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Should I remove Google+ Auto Backup?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #297
United States Rank #409
Reach 1.9489%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 39.59 days
1167.84 days >
Average installed length: 613.61 days


VersionDistribution 91.37% 0.73% 3.08% 3.62% 0.02% 1.18%

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Google+ Auto Backup

What is Google+ Auto Backup?  (from Google Inc)

When you take a photo or video with your mobile device, you can get it automatically backed up to Google+ without lifting a finger. You'll also get access to cool features like Auto Awesome, Auto Enhance, photo editor, and unlimited standard-size backups.


Google+ Auto Backup is a software program developed by Google Inc. The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named GPUploader.exe. The setup package generally installs about 595 files and is usually about 922 KB (944,128 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 42% of users of Google+ Auto Backup come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and France.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: support.google.com/plus/?p=gpautobackup
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\google\google+ auto backup\runtime
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{F38DC282-11BE-45D8-8754-D3D40F3D7FBE}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 922 KB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Google+ Auto Backup

Program executable:GPUploader.exe
Additional files:
  • contextmenumodule.dll
  • googledrivesync.exe - Google Drive
  • atl90.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008 (ATL Module for Windows (Unicode))
  • contextmenu64.dll - Google Drive shell extension
  • googledrivesync64.dll
  • mfc90.dll (by Microsoft) - MFCDLL Shared Library - Retail Version
  • mfc90u.dll
  • mfcm90.dll - MFC Managed Library - Retail Version
  • mfcm90u.dll
  • msvcm90.dll - Microsoft® C Runtime Library
  • msvcp90.dll - Microsoft® C++ Runtime Library
  • msvcr90.dll
  • nativeproxy.exe
  • contextmenu32.dll
  • google+ auto backup.exe - AutoBackup
  • googledrivesync32.dll
  • gpuploader_i18n.dll
  • inteldriver.exe
  • cpudrv.sys
  • cpudrv64.sys
  • skypebrowseroptions.dll - Skype Click to Call (Skype plug-in settings dialog)
  • skypec2cautoupdatesvc.exe - Updates Skype Click to Call
  • skypec2cpnrsvc.exe - Phone Number Recognition (PNR) module
  • skypeieplugin.dll - Skype Click to Call for Internet Explorer
  • skypepnr.dll - Skype Phone Number Recognizer
  • facebookvideocalling.exe (by Skype Limited) - Facebook Video Calling
  • gpup_qtsupport.dll
  • hpbuio32.dll (by Hewlett-Packard Company) - HP Unified IO (HP Unified IO API)
  • hpunifiediodotnet.dll (by Hewlett-Packard Company) - HP Unified IO API .NET Wrapper
  • log4net.dll (by The Apache Software Foundation) - log4net (Apache log4net for .NET Framework 2.0)
  • newtonsoft.json.dll (by Newtonsoft) - Json.NET (Json.NET .NET 3.5)
  • npfacebookvideocalling.dll (by Skype Limited) - Facebook Video Calling Plugin
  • sqmapi.dll - SQM Client
  • srldetect_intel_4.5.13.0.dll (by Husdawg) - System Requirements Lab
  • tbnotifier.exe (by APN) - Ask TBNotifier (Ask Toolbar Notifier)
  • utils.dll (by Intel) - Intel® WiDi (Platform Detection Library)
  • utils64.dll (by Intel)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Context Menu Handlers
  • contextmenu64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'GDContextMenu' with a class of {BB02B294-8425-42E5-983F-41A1FA970CD6}.
  • contextmenu32.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'GDContextMenu' with a class of {BB02B294-8425-42E5-983F-41A1FA970CD6}.
  • googledrivesync64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'BitSec' with a class of {81539FE6-33C7-4CE7-90C7-1C7B8F2F2D40}.
Google Chrome Plugin
  • npfacebookvideocalling.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npFacebookVideoCalling.dll'.
Internet Explorer BHO
  • skypeieplugin.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Skype add-on for Internet Explorer' with the class of {AE805869-2E5C-4ED4-8F7B-F1F7851A4497} (SkypeIEPluginBHO).
Internet Explorer Extension
  • skypeieplugin.dll is installed as an Internet Explorer extension as 'Skype add-on for Internet Explorer (toolbar button)' with a class of {898EA8C8-E7FF-479B-8935-AEC46303B9E5}.
Mozilla Plugin
  • npfacebookvideocalling.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@Skype Limited.com/Facebook Video Calling Plugin' with a plugin key of '@Skype Limited.com/Facebook Video Calling Plugin'.
Scheduled Task
  • googledrivesync.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{7280C103-22D5-4BD8-909B-B903441EDFB3}' (runs on registration).
2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • googledrivesync.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named GoogleDriveSync_Reg_HKCURun_S-1-5-21-439931546-3995895208-2152565452-1001.
  • tbnotifier.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named ApnTBMon.
2 Services
  • skypec2cpnrsvc.exe runs as a service named 'c2cpnrsvc' (c2cpnrsvc) "Provides phone number recognition services.".
  • skypec2cautoupdatesvc.exe runs as a service named 'c2cautoupdatesvc' (c2cautoupdatesvc) "Downloads and installs product updates.".
2 Startup Files (User Run)
  • googledrivesync.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'GoogleDriveSync' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Google\Drive\googledrivesync.exe" /autostart.
  • google+ auto backup.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Google+ Auto Backup' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Google\Google+ Auto Backup\Google+ Auto Backup.exe" /autostart.
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • googledrivesync.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'GoogleDriveSync' which loads as C:\Program Files\Google\Drive\googledrivesync.exe.
  • tbnotifier.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ApnTBMon' which loads as "C:\Program Files\AskPartnerNetwork\Toolbar\Updater\TBNotifier.exe".
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • googledrivesync.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Google\Drive\googledrivesync.exe'.
  • facebookvideocalling.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Facebook\Video\Skype\FacebookVideoCalling.exe'.
  • tbnotifier.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\AskPartnerNetwork\Toolbar\Updater\TBNotifier.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:22.45 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0003715733%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00017003%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00020155%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,664,952
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:5.2 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:10.35 KB
105.02 KB average
google+ auto backup.exe
Memory:11.62 MB
Total CPU:0.0244299875%
Kernel CPU:0.01371740%
User CPU:0.01071259%
CPU cycles/sec:2,893,096
I/O reads/min:33.65 KB
I/O writes/min:62.13 KB
Memory:2.24 MB
Total CPU:0.0003701017%
Kernel CPU:0.00019110%
User CPU:0.00017900%
CPU cycles/sec:5,579

