Chrome user or not - watch out for GoogleUpdate.exe

Published 03 September 08 08:25 AM | rodtrent

To update Chrome, Google installs a startup app in the HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run key in the registry.

The program is called GoogleUpdate.exe and it seems to run periodically and of its own volition.  If you have Chrome installed, check your processes for this app running.

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The interesting thing is that if you uninstall Chrome (which I have gladly) GoogleUpdate.exe still runs in the list of processes (the screen shot above was taken AFTER I uninstalled Chrome).  The Chrome uninstall only took a couple seconds, which surprised me considering how long Chrome actually took to install.  Apparently, it didn’t really uninstall!

I’m currently scouring my computer to see what other remnants of Chrome were left behind.

So, what does Google want with my computer?  Sounds like Spyware to me.

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# Paladin said on September 3, 2008 11:16 AM:

Hey bonehead...  googleupdate does not specificly belong to Chrome, so it obviously would not uninstall along with Chrome.  www.file.net/.../googleupdate.exe.html

its no different than any other update process, like HP, Symantec, Windows, etc.   If you had the google toolbar or the like then it was there before you installed Chrome.

# rodtrent said on September 3, 2008 11:28 AM:

Hey, silly man.  I have never installed the Google toolbar or any other Google app on this computer prior to Chrome.  This computer was Google free until yesterday.  So, you would think that GoogleUpdate.exe would uninstall when I asked Chrome to uninstall, wouldn't you?  Shouldn't it at least, remove itself from the OS RUN key so that it no longer runs at startup?

# jsearles said on September 9, 2008 07:28 PM:

Hey Paladin, before you go calling people names like "bonehead" why don't you grow a set, and identify yourself someway instead of hiding behind some unidentifiable screen name.  Moron!

# capricornus said on September 26, 2008 03:30 AM:

Interesting, how politeness vanishes like a bad polish, once on the internet...

In Flemish/Dutch fora, I'm reporting the malbehaviour of GoogleUpdate.exe. I'm not a newbie nor a dummie, I fix pc's, but the situation that this .exe caused and still causes surpassed my knowlegde. It seems simple: from the moment that I trie to remove in one way or another GoogleUpdate.exe, a dialogue box appears, asking me to accept the .exe in the start-up-menu. If I click no, it reappears and keeps on reappearing until I say yes --> and I can start all over.

After trying everything, like msconfig and so, after a few hours of sweating and swearing, I went in safe mode in the register and removed everything that had to do with Google, I restarted, and yezzzzz, there it was again. Surprising. Anoying. Like a rootkit-something.

Perhaps we should call it GoogleKit ;-) ?

# treyze said on January 8, 2009 03:31 PM:

Google's take:

www.google.com/.../answer.py

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