How to Remove Annoying GoogleUpdate.exe Background Process After Installing Google Chrome in Windows?

We all know about "Chrome" web browser released by Google. Its very fast and very light on resources. But lots of Chrome users are facing an annoying problem.

If you have installed Chrome, you might have noticed that a new process "GoogleUpdate.exe" runs in background. You can check it using Task Manager:


Even if you End Task of this process, it automatically comes back after a few minutes or when you launch Chrome next time.

Actually this standalone exe file is used by Google Chrome to check for new version updates. If it finds any update available, it downloads and installs it. But its very annoying because it never asks before downloading or installing the updates and runs in background for all the time.

If you are also among all those people who want to get rid of this annoying exe file, then follow this tutorial and you'll get rid of this file forever. This process will disable auto-update feature of Google Chrome:


The most easiest way is disallow "GoogleUpdate.exe" service to access Internet using your Firewall program. You can create a new rule in your Firewall settings to block this EXE file.


If you don't use any firewall or don't want to use the 1st method, then you can use following steps to permanently remove the "GoogleUpdate.exe" file from your system but remember that after removing the file you'll no longer be able to update the Chrome web browser using its built-in update function. You'll need to manually download the new version.


First disable "GoogleUpdate.exe" from system startup. Type msconfig in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It'll open "System Configuration" window. Now go to "Startup" tab and uncheck "GoogleUpdate" from the list.


Apply the changes and restart your system.

PS: You can also use Registry Editor or any other 3rd party utility such as CCleaner to remove startup entry. Windows Defender can also do the job.


Now we'll need to remove the scheduled task created for GoogleUpdate.exe from our system. Open "Scheduled Tasks" or "Task Scheduler" from Control Panel or Programs menu. You can also launch it by using "taskschd.msc" command in RUN dialog box or by opening "%windir%\Tasks" folder.

Now look for the "GoogleUpdateTaskUser" task and delete it.

Windows XP:


Windows Vista and later:


You can also disable the task instead of deleting it.



Now the last step! We'll need to remove the "GoogleUpdate.exe" file permanently so that it doesn't add its entry again in startup.

Go to following folder (Copy and paste the folder path in RUN dialog box and press Enter):

Windows XP:
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Update

Windows Vista and later:

In the above mentioned folder, you'll find the "GoogleUpdate.exe" file. Just delete the file.

PS: If you can't find "GoogleUpdate.exe" file in above mentioned folders, try to look the file in following folders:

32-bit (x86) Windows editions:
C:\Program Files\Google\Update\

64-bit (x64) Windows editions:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update\

If you find any difficulties in deleting the file, make sure GoogleUpdate.exe is not running in background, if its running then End Task of it using Task Manager and then try to delete it again. You can also use Unlocker to delete the file.

That's it. Now you'll no longer see "GoogleUpdate.exe" file in background process list.

You can also download and install the Offline installer of Google Chrome which doesn't include the "GoogleUpdate.exe" file:

Official Link to Download Google Chrome Standalone Offline Installer

Or you can use the Portable version of Google Chrome which doesn't need to be installed:

Download Portable Version of Google Chrome for USB Drives, No Need to Install

Also Check:

[Tip] How to Disable or Block Auto-Update Feature in Opera Web Browser


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  • "Do onto others as you want them to do onto you."
    GOOGLE.... allow US to put files on your PC's that at every boot-up, semi freezes your PC, updates without asking, runs MULTIPLE instances and is not removed upon uninstall.
    Maybe,... I said MAYBE THEN you will understand our complaints.
    BUT I DOUBT IT ! ! !

  • "IF" it must be running at start-up, why not preset googleupdate.exe priority at LOW. At least it can update but NOT interfere with peoples PC use.
    Try using a LITTLE common sense! Your users will/could be happier.

  • I would have no objection to googleupdate.exe if I could turn it on and off just like Microsoft update.
    ( note currently in 2013 google or one of its affiliated products injects a "google update plugin" into your firefox browser. )

    googleupdate.exe is ...
    - software that injects code into my firefox browser without my permission
    - software that installs a service without my permission
    - software that installs a schedule entry without my permission
    - software that installs but provide no simple disable method

    What kind of software has that behaviour - maybe a new classification
    Empireware - software that makes changes to your system that are hidden, obscure, not disclosed in transparent way, or difficult to remove and/or disable compared to typical software install. the software maybe described as annoying, or using obfuscation techniques, or failing to disclose to end-user user how to control it or simply disable it.