How do I remove Google+ Auto Backup?

You can uninstall Google+ Auto Backup from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Google+ Auto Backup, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Google+ Auto Backup.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Google+ Auto Backup you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.30%
Windows 10 26.52%
Windows XP 4.58%
Windows Vista 1.59%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 41.46%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.91%
Windows 7 Professional 10.76%
Windows 8.1 8.13%
Windows 10 Home 6.35%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.53%

Distribution by countryGeography

42.22% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 42.22%
  Germany 8.40%
  France 5.25%
  United Kingdom 5.18%
  India 3.41%
  Canada 3.14%
  Netherlands 3.08%
  Italy 2.72%
  Belgium 1.97%
  Australia 1.89%
  Brazil 1.80%
  Israel 1.13%
  Finland 1.03%
  DK 0.98%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.17%
Dell 22.00%
Acer 17.61%
ASUS 10.09%
Toshiba 7.58%
Samsung 4.29%
Lenovo 3.51%
Medion 1.92%
Intel 1.65%
American Megatrends 0.73%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.80%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.85%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.27%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.86%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.48%
HP G62 Notebook PC 2.00%

About Google Inc

Google provides Internet-based products and services such as advertising technologies, internet search, cloud computing, and software.
Publisher URL: www.google.com

comments2 comments

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Barneygoogleover a year ago
Don't you hate it when someone says the bleeding obvious . . . and you hadn't thought of it yourself! Thank you - removed Google+ Auto Backup, via Uninstall - end of my Google+ reminder problems!
user comment
nameover a year ago
How did it get installed in the first place