Tuesday, 21 October 2008

How to delete Googleupdate.exe in Windows XP and Vista

When you install Google applications like Chrome or Desktop onto your computer an exe named GoogleUpdate.exe is also included in the package. This runs in the background and checks for updates for Google’s programs. This pesky little updater runs as a process in Windows XP and Vista and chews up valuable memory! Since everyone knows that having too many running processes can slow your computer down, it makes sense to disable Googleupdate completely. Here's how you do it:

- Go to your Control Panel -> Scheduled Tasks

- Select GoogleUpdateTaskUser

- Then right-click GoogleUpdateTaskUser and click Delete. This will prevent the task from relaunching itself.

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

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

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