    Empireware is a form of Malware

    I think all firewalls should warn users of "empireware" just like malware.

  • It took some doing to get rid of every piece of this, most useful to complete the process was Revo Uninstaller. Google has been banished for improper actions!

  • i does not go by any of the above methods.
    Maybe we need to tweak that file to Non Exe.
    If you delete it Google re-creates it

  • just like AVG and norton, disabling/uninstalling google chrome and it's dependencies especially the updater was a pain in the butt: Norton got banned from my system about 8 years ago for heavy disk and system usage-impairment and later for difficult uninstall and connectivity issue, same goes to AVG using same tricks to enslave your system (both require specific uninstaller now !!) : google chrome got baned from my system 2 years ago for misbehaving : multiple scheduled tasks entries: really google ? hahahah

  • Thank you! I disabled the task and it worked.
    Thanks again.

  • I've tried to get rid of googleupdate before, keeps coming back. Will see if the above instructions work this time.

    If this type of thing happened in just about any other environment, people would be doing jail time.

    Too bad the malware people don't go after google ....

  • how about task manager proceed to services then open services and disable it? jst asking..

  • Thank you so much. Hope this works. What Google is doing in this case is extremely unethical.

  • Method A worked perfectly for me. This was so annoying, and now it's gone. Thank you!!

  • I just uninstalled anything google related..... I swear the whole startup process is faster too...

  • Thanks

    you can simply put this default path on step 3. It's the same for every one and no need for change.

    %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Update

  • Using windows 7, GoogleUpdate.exe was not located in either %APPDATA% or in %USERPROFILE%. I did, however, find it in Google's default install directory:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe

  • Thank you. This was pleasantly concise and helpful. I appreciate it.

  • It lurks in another place: c:\documents and settings\tjm\local settings\application data\google\update\

    substitute you admin user name -not account name - for tjm

    I deleted googleupdate.exe, googleupdatebroker.exe, googleupdatecomregistershell64.exr, googleupdatehelper.msi, googleupdateondemand.exe and googleupdatesetup.exe from this folder.

    there are a bunch of .dll files in this folder. all updated last monday at 7:26 pm, strange! i didn't touch them. infact everyfile in the folder, except googleupdatesetup.exe has a modified date of monday 7:26 pm!

  • I run Windows Mail and recently GoogleUpdate.exe went crazy on me.
    regedit HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    and delete the key to run GoogleUpdate.exe

  • is google chrome a big brother
    updates to keep it running smooth are allowable
    but all the exe stuff is driving me nuts
    what i have found here is mind blowing......
    it is costing me MONEY to keep this computer running cause of the haywired way it goes.

  • FIREFOX IS NOW MUCH FASTER without this vermin roaming my system. (This is Mid 2015, and running it on XP)

    Having Firefox on while trying to kill the process in the Task Manager caused the vermin to return within 1 or 2 seconds.

    Success came after turning off Firefox for this part of the process. I finished the other two parts of the process in registry and systems folder, but also had to restart the computer to see any results. (And astonishing difference)

    I did not think of it then, but am wondering if a simple deactivation might have achieved the same results through the pluggins section of Firefox. Accessible through the Add-ons Manager - the "Never Activate" option in the drop down box.

  • Worked brilliantly for me.
    But when u get to the step 'delete google updater.exe' actual file,
    do it with forced uninstall thru Revo Uninstaller.
    It came up with quite a few registry leftovers,
    and quite a few folders and files leftovers attached!!

    I would say, no do not just delete 'googleupdater.exe' as this article describes only,
    do it with Revo... I check in Chrome now on my about screen,
    and it says update disabled, internal error and some code muhhahaha BANISHED!

