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How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness!

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How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! jfeeney 2/15/09 10:34 AM
I am on dialup. One thing I hate is when I turn on my conputer, and the dialup connect window pops up. I wonder,"Is this a virus trying to upload my contact list before it distroys my hard drive?", or something equally bad. Us folks on dialup like to manage our own connections because our connection is slow. We like to set all updater programs to let me decide when to check for updates so we can start updating things when we go to bed, and not watch endless progress bars slowly marching across the screen like growing grass. I love Google Earth, and want to keep the program, but this updater thing is messing up the whole experience. I have resorted to unplugging the modem to stop the update madness.
     I have gone through Google Updater, and checked the let me check for newer versions, but it doesn't seem to work. The damn thing still keeps wanting to connect when I boot my computer. I tried uninstalling Google Updater. This still didn't work. I found that there is this google process running in the background on my task manager. I kill this process, and the attempts to connect stop. I look for this process in the registry to see if I can delete it and I can't find it in the registry. It looks like it is buried as some GUI number. When I reboot the system, this %$#^@ process restarts, and the madness begins again. I tried to find the process using STARTUP in the control panel, and it doesn't show up there. I don't want to uninstall Google Earth, but it's starting to look like that's what I'm going to have to do to stop the reconnect attempts. Please, does anybody have an answer? Please Google management, try to accomodate us slow pokes.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! fer74loe 2/15/09 11:28 AM
This is an outrageous tactic by Google Earth! This is a virtual virus infecting the machine.
In addition, closing down google earth plus and forcing the switch to this abomination is totally unaccepatble.
I have found google earth to be an interesting toy, and even sometimes useful.
However, I refuse to be abused by this arrogant, high handed and stupid approach to updates.
Even Microsoft allows control over updates. The previous post is a good example of why.
The reason is, unless you can guarantee perfect updates, and also guarantee to repair/ compensate for damages, you are needlessly putting users at risk.
You should check out the lively discussions and opinions of you new policy on Macintouch.com
You should also take a lesson from Sony's bonehead move that installed malware. Ask them how much it cost them in the long run.
You should also review the history of the turbotax moves that were eventually responsible for intuit abandoning an equally repugnant policy.
I will use my current version of plus until you turn it off or end this ridiculous forced update scheme. Then GOODBYE GOOGLE!
ps I am switching all my default search engines to yahoo!
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! barryhunter 2/16/09 11:30 AM
Have a look in 'Scheduled Tasks' - that is how the updater is started. 

It seems setting it to 'disabled' prevents it running; don't delete the entry, otherwise it will just be recreated as far as I can see. 
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! jfeeney 2/16/09 8:18 PM
Thanks. Actually it has been raining like cats and dogs here so there's nothing to do but troubleshoot my computer problems. So after messing around a bit in the dreaded registry, I was able to kill Google updater yet keep Google Earth going. Unfortunately they don't make it easy to do. I had to do some searching for registry keys and delete them. It basically was doing a search and destroy on anything named GoogleUpdater in the registry. Then go to the installation folder for Google Earth and remove the two folders referring to Google Update. However I didn't know about the link to Scheduler. I probably nuked it along with all the other keys I nuked. I wouldn't mind Updater if it would allow me to stop it, and tell it when to check. Then I would be perfectly happy. The other anoying thing was that when it wanted to check for updated it would just keep pounding on the modem over and over again and I would hit the Cancel button, until I gave up and allowed it to check. Then it would be back the next day demanding to check again. My response to this is to hell with them. I'll figure out how to break their obnoxious code. At least when theres a boring rainy day. Thanks all, and Google listen up!
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! barryhunter 3/17/09 8:48 AM
Seems setting it to disabled hasn't totally stopped it. 

There is an option in the 'Google Updater' application to 'let me check for updates myself' - but it blatently ignores it :(   [Its showing that the IE toolbar has updated a few days ago - I never consented to that...]

Have since found it also installs a Service. Right click on My Computer, and select 'Manage', expand 'Service and Applications', and then click 'Services' and find the Google Update services. And set them to disabled. 
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Himalayan Hermit 3/17/09 1:36 PM
No brainer folks. Just click on Start > Run > MSCONFIG and disable "GoogleUpdate" under Startup and Services tab.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Gunny 3/23/09 7:26 AM
I have tried several options to turn this off.    the following have NOT works so far:
1. Start > Run > Services.msc and set GoogleUpdate to Disabled
2. Start > Run > MSCONFIG and disable "GoogleUpdate" under Startup

the Program will continue to run in the background even when these are tuned off
the only step I have not tried is the scheduled tasks.

seems to me that this may be a 3 step process as only 2 cause it to continue to run
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Himalayan Hermit 3/31/09 2:59 PM
That's weird. Running services.msc or config does the trick for me.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Ross Presser 4/1/09 8:05 PM
The current incarnation of Google Updater installs itself in three places:
1) It sets up a scheduled task called "Google Software updater" that runs on two schedules:
  EVERY DAY at 12:12 PM (this time might be random on your machine)
  and also EVERY 20 MINUTES FOR A DURATION OF 100 DAYS (2400 HOURS) beginning when you installed Google Updater.
2) It sets up a service that runs ON EVERY SYSTEM BOOT (automatic service start).
3) Finally it sets up an APPINIT DLL -- meaning something that runs IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WINDOWS BOOT PROCESS BEFORE SERVICES HAVE EVEN STARTED.

