Google Chrome, Google Earth, Google Plus and several other Google applications may install an update mechanism called googleupdate.exe, googleupdater.exe, or something else with similar name. This mechanism may repeatedly try to access the Internet without even seeking your permission or allowing you to disable it. Unfortunately, this behavior may continue even after you remove the parent application from your system. Though there’s no particular way to get rid of googleupdate, the following tips get details about the install locations.

Steps to remove googleupdate.exe from your pc

1.  Instead of attempting to remove GoogleUpdate.exe, you can use a permission-based firewall such as ZoneAlarm to block Googleupdate for time being. Next, follow the steps described below to completely get rid of Googleupdate from your system. However, before you attempt to remove the update manually, it’s a good idea to take a backup of your pc and also of the system registry.

2. To locate instances of googleupdate, you need to first search all local fixed drives for googleupd or googleupd* (depending upon the search utility, you may need to use * wildcard.

3. When you locate the instances, make copies of the files you have located, and note down their original location. Depending on the OS, some or all of the following instances may be located:

  • Google Update (Task Scheduler Object)
  • Googleupdate.exe (Application) (two or more locations)
  • GoogleUpdateHelper.msi (Windows Installer Package)

4. You might not face any problems in deleting the Google Update Task Scheduler Object and the GoogleUpdateHelper.msi. However, to delete googleupdate.exe, you’re first required to launch Task Manager, locate the running Google Update process, and stop it. Next, try to delete Googleupdate.exe. There is also a possibility that, GoogleUpdate may be installed as a service, in that case you first need to stop the service before attempting to erase the file.

5. Next, open the Registry Editor (Start-> Run-> Enter REGEDIT -> OK) and go to the following subkey:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\

6.  In the right pane, identify the value called “Google Update”, right-click the name and select Delete. Click Yes to confirm your selection. When through, close the Registry Editor.

7. After following the steps described above, reboot your pc.

By following the steps above, you can attempt to remove googleupdate.exe from your pc. In case, you still face any issues pertaining to this or any other problem in your system, you can get in touch with a remote pc repair professional like fixit99.com, who can help you get rid of unwanted pc errors and clean and optimize it too.  The fixit99 team can also help you diagnose and repair software issues, spyware infections, registry repair, and hijacked web browser 24×7.  Get in touch with us now!