If you have ever downloaded any of the google products like picasa ,google screen saver etc, you may have googleupdater.exe running as a process in your system right now.

You can check by pressing “alt+ctrl+del” to open task manager and click the process tab.

What is googleupdater.exe?

GoogleUpdater.exe is a process which belongs to the Google.com’s range of Internet search facilities provided. This program is a non-essential , can be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems.

Why its running?

This process informs the user about the new version and updates for the all the google products installed.

What’s cost of having the google updater running?

Normally when ever you use any of the google products like picasa or google screensaver you can manually update these applications but google updater on the other hand keeps on running and consuming the system resources like physical memory like RAM all the time.

So, google updater is like all those unwanted tiny applications which keeps on running in the background and making your system slow.

How to stop Google Updater from running?

1. Open start >> all programs and find Startup

2. now right click on google updater and delete it.

3. now Open Start >> Run and type services.msc

4. find the Google Updater Service, right click and select properties and select disabled in the startup type.(as shown in the image below)


5. that’s it done.

Tip: You can also uninstall google updater from your system by using add/remove programs in Windows XP and through Programs and Features in Windows Vista.


  1. Kevin says:

    Wanna try again?? It is running on my system and soes NOT EXIST in the places you reference. When you come with an answer that works, please feel free to email me with it since this was a waste of 2 minutes of my time. Thank you??

  2. Eric says:

    Just go to the control panel and remove the program from there. If you aren’t running it at start-up, there is no reason to have it at all.

  3. matt says:

    used the add/remove programs and claims to have uninstalled correctly. NOT SO the service is still listed in admin tool services! thanks google for more junkware and leaving crap on my system after uninstalling

  4. Penthor says:

    Thx. Your solution worked fine for me.

  5. Jim says:

    Googleupdater needs to figure out how to go through corporate proxy servers. They do not have an authentication method where some proxy servers like Bluecoat require Active Directory Authentication.

    Google wake up an fix this issue if you want to live in corporate America!

  6. My Digital says:

    How To Remove Background Process GoogleUpdate.exe From The System

    Generally, a computer is never really quiet in the true sense of the word. There is always something going on. One of the events behind the scene is the detection of updates. Many applications tend to create their own background processes to detect updates to their program. These processes consume your computer resource and take up your CPU memory. Many users will just disable or remove these unnecessary and extra processes. If you are a Google applications user, don’t forget GoogleUpdate.exe will also be installed while you install Goolge applications such as Google Chrome, Google Lively, Google Earth, etc.

    The GoogleUpdate is a silent background process which tries to access the internet without requesting permission from users and it doesn’t provide an automatic option for users to disable it. If you are thinking to remove or disable the GoogleUpdate.exe, you can probably try the following methods for Vista/XP.

    1. The easiest way, of course, is you can try to use any permission-based firewall to block GoogleUpdate before considering to remove it completely.

    2. Alternately, you can consider removing it permanently. However, bear in mind, by removing GoogleUpdate, it will prevent you from downloading the updates for the parent applications.

    3. To remove GoogleUpdate, firstly go to Control Panel and then go to Scheduled Tasks. Remove Google Update (Task Scheduler Object) by selecting GoogleUpdateTaskUser icon and clicking on the delete link.

    4. After removing Google Update Task Scheduler Object, the next thing to do is to delete GoogleUpdate.exe. Right click on the taskbar or press “Alt+Ctrl+Del” to run your Task Manager.

    5. In the Task Manager, just select GoogleUpdate.exe and click the End Process button. After doing this, it should be possible to delete GoogleUpdate.exe. In other cases, GoogleUpdate may be installed as a service, in which case you will need to first stop the service before attempting to delete the file.

    6. Next, open the Registry Editor (Click Start/Run and type Regedit, then back up the Registry before you make any modifications) and browse to the following subkey: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\

    7. In the right pane, locate the value named “Google Update”, right-click the name and select Delete. Click Yes to confirm the deletion. When finished, close the Registry Editor.

    8. Last, reboot your system.

  7. Emre SUMENGEN says:

    What about the service. I did uninstall it from Add/Remove Programs and the service (and the scheduled task) was still there.

    I did stop the service, delete all traces of Google Updater from hdd and registry. But the service still sits there on my “Services” page.

    It doesn’t run, but I don’t want it there :(

  8. pranjal kumar das says:

    i have been facing problem for the last three days..every time i open the internet explorer there is a error massage saying that the google updater has encountered a problem and needs to be closed down…after that the internet explorer closes down..how to fix that problem…

    help from any one would be of great help for me

  9. Chaly says:

    I am now deleting all Google inserts in Regedit/Find. It was not in Control Panel. Stopping it in both Startup and Services in MSconfig did nothing!

    What an invasion of privacy this is. It’s so sneaky, as so many programs are.

  10. Pradeep says:

    I stopped using Google products because of this google updater. I hate updaters running in the background. After all, none of google’s applications are life critical, to check for regular updates every second.

    I hate the multiple background services packaged along with ordinary applications.