This is EVIL. EXTREMELY EVIL. VERY ALL EXTREMELY EVIL. It is clear that they want to have contact with your computer whenever they feel like it, and I do NOT grant them that permission, regardless of what they think they can enforce with evil tricks and with their EULA.

I will run Google Updater EXACTLY AS LONG AS I WANT TO, WHEN I WANT TO, AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER I WILL DISABLE EVERY AUTOSTART THAT IT JUST SET UP. Got that Google? It's MY MACHINE, NOT YOURS.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! P-chu 4/9/09 3:49 PM
Well that explains something I've been seeing in my log lately; it seems the googleupdate.exe has been trying to access the scheduler for my anti-virus program each time it checks for updates.  (I never understood the relation between to two, or why before.)  Of course my anti-virus program blocks that attempt.  

So we may have to 'update' the last post to "Google Updater installs itself in three places" and in any task scheduling programs.

oi-vey
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Mc... 5/11/09 10:42 AM
Hey every one, I got tired of Google a long time ago after reading that they collect every known piece of data you inter when you Google in your browser, although I still use google to an extent, I don’t use anything that wont let me control an autoupdate. If Google ever wants me to use their toolbar (installs an updater – don’t have the time to mess with it) to browse, then I’m out-a-Google for ever. As far as Google earth goes, to hell with it, Try Microsoft’s Live Search Maps – “Explore the Earth with interactive maps, directions and traffic, satellite and aerial images, bird’s eye view, 3D maps and 3D cities. Search addresses, yellow pages, white pages, and more.” They don’t spy on you as far as I know at this point…Its free and I love its 3D views…
http://maps.live.com
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! 1nFinity865 5/13/09 7:40 AM
Dunno if this works, but try going to C:\Documents and Settings\(YOUR USER NAME)\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Update    and delete/rename GoogleUpdate.exe -- otherwise deleting the whole update folder might work too!
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Merca 5/19/09 12:51 PM
I got away from my computer for a few minutes and when I came back I found a highlighted entry in my Vista's start menu, as when new programs are installed, even a shortcut in my desktop that was not there before!. I'm used to those boring but apparently safe procedures Vista has regarding installing things, so I got really scared about this as I never got any confirmation. Now I see what it was. It's COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE that any software commit changes of any kind to my computer, but this is worst: doing so by surpassing every security procedure to do it. It's indeed a TROYAN BEHAVIOUR.
I'M UNINSTALLING GOOGLE EARTH RIGHT AWAY, and start thinking of Google Inc. as a threath to my security.
Goodbye.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Ven-TG- 5/19/09 7:45 PM
Simply change the: GoogleUpdater.exe (file found in most computers as: C:\Program Files\Google\Google Updater\GoogleUploader.exe)
to: (GoogleUpdater.xex) that way; if at any point in the future you need this component, all you have to do is change the (.xex) extension back to (.exe).  Hope it helped with less frigging around.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Merca 5/19/09 10:01 PM
Thank you Ven-TG-, but this is not a simple annoyance: is a plain invasion of privacy. I've never expected this kind of nastiness from Google Inc.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! mtzmtz 6/16/09 12:05 AM
Great idea Ven-TG.  Thanks,

Merca, I fully agree with you about Google's recent and dismaying invasiveness.  But even if that improves it won't be overnight, so in the meantime clever workarounds to help foil that arrogant invasiveness are most welcome.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! rdouglas 8/11/09 11:37 AM
It's a trojan, plain and simple. Only this time the person installing it is your friend sneaking it into your computer... then after you discover it they tell you, 'I'll only use this backdoor into your computer to execute and install nice helpful code... promise... trust me."

Google might as well come out with a new anti-virus virus. They could flood the internet with code that sends itself to everyone in your address book, then runs a virus scan and removal.

Google could try anti-spyware spyware! Google could surreptitiously install code that sends process information to a server that analyzes it for suspicious behavior, then use the trojan they've installed to execute code to kill any bad apples. We can trust google not to use all the data they mine from our systems... right?

