How to Block or Delete Google Update Files

Where to find and block/delete googleupdate.exe

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Google Chrome, Google Earth, and an untold number of other Google applications may install an update mechanism named googleupdate.exe, googleupdater.exe, or something similar.

The file might continually attempt to access the internet without requesting permission and without providing an option to disable it. This behavior may persist even after the parent application has been removed.

You can use a portable version of Google Chrome to avoid installing services and other automated Google Update files.

How to Block or Remove Google Update Files

While there's no single way to rid the system of Google Update files without deleting the parent application, consider these tips...

Instead of removal, a permission-based firewall program like ZoneAlarm can be used to temporarily block Google Update files.

If desired, the steps below can be used to completely remove GoogleUpdate from the system.

Before attempting any manual removal, it's a good idea to back up the files you're removing (by either saving another copy elsewhere or just moving the file, not deleting it) as well as make a separate backup of the system registry. Also, remember that removing Google Update files will impact the parent applications' ability to download updates.

  1. Open Task Manager or System Configuration (with the msconfig Run command) to stop Google Update tasks from running at startup.

  2. Remove any Google Update tasks in the Task Scheduler program (through the taskschd.msc command) or %windir%\Tasks folders. Others might be found in C:\Windows\System32\Tasks.

  3. Locate all instances of the Google Update files by searching all your hard drives for googleupd or googleupd*. The * wildcard might be required depending on your search tool.

  4. Make copies of any files found, noting their original location. Depending on the OS, some or all of the files from below might be found.

  5. You should be able to delete the GoogleUpdateHelper.msi file without any problems. However, to delete GoogleUpdate.exe, you first need to use Task Manager to stop the running task (if it's running). In other cases, Google Update files 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 Registry Editor 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.

  8. Right-click it and select Delete.

  9. Click Yes to confirm the deletion.

  10. When finished, close Registry Editor and reboot the system.

Common Locations of Google Update Files

The googleupdate.exe file is most likely in an Update folder within the Google application's installation directory. There might also be some GoogleUpdateHelper, GoogleUpdateBroker, GoogleUpdateCore, and GoogleUpdateOnDemand files.

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update\[version]\GoogleUpdateBroker.exe
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update\[version]\GoogleUpdateHelper.msi
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update\[version]\GoogleUpdateCore.exe
  • C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
  • C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Google\Update\[version]\GoogleUpdateHelper.msi
  • C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Google\Update\[version]\GoogleUpdateBroker.exe
  • C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Google\Update\[version]\GoogleUpdateCore.exe

These files might instead be found in the C:\Users\[username\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Update\ folder if you're using an old version of Windows.

32-bit program files are found in the C:\Program Files\ folder while 64-bit ones use C:\Program Files (x86)\.