  • No more google update files anywhere eithers. done a couple reboots.. still gone...
    I seem to have destroyed nacl annoying thing too.
    now to get rid of widevine and pepflashplayer for good..
    its like they find 10 things to make u be stuck with these google ppl :/
    apart from that i love chrome

  • revo found it lurked in 2 different locations with dll and registry files ready to reinstall googleupdater simultaneously! so with revo its gone gone gone.
    just deleting one, its programmed to reinstall thru the other u missed...

    googleupdate.exe needs to be run thru a professional uninstaller like revo. no question

  • Thank you for the article, one additional thing you can do to block the googleupdate.exe is to remove the privileges for all users on the system to execute/read/write on that file location. In any other case the chrome will try to restore the file. ;)

  • rem Please copy text to cmd file
    rem run and enjoy ...
    rem ... and please improve

    rem Services
    sc stop "gupdate"
    sc stop "gupdatem"
    sc stop "gusvc"

    sc delete "gupdate"
    sc delete "gupdatem"
    sc delete "gusvc"

    rem Processes
    taskkill /f /im GoogleUpdate.exe /t
    tskill GoogleUpdate.exe /a
    taskkill /f /im GoogleUpdaterService.exe

    rem Toolbars
    msiexec /x {18455581-E099-4BA8-BC6B-F34B2F06600C} /qn
    msiexec /x {A92DAB39-4E2C-4304-9AB6-BC44E68B55E2} /qn
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Google Toolbar\Component\GoogleToolbarManager_8CA8B41417E66DEB.exe" /uninstall

    rem Tasks
    schtasks /end /tn "GoogleUpdateTaskMachineUA"
    schtasks /delete /tn "GoogleUpdateTaskMachineUA" /f
    schtasks /end /tn "GoogleUpdateTaskMachineCore"
    schtasks /delete /tn "GoogleUpdateTaskMachineCore" /f

    rem Files and Folders
    if exist "C:\Program Files\Google\Update" del "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Update" /f /s /q
    if exist "C:\Program Files\Google\Update" rd "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Update" /s /q
    if exist "C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater" del "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Common\Google Updater" /f /s /q
    if exist "C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater rd "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Update" /s /q

    if exist "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update" del "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Update" /f /s /q
    if exist "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update" rd "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Update" /s /q
    if exist "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Common\Google Updater" del "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Common\Google Updater" /f /s /q
    if exist "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Common\Google Updater rd "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Update" /s /q

    rem User Section
    if exist "%appdata%\Google\Update" del "%appdata%\Google\Update" /f /s /q
    if exist "%appdata%\Google\Update" rd "%appdata%\Google\Update" /s /q

    rem User Reg
    reg delete "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" /v "Google Update" /f

  • METHOD B is harsh!

    Simplest way to disable auto updateis this (although I liked the firewall trick!)
    I am in Windows 10
    1. Enter "Services" in the search box (next to Start) and press enter.
    2. Look at all those Services running! Find "Google Update" or "Google Software Updater". I see three separate Windows services (all this to look for updates?)
    3. If any DO NOT say "Manual" or "Disabled", click on them, then right click.
    4. From the right click context menu (popup menu) select "Properties".
    5. Select "Startup Type:" and "Disabled".

    I would argue that this is the proper way to do it. Google Update is a Windows Service like any of a hundred others. Managing services (On/Off/Manual/Disable) is just bread and butter for an Admin (like you)..

  • Thank you very much for the info. I did disable the google updater services in the via msconfig, but the updater was still popping up twice, there were two files in %windir%/Tasks that I deleted.

  • "Empireware" - that's an apt description Skip R.

    Android - System Settings - Apps - All (on the right) - Task Manager - "Show All" permissions.
    Then read and wonder why.

  • Google Update Services (gudate and gudatem) are now days Windows Services. You can disable them from the list of Services.

  • GoogleUpdate.exe not listed on my Sys Config Startup.

  • @Skip R @7-up

    Let's just call it 'Googleware,' since they're the leader, like we call any photocopy a xerox, any facial tissue a kleenex, etc.

    Oh, wait -- I guess Apple does the same sort of thing.

  • googleupdate is also in the photo shop plugin called "Nik collection" which google acquired

  • Just like most annoying things you put up with it

  • Hey VG,
    So it seams the newer offline installer installs GoogleUpdate.exe" file. I should try again without an Internet connection but seams the installer somehow installs GoogleUpdate.exe

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