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What is GoogleUpdate.exe?

The genuine GoogleUpdate.exe file is a software component of Google Updater by Google.
GoogleUpdate.exe is an executable file that runs the Google Updater, a package management system that downloads, installs, removes and automatically updates Google applications. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Google Updater was distributed as a part of Google Pack, a suite of software programs created by Google. It was distributed as a single downloadable archive since 2006 and was available till September 2011. Google Updater is no longer a supported application and uninstallation is recommended. Google was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Ph.D. students at Stanford. Google has since grown into one of the biggest companies in the world, offering hundreds of services, including webmail (Gmail), cloud storage (Google Drive), office software (Google Docs) and social networking services (Google+). Alexa, which provides web traffic data, lists Google as the world's most visited website. Its popularity has led to huge media coverage, including a major critique of the company over copyright, censorship, and privacy issues. Google is headquartered in Googleplex, Mountain View, California, USA.

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 globalUpdate Update or Google Update or Inštalacný program Google or Google Update Service or Google Update Services or Google Update Service (gupdate)

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

by Google (toolbar.google.com) or globalUpdate or Google lnc.

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 user's "Documents" folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 116,648 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 133,104 bytes and 17 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 28% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Google provides a website for help [1][2] and for updates [1][2]. There is also an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ Google Chrome or Google Earth).

Recommended: Identify GoogleUpdate.exe related errors

Important: Some malware also uses the file name GoogleUpdate.exe, for example Trojan.Win32.Buzus.fekj (detected by Kaspersky), and Artemis!6BAE39DA80DF (detected by McAfee). Therefore, you should check the GoogleUpdate.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Google Installer has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.

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User Comments

During one of its sneaky unapproved updates GoogleUpdate.exe wiped out all eighty or so of the important windows and tabs that I had set to reopen the next time I used Chrome. GoogleUpdate clobbered my history too so those tabs are lost forever. I've actually deleted GoogleUpdate several times in the past due to this problem however Google has been very clever at finding stealthy ways to reinstall the nasty little program. I finally configured Windows Firewall to block Google from silently screwing things up in that manner in case Google manages to sneak GoogleUpdate onto my computer again, which it probably will.
   
Eat memory & disturb processing task in my notebook with 2gb ram only.
  MJ  
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
  Computer_S  
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
  Jack4607  
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.
  friend  
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
  ppp  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of GoogleUpdate.exe: based on 35 votes with 9 reviews. 5 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. 10 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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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