What is GoogleUpdaterService.exe?

The genuine GoogleUpdaterService.exe file is a software component of Google Updater by Google.
GoogleUpdaterService.exe is an executable file that runs the background service for 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 GoogleUpdaterService.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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GoogleUpdaterService.exe file information

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

The process known as gusvc or Google Updater Service belongs to software Google Updater or Google Updater Service or Google Software Updater or TuneUp Utilities (version 2008) or Google Updater Service, Google Updater Service by Google (

Description: GoogleUpdaterService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file GoogleUpdaterService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 137,200 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 168,432 bytes and 10 more variants. 
The GoogleUpdaterService.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The program has no visible window. GoogleUpdaterService.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 21% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with GoogleUpdaterService.exe, you may want to ask Customer Support to assist you, check the vendor’s website for a newer version or remove the entire program Google Toolbar Updater using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as GoogleUpdaterService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the GoogleUpdaterService.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

Part of google updater service
gehört wohl zu dem update service für die google tools, jedoch bekam ich bei der installation einen bluescreen und firewall, sowie antivir warne aus und ich hatte keine berechtigungen mehr sie zu installieren, also ich persönlich mag den prozess nicht und finde ihn leicht unnütz, vorallem, weil ich google nicht traue...
  Raiden   (further information)
The Google Updater Service is a Windows service that updates Google software that users have chosen to install. It ensures users have the most current software available.
  Alex   (further information)
Despite disabling it in Scheduled Tasks, and using Autoruns to do the same, always turns itself back on. Any program that so clearly runs contrary to the users wishes must be classed as "dangerous." But it does not appear to be spyware.
Although the Google searching service is outstanding, they also have a bad record of intrusion and collusion. Therefore, anything and everything planted by Google should be suspect, most especially when it is an automatic service instead of being on-call only, and most especially if it was put on my machine without my knowledge.
  gen-X   (further information)
My computer was rebooting at odd times and just before the ERROR messages in my event log, there was gusvc as an event. I started deleting all google stuff to see if the problem stopped.

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Summary: Average user rating of GoogleUpdaterService.exe: based on 8 votes with 6 user comments. 2 users think GoogleUpdaterService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving GoogleUpdaterService issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with GoogleUpdaterService. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the GoogleUpdaterService.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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