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How to Remove or Disable GoogleUpdate.exe in XP / Vista

GoogleUpdate.exe is installed with several google applications. In runs in the background and checks for updates to google’s programs. Many people do not like extra, unnecessary processes running. Here are the directions for disabling this pesky, reoccurring application.

In google’s defense, windows does not have a good system for finding updates on non-Windows applications. Because of this, many applications install these background processes to detect when updates occur. Unfortunately, any background application will use a little CPU and memory. Therefore, many people want all, nonessential background processes removed. Here is how to do it.

The same directions will work for vista and xp. Depending on your security level, you may have to jump through a few more dialog boxes in Vista.

1. In the Control Panel go to Scheduled Tasks

2. Select GoogleUpdateTaskUser

3. Then click on the Delete link to remove it. Confirm when the dialog box appears. This will prevent the task from relaunching itself.

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4. To remove the active process, right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager from the context menu.

5. Within task manager, select GoogleUpdate.exe and press the End Process button. Confirm when the dialog box appears.

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David Kirk
David Kirk
David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.


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