Maybe anti-phishing phishing? Google could set up fake sites, get you to give them your username and password, then tell you that you got scammed and recommend ways you could avoid it in the future... with a promise not to use your username and password to be evil. If they clean out your bank account and give it to charity... that isn't evil... right?
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Felix. 9/18/09 4:15 PM
I don't think it does anything evil, but not allowing control over the behaviour of the updater is very bad form. In fact, I uninstalled all the google apps for macinstosh, except for picassa. Unfortuntaly, if you start picassa it restarts googlesoftwareupdate... which means i need to uninstall picassa, and this is after i waited so long for them to finally port it to mac!

oh well...
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! PhoenixGTR 10/27/09 9:46 AM
You can also disable it in startup managers such as CodeStuff Starter and StartEd; no filename changing required. I've always used one of these; lots of programs put unwanted startup processes that aren't necessary.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Fresno Bob 12/20/09 11:58 AM
I dont need no stinking background updater.  If I wish to install an update, I will do it, myself, when I have time.  I encountered this when updating to Google Earth v5.  Now Google Earth is a nice toy, but not worth having this automatic installer always running.  I will stick with v4 until it no longer works and then say goodbye.    Truly Google the Good is dead.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! barryhunter 12/20/09 1:01 PM
btw, Google now offer a download of GE without the Updater. Click Advanced Options, or direct link:


just untick "Allow Google Earth to automatically install recommended updates."
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Muselogic 2/21/10 7:42 AM
I have struggled with this for a few hours.

It is a classic worm, a legal worm, some would say back-door trojan, even virus.

It copies itself into the Registry, into the Documents and Settings subfolders, and into Scheduled Tasks.

Frankly I never remember consenting to download Google Updater and have never even owned Google Earth. I know everything on my computer.

Everyone is right about how to disable it easily (get it out of scheduled tasks). I have NOT yet rebooted, but so far I CANNOT delete its incidents in the Registry, and I am only half way going through the Registry.

Classic virus. This is a warning, I guess, as to what happens when we as a SOCIETY have formed such a dependency.

Shady tactics in lieu of genuine valuable product.

Time for an OPEN SOURCE search engine, I'd say.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! cecildelay 3/6/10 5:01 PM
if you want to stop the google updater running just go to the google program files open them, find the folder for the google updater and delete it. too easy!!
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! aardvark2zz 3/11/10 6:53 PM
I tried almost all of the above for hours. No cigar.

Even Disable Service doesn't prevent 2 Processes from running !!!????

I was tempted to modify the 2 registry keys but I didn't do it.

I ended up just deleting the 3 updater folders.

I was suspicious of simply changing the file type to .xxx would cause start-up pop-ups.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! riyas vk 3/14/10 5:32 AM
try this out http://www.google.com/support/installer/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=146164

cheers!
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! GuitarTattoo 4/15/10 12:44 AM
Thanks for the link Riyas, but there appears to be an easier way - Uninstall Google Updater.

To give Google some credit, even if their hand was forced - there now includes an uninstaller in the Start Menu, to banish this irritation.

Has it always been there in the Start Menu? I doubt it. But I am so used to trimming down my Startup using msconfig that I could have overlooked this.

It remains to be seen whether or not this has been a successfu removal.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! sheik.alhashish 4/19/10 5:25 PM
GoogleUpdate = Bloatware/Malware/Garbage.

After disabling the Scheduled Tasks, disabling the service and rebooting, even with Google Earth set to not download updates, googleupdate.exe was still coming up in Task manager. No option to uninstall from anywhere.

Not too easy to get rid of this, but possible.

1. Kill the process from Task Manager.
2. Go to C:\Program Files\Google\Update and delete the contents of this directory
3. Set the NTFS Security on C:\Program Files\Google\Update to "Everyone > Deny > Full Control" (this prevents Google applications re-installing Google Update)
4. Delete the Scheduled Tasks for Google (there may be more than one)
5. Open Services and locate Google Update Service, open this service up and note the "Service Name"
6. Open Regedit and remove  HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\"Service Name" that you found in step 5
7. Reboot.

Did this a few weeks ago and no sign of googleupdate.exe or any other variants since and I have not had any problems with Google apps (Earth and Chrome) that I run.

This posting is provided As Is and anything that happens to your PC from following these instructions is on you.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! ridgetoplonghunter 5/9/10 5:57 PM
I am on dialup as well. Tried every option mentioned then saw the barryhunter post and tried that since there was no entry anywhere else i could find.
Hope that finally stops it. If not, good bye to google earth, since that is where it gets loaded.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Dev0008 8/3/10 7:05 PM
In my experience, None of the above helps. Google has completely changed how the updating works (and will probably change it again once they read this--they can't really take a hint huh?)

Here is my solution:

1- Uninstall all Google Software.

