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googleupdate.exe (again) multiple instances/locations : how to cleanup to a single install

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googleupdate.exe (again) multiple instances/locations : how to cleanup to a single install crinse 6/5/11 5:20 AM
I've read/seen a lot of noise and irritation about google sneaking in googleupdate in multiple instances/locations on a computer.
A lot of advice to kill/destroy/remove it BUT : I just would like to clean up and have it in only 1 location / 1 instance

here is my environment:
I'm using Chrome, Earth, Google toolbar

I find a google update set in
c:\users\[myprofile]\appdata\local\google\update (looking at the timestamps, this seems the one most active)
and in
C:\Program Files\Google\Update

in my task manager, I find 2 sets of tasks launching each googleupdate.exe twice (with different options) from both locations
every hour (!!??)

the cli options were, one time
/c
one time
/ua /installsource scheduler

in the registry in HKCU in Run I had also again an entry calling
c:\users\[myprofile]\appdata\local\google\update\googleupdate.exe /s

I also found an extra googleupdaterservice.exe  in "C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater"

3 services

1 servicename : gusvc, description : "google software updater" pointing to "C:\Program Files\Google\Common\Google Updater\GoogleUpdaterService.exe"
2 servicename : gupdate1c9c11a18ce3740, description : "Google Update Service (gupdate1c9c11a18ce3740)" pointing to "C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe /svc"
3 servicename : gupdatem, Google Update-service (gupdatem), pointing to "C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe /medsvc"

so here are my questions (to google support, or anyone who respects the users enough to respond)

1/ which is the latest location with the useful googleupdate.exe, the one under the userprofile or the one in "program files"
because I've tasks doing all the work double up to every hour (waisting recources) but services only pointing to the old set, not the new set.
2/ how can I lcean this up (e.g. remove them all, files, tasks, registry entries, services) and instal 1 clean version
3/ an explanation of what the command line options of googleupdate.exe (/c, /ua, /svc, /medsvc, ... ) are
4/ to Google : provide a cleanup tool, and get a grip again on consistency in programming

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Re: googleupdate.exe (again) multiple instances/locations : how to cleanup to a single install hmbhmb 6/13/11 4:21 AM
Me too.

I understand the need to update flaky software frequently because of the security risks it poses. But just do it the way everyone else does it: tell me there is an update to be had; tell me why I need it; let me install it in my own good time!

This morning I found a GoogleUpdate process running in Task Manager (and I killed it because it was grinding the disk into dust).

More worryingly, in my log of things written to disk, I found that, on Saturday, GoogleUpdate and GoogleUpdateSet had written a raft of DLL's (mainly to do with localisation). This is worrying, because my setup should prevent stuff being written without my express consent. Somehow it slipped in under the wire.

I have said it before, I'll say it again: this sneaky updating means that _no_Google_anything_ can be installed in a corporate environment where systems managers want and need to control the precise configuration of machines. Kiss goodbye to Google Cloud computing. We can't have something raining randomly on our PC estate.

As a private user I say: I did not ask for it. I don't want it. Stop being evil!
Re: googleupdate.exe (again) multiple instances/locations : how to cleanup to a single install dontdoevil 6/16/11 8:47 PM
I second what both of the previous posters said.