What is GoogleUpdateSetup.exe?

The genuine GoogleUpdateSetup.exe file is a software component of Google Updater by Google.
GoogleUpdateSetup.exe is an executable file that installs 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 GoogleUpdateSetup.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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GoogleUpdateSetup.exe file information

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

The process known as Google Update Setup belongs to software Google Update by Google (

Description: GoogleUpdateSetup.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The GoogleUpdateSetup.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 931,408 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 763,232 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is digitally signed. The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous.

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If GoogleUpdateSetup.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files, the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 819,184 bytes. The program is not visible. It is digitally signed. GoogleUpdateSetup.exe is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as GoogleUpdateSetup.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the GoogleUpdateSetup.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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Best practices for resolving GoogleUpdateSetup issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with GoogleUpdateSetup. 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 GoogleUpdateSetup.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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