2- Reinstall only the Google software you want to use.

2b- Update the Google software to the latest version.

3- Make sure you have gone to "Control Panel" and "Folder Options", "View" tab, and clicked "Show hidden files and folders", and un-checked "Hide protected operating system files" (set this all back once you are done)

4- go to:
"Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\"

(Note: "USERNAME" above is whatever your user profile is named.)

5- Then rename the
"Update"
to
"disabled Update" (or anything different than it's named)

6- Then reboot.


Note: Make sure to change the "disabled Update" folder back to just "Update" before updating the software (then disable it again).

Also, I've found the registry key used to load the update exe. It's located in:
"[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]"

This may be a good alternate method. But I've found the simple re-name of the "Update" folder works fine.

The computer boots up twice as fast for me now too! Wow!

Take the HINT Google!
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Gforever 8/5/10 1:46 AM
@Ross Presser: you say: ""
I agree with you, I don't like this type of stuff, it irritates me, luckily I run ZoneAlarm firewall that tells me immediately whith a popup when some app is trying to access the internet, and I love to make ZoneAlarm to block completely that app to access the internet unless I know whet the app is doing.

Anyway if you look in the registry key used by Windows to auto run processes on startup, keys:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

you will find the Googel Update value, you simply need to delete that one, and the process won't be started again on next Windows reboot.

It has to be said that many other application installs these type of updaters, once I was looking into the registry keys written above, I found for example that also Java installed an updater to update the JRE.
I mean this kind fo stuff is not that evil if you trust the source that installed it.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Warspike 8/24/10 2:05 AM
Hi all

I have turned it off by deleting the service for Google update.

a. First "hold window key with R key". This will bring the run window.
b. Secondly "type cmd then enter". This will bring up the command window.
c. Third type "sc delete gusvc" then enter. You will get confirmation of the service deleted.

Thats it you can use this method to delete any service from windows system.

Hope it helps you all
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! 1jckinnick 9/4/10 12:38 AM
If i change the name of the file and want to check for updates manually will i get an error though?
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! 1jckinnick 9/4/10 10:58 PM
Im using Windows XP i've tried setting the google software updater multiple tasks to run once a week and i've tried disabling them and every time i turn my computer on the next day they are reset back to the way they were.

Im afraid to delete the task, will it still update manually if i delete the task?
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! 1jckinnick 9/12/10 2:26 AM
How do you keep it deleted ive tried to delete it but it just keeps coming back. I believe it is whats causing my firewall to come up every time i start my computer.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! 1jckinnick 9/13/10 3:03 AM
Before i had deleted the file all together but that really caused more problems, i just want my firewall to quit asking me to allow it every time i start my computer.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! 1jckinnick 9/13/10 9:49 PM
How do you get somebody to reply on this board ive tried posting in someone elses thread and starting my own, bumping it, everything i know to do.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! 1jckinnick 9/14/10 11:41 PM
All i know to do is to just keep bumping the thread until somebody finally responds.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! 1jckinnick 9/15/10 10:15 PM
What if i rename it?
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! 1jckinnick 9/18/10 11:35 PM
Google Forums is as bad as Apples support. These forums are useless if no one is going to reply.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! PieterJ 12/30/10 1:58 PM
I have always been a great Google Earth fan, but no longer.
I installed Google Earth 6, a few days ago on my new computer and to my horror I discovered that Street View is now a Internet bandwidth hog and totally illogical. At least in previous versions where cameras were displayed one could choose to look if you desired, but now one has no idea whether or not a particular place has a Street View.

Many of us outside the USA do not have super fast or cheap internet, so this is a definite no no for me.

The automatic update is IMHO and as others have said a violation of one's privacy and is tantamount to a trojan as there is no apparent way of turning off Auto Updates.
I have uninstalled Google Earth and was again horrified to see that it does not do a clean uninstall — the registry has numerous entries pertaining to Google Earth left behind, mostly Auto Update entries.

Please Google give us the option of how to use your software and stop your dictatorial attitude.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! MrFhen1 1/4/11 8:07 AM
On the task manager i found What MrGoogle is trying to do in the background!!!

Network Request Error.
Error: 0x80072ee7. Http status code: 0.
Url=https://tools.google.com/service/update2
Trying config: source=IE, wpad=0, script=(proxy adress)
trying CUP:WinHTTP.
Send request returned 0x80072ee7. Http status code 0.
trying WinHTTP.
Send request returned 0x80072ee7. Http status code 0.
trying CUP:iexplore.
Send request returned 0x80004005. Http status code 0.
Trying config: source=auto, wpad=1, script=.
trying CUP:WinHTTP.
Send request returned 0x80072ee7. Http status code 0.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! dsamh 1/8/11 11:07 PM
"google updater" & "googleupdate" are 2 separate/different applications. (this alone is shady as hell, and causing most of the confusion on this page)

For a company who’s motto is “Don’t be evil” … googleupdate.exe is a slap in the face. Programs do NOT need such intrusive and obnoxious things to update themselves. Adding another memory resident crapware to do a function that a program can do for itself on run, is completely unnecessary. Don't try to say it's for 'security' bc thats a lie, any decent antivirus can detect application modification.

