commonly adds use task manager to see what its browsing if you here random adds playing from your pc you most likely have it!) C:\Users\(your user name)\AppData\Roaming\FrameworkUpdate7
This is crashing my firefox, I have disabled the program in msconfig startup and my firefox is just running fine. Even the system which was frequently giving "not responding" error have reduced/stopped.
Official google updater
It comes with Google Chrome. It updates it to the latest version. But it captures everything that you do on your computer and send it to Google like "feedback". Uninstall Google Chrome. Only Firefox is good
Official Spyware from Google. Sends your hardware and software information and internet usage history to Google.
BKA Vierus
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of GoogleUpdate.exe: based on 32 votes with 9 reviews. 4 users think GoogleUpdate.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 8 users suspect danger. 14 users think GoogleUpdate.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving GoogleUpdate issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with GoogleUpdate. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the GoogleUpdate.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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