  11. merlin says:

    run > cmd > msconfig >

    uncheck it from starup programs

    becareful, unchecking things here can force one to reinstall the entire operating system

  12. steve lee says:

    I have no, none, zero -0- google aps but some how i have google updater its not under startup nore is it in add remove programs, it was under services so i disabled it. any idea how this could have happend using a cleanly installed win 7 , 4 days old.

  13. TJ says:

    If you haven’t installed any google apps, chances are you have a variant of conficker. Symantec has a free conficker/downadup removal tool.

  14. Mark says:

    To totally get rid of google updater, you need to do several steps. The first thing you’ll need to do is identify the name of the google service. service, so open up Services through the start menu or control panel, and then find the name of the google service in the list that you want to delete. open up the properties by double-clicking on the google service name, and then highlight the “Service name” value and copy it to the clipboard. Right click on the google service, and go to properties. Stop the service, then disable it. Close the service window. Type in CMD in the run box to open your command window. Type “sc delete ServiceName” without the quotes (Servicename is the name of the google service that you found) You should get an service delete success message. If you go back into Window services, you will see that the google service is gone. Now go to the programs files folder, (programs filesx32) in 64 bit systems, and delete the google folder. While you are in windows explorer, open the tools menu on top, go to tools, folder options, view, show hidden files. Be careful at this point. Go to your users folder, App Data, Local, and delete the google folder from there, go back to your C drive or main drive and go into the Program Data folder, delete the google file there. Then go back into tools at the top of Windows explorer, tools ,folder options, view, and hide hidden files. Reboot your computer, and google will be gone until you re-install it again. One final note, if you use firefox, open ADD-ons, go to plugins, and delete the google update service plug in.

  15. My PC is running XP Home and is always up to date. I plan to keep Google Search and Picasa running but had other Google apps as well. The Googleupdate.exe application error was popping up in multiple occurrences numerous times during the day. My first attempt was the info on the Google site but found that most of the info was not consistent with my PC. After that the the 4 step method from this web page under the heading “How to stop Google Updater from running?” was attempted and has proven successful. The Updater wasn’t present in “Startup” so steps 1 & 2 didn’t apply. In step 3, the Services window was opened by executing “services.msc” in “Start>>Run”. Step 4 under Services I found “Google Software Updater” & “Google Update Service”. Right click each to select “properties” and under “Startup Type:” select Disable. So far no sign of the “Googleupdate.exe application error” pop-up. I may try turning the Google SW Updater to see if that causies the problem. I also removed the Google Updater application using “Add or Remove Programs”.

  16. John says:

    I have noticed that in the above thread, nobody has mentioned that Google Updater throws a couple of items into the “scheduled tasks” list. Those tasks occur at each log-in and every hour.

  17. Mike says:

    I keep getting the BlueScreen (BSOD) and having checked my Event Viewer, I have discovered that each time it happens it coincides with an error message flagged up by Google Update.

    I couldn’t see Google Update listed in my Programs and Features list (I’m on Vista) but I have changed the ‘automatic’ setting in services.msc to ‘manual’. Pity you cannot ask it to run at particular times like you can with Microsoft’s updater, as now I have to rely on my memory in order to get things updated.

    My question is really why Google Update isn’t listed in my programs list even though it is installed? Seems a little sneaky to me!!

  18. Pete says:

    Try using the task-scheduler as mentioned by John, Google seems to add several tasks to it (\Windows\Tasks\), delete them, then go to Services, disable “service googleupdate” (or something similar) Use msconfig, to disable eventual googleupdate at startup… That should do it..

    Does anyone know if the googleupdate is necessary to update google plugins in for instance Firefox (google earth etc.)? Or is it possible to do manually?

  19. errolc says:

    Pete…has the answer for me…I too, have been finding it impossible to stop both Google update and notifier from running on WinXP…uninstalled “Google update” through the control panel add remove…set the Google tool bar options off…removed from registry startup…and msconfig startup & services but still it run…and there it was in C:\windows\tasks. Notifier still runs at opening of iexplorer but only when opening iexplorer…at least now doesn’t bog down all the time…a big thanks Pete.

    All I ever wanted was to do quick and easy google searches…sheesh!

  20. Al says:

    After installing the Google Earth plugin I noticed that two “GooleUpdater” scheduled tasks had been created, so I deleted them and thought that was all I had to do. I’ve just noticed hourly errors in my system event log relating to Google Update, so now I’ve stopped and disabled the service. I couldn’t see it in Add/Remove Programs, but found the uninstall details for Google Update Helper in the registry. The keys include “SystemComponent” with a value of 1 – this hides it from the Add/Remove list.

  21. Mike says:

    Trying to uninstall in from a mac. Any ideas how too?

  22. Michael says:

    It seems to me that this amounts to much ado about little.
    We still use XP Pro on our Dell desktop machine and I have observed which programs are running during Windows bootup, via the taskmanager. Quite often I see that GoogleUpdate is running two instances, but after it completes its process, it appears that it is no longer running. So, as it seems only to operate for a rather short period at bootup, why worry about it? The amount of memory consumed doesn’t amount to anything to cause concern, especially as I’ve long since updated the originally supplies RAM from 1 to 3 GB.

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