So let me get this straight >> instead of just checking for updates when you open a chrome window (say once a day) and adding maybe .02 seconds of latency (once)... google opted to install an almost bulletproof memory resident crapware into a)task scheduler b)appinit registry and c)services that starts itself and dials home 4x an hour.. thus causing lag and instability across the whole system. (when say.. you're compiling or rendering... or trying to shoot someone in some fps)

THAT is seriously evil. Fix this quickly google and make a removal tool.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! cecildelay 1/9/11 12:28 AM
initially after friggen around wasting time trying to turn the piece of shit off in the "services" i just found the google update folder and deleted it. there was no apparent problems other than the stuff wasn't getting updated. then for some other reason i looked in the event viewer and noticed that there was a lot of "errors" associated with the google server trying to connect presumably with the updating stuff...whatever... it didn't worry me too much because it seemed to be using less resources than the friggen updater running all the time!!. about 18 mnths later i was using some google stuff and a dialogue box appeared telling me i need to update so i did. after that i checked and sure enough that friggen updater process is running again. this time i found the update folder and re named it...google fuck you updater.exe. when i want to update i just rename the folder "google update.exe" and away you go. so "fuck you" google does it!! any way i wouldn't trust the u.s. corporate greedy money grubbing fuckers as far as i could kick them after the revelation that they were collecting wifi data surreptitiously and sneakily under the pretense of collecting pics for the the google street invasion...that's majorly amoral as far as i'm concerned!!!!
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! 1jckinnick 1/9/11 4:44 AM
I just delete the task every time i turn my computer on. If you delete anymore than that you will have problems.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Gaieus 1/9/11 9:30 PM
On my machine, these programs have installed automatic updaters (or "speed launchers" - which I also find annoying):

1) Google (since we are speaking about it)
2) HP (for my printer)
3) Adobe (for Flash and Reader)
4) DivX
5) QuickTime
6) Sun Java...

So it seems to be a common "policy" by all these software companies to do this (and they are rather hard to avoid when installing the applications).

I have a small freebie on my PC: CCleaner. It does not only "clean" all the cr@p you collect over time (temp files and such) or cleans your registry but you can easily set what programs can launch on Startup. I have more disabled than enabled.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! gooperplex 1/13/11 8:43 PM
I am so disappointed to discover that Google considers this "acceptable behaviour." I would more characterise it as flat-out evil; worse than what any other reputable company does, and in fact bordering on malware.

I was recently cleaning up a friend's laptop which had slowed to a crawl because of all the memory-resident crud. I've gotten pretty good at this over the years, but had never encountered a "legitimate" program like Google update, which simply refused to go away. I finally uninstalled Chrome to get rid of it.

Then I was doing maintenance on my own computer and saw the same thing -- *two or three instances* of Google update running in the background, and no way to disable them.

I think it's the height of arrogance for software manufacturers to install memory-resident programs without the user's permission. Each manufacturer thinks only of their own software, not considering that the cumulative total of all this background activity can result in a "broken" computer. My friends had no idea why their laptop wasn't working, but I found about 30 unnecessary processes running, the result of various software packages they'd  innocently installed.

But to make it almost impossible to deactivate one of these invisible programs -- that's beyond arrogant.

Google -- What Were You Thinking?!? We had such high hopes for you...
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! barryhunter 1/14/11 4:35 AM
Gaieus, can CCleaner stop Google Updater? - I havent found it does. 

gooperplex, I have to agree. 

While I can just about tolerate these 'Updaters' - on the whole they are a good thing. 

But Googles implementation seems particully evil. (I grant it doesnt have evil intentions, but still bad) 

Google does a few things above and beyond what others do. 

1) It goes out of its way to make them hard to disable. Persumably reasoning the disabling was accidental, and should be fixed. 
Other updaters in my experience stay disabled once done. 

How hard can it be to actully provide a Control Panel to control the Updating. One of Googles version of actully had a user-interface - they seem to have phased that version out :(

At least now Google Earth is available without the Updater - can install a standalone version. 

2) It tries to do it transparently - ie update without the user even aware its happening. 

This causes the MAJOR issue that the update takes the user unawares. Often the behaviour changes between versions, which means 'retraining' (or worse having to accept can't do what used to do any more) - in the middle of a task is particully jarring. 

