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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 Google Update Service or Google Update Service (gupdate)

belongs to software Google Update or Google Update Service (gupdate) or Google Update Service (gupdatem) or Google or Google Update Service (gupdate1c9d97449a805a9) or PoserContent2012 or Google Update Service (gupdate1c963ca7808cd9a) or Dimension Pro Free Expansion

by Google (toolbar.google.com).

Description: GoogleUpdate.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. GoogleUpdate.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 133,104 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 136,176 bytes and 11 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/googleupdate.exe.html 
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 25% 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).

Recommended: Identify GoogleUpdate.exe related errors

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.

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User Comments

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
  ppp  
Official Spyware from Google. Sends your hardware and software information and internet usage history to Google.
  Tech1  
BKA Vierus
  Betroffener  
its the part of Google chrome that ms security essentiels keeps warning me about as trojan.win32.zbot.exe
  bob  
I've installed Google Earth Plugin for Firefox and here I can find "Google Update".
  HinzUndKunz  
Google Updater
   
Internet navigator google chrome
  Barkho  
windows pops up every 30 second with message " GoogleUpdate.exe-No disk, there is no disk in the drive.please insert a disk into drive\device\harddisk1\DR5." with option cancel, try again, continue and unless you click continue four or five times the pop up remians and again comes up after 20 or 30 second. even after formating c drive the problem remains
  m zhimo  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of GoogleUpdate.exe: based on 27 votes with 9 reviews. 3 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. 6 users suspect danger. 12 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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