Last edited by weegillis; 07-19-2011 at 01:49 PM. Reason: bbcode correction
After I installed it, there was this ridiculous "googleupdater.exe" I believe it was, that added itself to the Start UP tab in MSCONFIG! I don't think so! I don't play that crap, why do I want yet another thing running in the background "hijacking" my PC at its wish? Apparently that's its only option--to have to have that thing running all the time in order to update??
.....uhhhhhh...........yeah.................why didn't I think of that. That was most helpful.Well, don't do that anymore.
Yeah I noticed it with G Earth too.Big G tries to sneak in googleupdater.exe along with other applications as well. I've got my firewall set to block its attempts to call home - on my machine, it was every hour at 11 minutes past the hour - so as to not have to be constantly on the lookout for it.
I also don't like programs that run in the background and are placed on my machine without my knowledge or consent, like Google Updater. (Weren't they dedicated to not being evil?).
As people find out soon enough, it can't just be turned off using msconfig or the registry directly since it comes back, however here's one trick to get rid of it.
First, if you don't want it, turn it off in services for one (run services.msc), if I recall, then...
For each instance of it's exe under C:\Program Files\Google, rename it to .exe.off or something and create a folder with the same name as the exe.
So you wind up with stuff like this:
C:\Program Files\Google\Update\126.96.36.199\GoogleUpdate.exe.of f (the original file, note this site might inject unwanted spaces there)
C:\Program Files\Google\Update\188.8.131.52\GoogleUpdate.exe (a new directory)
Now when the sneaky and hideous humpback Google whatever process hiding in the dungeons of my puter tries to activate the GoogleUpdate.exe monster, it runs into a wall, says oh crap, can't move any further, sits down and shuts up dejected. High five, I win (except that I know there are still shufflings in the dungeon).