But also bugs, the updates are not immune to bugs. For example a reasonably recent Google Earth update, actully uninstalled GE! Leaving users really confused how GE can suddenly disappear. 

- In this regard, no matter how annoying the popups "a new version is available now" are, at least they have a "later" button, so I can continue getting on with my very important work, without  the risk of A) having to relearn how to do things, and B) having new bugs foisted upon me. 

(I know that then runs the risk of perpetual deferment. Possibly the only solution I can think is to train users, to take time out regullaly to get into the frame of mind to update software) 


As mentioned we hold Google in high regard, we expect them to be better than other companies. When they fail to deliver, its unnerving :(

Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Gaieus 1/14/11 5:33 AM
"Gaieus, can CCleaner stop Google Updater? - I havent found it does. "

Barry, see my CCleaner "blocking" Google Updater under ref 1 and my Task Manager showing it is not running under ref 2 (this is how I turned the computer on - nothnig killed manually since then).

My system is Hungarian so I added the arrows so that you can see where the settings are. The Task Manager is set to list by name. I have Google Crash Handler running but it is different (and I need it for something else I cannot say here under NDA :-)
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! barryhunter 1/14/11 5:55 AM
Just because its not showing in Windows Task Manager, doesnt mean its gone. For example check the Task Scheduler, its often set to start when idle, or my currently disabled task was set to run once an hour. 

I beleive the one in HKLM:Run only makes sure the task is installed.  Which is why 1jckinnick for example, is deleting the task every boot. 

(second post - corrected mistake) 
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Gaieus 1/15/11 1:31 AM
Well, at least I never see it. But of course, you may be right - my knowledge at computers is limited somewhere here... :-)
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! mdrux 2/13/11 11:39 AM
Screw Google - they have amounted to being the worst thing for the internet (IN my belief) cramming and attempting to spoon feed us... Here's what I did!

1. Click on START
2. In the Search type "REGEDIT"
3. In REGEDIT - go to top second option "EDIT"  Click on EDIT
4. Cursor down to "FIND" or simply use "CTRL + F"
5. Type in "googleupdate"

You need to Delete the Key Names not just the Entries here's Mine - Yours maybe different

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2F0E2680-9FF5-43C0-B76E-114A56E93598}

Might as well delete this CRAP also

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Google.OneClickCtrl.8
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\GoogleTalk.Plugin
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\GoogleTalk.Plugin.1

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\GoogleUpdate.OnDemandCOMClassUser
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\GoogleUpdate.OnDemandCOMClassUser1.0


HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{31AC3F11-E5EA-4A85-8A3D-8E095A39C27B}
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{909489C2-85A6-4322-AA56-D25278649D67}

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Deployment\SideBySide\2.0\Components\goog...app_f84b370c827b5c7a_0001.0002_d758a7131f1c552c
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Deployment\SideBySide\2.0\Components\goog...app_f84b370c827b5c7a_0001.0002_e3f0fb0ac15e6bf4
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Deployment\SideBySide\2.0\Components\goog...app_f84b370c827b5c7a_0001.0002_none_33e490c1c8bfa37f

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Update

IN HERE --> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy   **NICE GOOGLE GIVES ALL THIS CRAP ADMIN PRIVILEGES **

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{4536918A-95A8-498F-B542-CB906C561A43}

IN HERE ---> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Low Rights\ElevationPolicy\{4536918A-95A8-498F-B542-CB906C561A43}

IN HERE ---> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\CompatibilityAdapter\Signatures

IN HERE ---> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasks

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasks\{0D95D773-F43A-497B-94AA-BDBB5750B678}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasks\{6E1E6AFC-B614-4225-8732-94483114F714}

** NOTE the Crap looks like this as Data "PATH"S  but you need to Delete the Main DATA KEY - \GoogleUpdateTaskUserS-1-5-21-4001500709-3949652507-730945352-500UA

*** DELTE ALL THIS CRAP ***

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\GoogleUpdateTaskUserS-1-5-21-4001500709-3949652507-730945352-500Core

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\GoogleUpdateTaskUserS-1-5-21-4001500709-3949652507-730945352-500UA




GOOD LUCK !!!!!
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! 1jckinnick 2/13/11 11:57 AM
Will i still be able to actually update Google after i do this though?
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! barryhunter 2/13/11 11:58 AM
Yes. Just install the standalone version - ie the one without the Updater. 
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! mdrux 2/13/11 12:04 PM
Generally YES...

Depending on what Google product you are using you can find MANUAL UPDATE in


Tools
          or
Help
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! mdrux 2/13/11 12:06 PM
Even if you install the standalone Version - GOOGLE still implants a series of BS into your registry lets not even talk about analytics
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! waptek2 3/4/11 4:59 AM
Ctrl=Alt+Del find and stop GoogleUpdate
rightclick mycomputer, select manage, services, find/stop googleupdate
Run msconfig, click StartUp disable GoogleUpdate

run regedit , look for and delete googleupdate in
HKEY_Local_Machine\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Delete the update or GoogleUpdate files or folders in
C:\Program Files\google
C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\
C:\Documents and Settings\Your name\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\

get&run cCleaner, select registry, scan for issues, fix issues, repeat this till clean
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! karniemi 3/13/11 1:56 AM
AAAAAAAAAARrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhgggggg. I've spend days wondering why my HTPC has suddenly started waking up byitself every now and then from sleep. What a waste of my time. I had installed Google Chrome and that seems to be the reason -it makes some scheduled tasks for Windows XP. This makes me just mad and disappointed. There's just no sense in this. At all. =(
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! ccitizen937 9/24/11 9:32 AM
I agree with er74loe. I am uninstalling everything Google, as well as all the other ridiculous toolbars (like Bing and Ask) which appeared univited when I downloaded new versions of browsers and software.  Google Updater is a hideous multi-headed hydra I've struggled to disable for about four years now. Every time I think I have it licked, it rears its ugly head in another form. I'm not a computer expert, but I've gone into my Control Panel and on "Scheduled Tasks" have clicked where the Google Updaters appear.  When the popup box appears, I clicked the "Schedule" tab and disabled the task at the bottom. Also scheduled it to run when the computer is idle for 999 minutes (the maximum). Maybe this will work. Will see what the other more expert people here have to say about getting rid of this thing. I didn't even know it was on my computer, except I downloaded the Google Earth tool to see things on the ground (like street views of real estate parcels). This would explain why things are running so slowly .... We'll see .... What REALLY bugs me is when one installs these programs, there is no choice given to the user as to whether he/she wants these additional features installed.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Giavinh 10/1/11 7:17 AM
I have another option that hopefully can help out your need.  This applies to any unwanted executables or application you do not want it to be run without deleting anything so you can go back if you want.  I do not want to advertise anything because I am not affiliated to any products.  You should find a firewall/system defense product.  I am using Comodo Firewall as a free product and it is easy to disable any unwanted executables.  With the defense features (under Defense+ and Computer Security Policy), you can block GoogleUpdate completely from running by creating a "Blocked Application" predefined policy and check all system access options to block and assign GoogleUpdate to this policy.  Or you can go to Blocked Files tab under Computer Security Policy, click Add button and select Running Processes (assume GoogleUpdate is running and that is what you don't want!)  It will add GoogleUpdate to Blocked Files. Voila!  Comodo Defense+ will prevent it from running depend on how you want to block it. If you want to use it later, then go back to Comodo and change your setting.  For Internet Connectivity, you can use Comodo Firewall feature and do similar setting.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! xmxj007 10/1/11 10:04 AM
you cant stop it:D
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! xmxj007 10/1/11 10:05 AM
why not uninstall it?
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Giavinh 10/9/11 7:29 AM
I could stop it from running with COMODO.  Why do I not uninstall it?  Have you read other posts?  Btw, I want to use Chrome for some browser testings.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Giavinh 10/9/11 7:31 AM
Google Updater is installed in every Google products on a PC.  It is not only for Google Earth.  You will get the annoying Updater if you use a single Google application on your PC.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! stlcat 10/25/11 4:42 PM
Sweet Mother of Mercy make it stop! What in the WORLD do I have installed that is google? Can just making it your default browser do it? There is *nothing* in my add/remove programs related to google (no picasa, no toolbar, no earth.no chrome), nothing in start programs. There IS a Google folder in my Program Files folder, but the only thing in it is a bleeping "Update" folder. In that there is a download folder that shows it loaded this friggin thing on 8/22 and again on 10/22. I am positive that I did nothing to overtly request it on 10/22.

Right now I am trying the "disable the started task" course of action with the added step of changing the update interval (should it re-enable itself somehow) to only run when idle > 999 minutes and then only on january 1st and july 1st.

I think I will create a domain name googleiskillingpolarbears.com and perhaps they will get enough negative PR that they will rethink this arrogant policy -- because the darn thing runs every hour on the hour and keeps my computer from going into sleep or standby mode. grrrrrrrrrrrrr

thanks for any help anyone can provide....
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! J.C. Hendee 10/27/11 5:51 PM
I cannot help those on Windows systems, but I can offer something for those on OSX.  Once you have uninstalled any Google programs (YES - DO IT!), you can run the following command via Terminal. Make sure the double dash is a double dash in front of "uninstall".

sudo /Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/GoogleSoftwareUpdateAgent.app/Contents/Resources/install.py --uninstall

If you are still getting attempts by ksurl to load updates (if you are smart and using Little Snitch to warn you), then try the same command with one change to remove anything edition of ksurl from your "user" directories as well.

sudo ~/Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/GoogleSoftwareUpdateAgent.app/Contents/Resources/install.py –uninstall

Not the squiggle in front of the path this time. That's what makes the difference for those who don't want a lengthy explanation.  And now, say goodbye to the sneakiness of the Great Gobbler of the internet
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! LutharPendragon 10/28/11 6:21 AM
Well, I am running windows 7 64 bit.  I disabled the service (services.msc), but could not find anything under MsConfig, or under the task scheduler.  Funny enough though, logmein.com's scheduled task manager showed the tasks that google must have since, done their best to hide.  I was able to disable them through the logmein.com's task manager and now it looks like it is not running.

I have a default windows 7 pro install with firefox, thunderbird, office, vim, etc.  I have never downloaded ANYTHING from google, I have never used ANY google software on ANY computer of mine.  I have NO IDEA how it got installed on my computer.  My guess is they used the same cracks in browser security as viruses do.  Personally, I think installing software on someones computer without asking them is hacking, and since it is illegal, they should be sued for this virus, even if it isn't a malicious one, I still would classify it as one simply because of the way it is installed, and lack of a way to remove.  They sneak it on your computer when you aren't looking, if you only remove it in 2 of 3 places, the last one puts it back in the first 2, just like a virus.  If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck....
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! MitkoChan 11/2/11 12:42 PM
I've found this somewhat useful for shaving boot times, it essentially gives you an msconfig for dummies.  It's still in beta, but does a great job of removing the crap you get stuck on your machines that rape your startup times, including Google Updater.  Obv your choice, but I've found it useful so far.  If I have any issues I'll remove the link.

http://www.soluto.com/
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! npachal 11/7/11 3:40 PM
I spent a good hour trying to get Google Update uninstalled. This is how I did it.

1.) Open up regedit and remove anything in:

HKLM/Software/[Wow6432Node]*/Google/Update/Clients/ *if using 64 bit Windows
HKCU/Software/Google/Update/Clients/

It turn out that there was a GUID for a Google app that didn't get removed when the app was uninstalled.

2.) Run:
C:\Program Files [(x86)]*\Google\Update\googleupdate.exe -uninstall *if using 64 bit Windows

3.) Restart

That did it for me. If Google Update thinks that a Google App is installed, it will not uninstall.

Good Luck!
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Xproject187 1/13/12 11:43 AM
You are either ignorant of the characteristics of the Google Updater issue or,you didn't read the earlier posts or both. It has been clearly stated that deleting the updater or any of it's files simply brings about whats known as a RE-SPAWN of the entire updater files.

Yes I know that your post is aprox 2 years old,but it makes me so mad to see such an answer,that it caused me to join this forum just so I could post a reply to your advise.

Please ! Be aware of what your advising on, or refrain from advising.

Xproject187 

On Saturday, March 6, 2010 5:01:51 PM UTC-8, cecildelay wrote:
if you want to stop the google updater running just go to the google program files open them, find the folder for the google updater and delete it. too easy!!
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Xproject187 1/13/12 11:47 AM
Tried the download u speak of & it does seem to leave the Google Updater out of the install but it also leaves the 3D Street View out as well.So thats a no go 4 me. But thanx
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! Pat Lynch 6/14/12 11:21 PM
Himalayan Hermit, this doesn't work for me.  In spite of deleting Google Earth five times it is continually reinstalled on my computer.  This also in spite of the fact that Google Update has been disabled.
Re: How do I turn off Google Updater. Please stop the madness! deviant2 6/19/12 10:02 AM
im using google chrome ...
yeah this auto update is annoying, even now (2012) the problem still exists, there're collecting our datas ... BEWARE ...

try this out :

1st: create blank "_.txt" file
2nd: create this "googleDisableUpdate.bat" and write this (separated by =====)
=====
@echo off
cls
set despath_dn=%userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Update
set despath_fn=GoogleUpdate.exe
set despath_pn=%despath_dn%\%despath_fn%
set despath_bak_fn=%despath_fn%.bak
set despath_bak_pn=%despath_dn%\%despath_bak_fn%

echo kill app
taskkill.exe /F /IM %despath_fn%
net stop "gupdate"
net stop "gupdatem"

IF EXIST "%despath_bak_pn%" (
     echo.file found = ignore
     goto next_one
) ELSE (
     echo.%despath_fn% to %despath_bak_fn%
)
ren "%despath_pn%" "%despath_bak_fn%"

:next_one
copy /y  _.txt "%despath_pn%"

REG ADD "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update" /v AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes /t REG_DWORD /d 99999999 /f
REG ADD "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update" /v DisableAutoUpdateChecksCheckboxValue /t REG_DWORD /d 99999999 /f

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