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What percent of users and experts removed it?
27% remove it73% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,274
United States Rank #1,028
Reach 0.5400%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 20.18 days
595.23 days >
Average installed length: 312.75 days


2.4.2432.1652 80.51%
2.4.2166.3772 1.12%
2.4.1970.7372 1.89%
2.4.1908.5032 0.33%
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2.4.1536.6592 8.41%
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Other programs by Google Inc

Google Updater

What is Google Updater?

Google products use a process called Google Update to periodically check for updates. This process sends information, such as version number, language, operating system, and other installation or update-related details, back to Google servers. Google Updater is a program which runs in the background of Windows and automatically starts up when your PC boots. It checks for software updates and automatically downloads and installs them if found.

About  (from Google Inc)

To make sure that you're protected by the latest security updates, Google Chrome automatically updates whenever it detects that a new version of the browser is available. The update process happens in the background and doesn't require any action on your part. Google Chrome uses Google Update to keep you up to date wit...  Read more


The most common release is 2.4.2432.1652, 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. 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. The primary executable is named googleupdater.exe. The setup package generally installs about 29 files and is usually about 3.82 MB (4,003,253 bytes). The installed file SearchWithGoogleUpdate.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.google.com
Help link: pack.google.com:80/pack-support?hl=en&gl=us
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Google\Google Updater
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Google\Google Updater\GoogleUpdater.exe" -uninstall
Estimated size: 3.82 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Google Updater

Program executable:googleupdater.exe
Name:Google Updater
Path:C:\Program Files\google\google updater\googleupdater.exe
Additional files:
  • SearchWithGoogleUpdate.exe - GoogleToolbarNotifier
  • SearchWithGoogleUpdate_en.exe
  • SearchWithGoogleUpdate_en-GB.exe
  • SearchWithGoogleUpdate_nl.exe
  • GoogleUpdaterSetup.exe - Google Updater
  • npCIDetect.dll - Google Updater plugin<br><a href="http://www.google.com/">http://www.google.com/</a>
  • npCIDetect4.dll - Google Updater plugin<br><a href="http://pack.google.com/">http://pack.google.com/</a>

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Mozilla Plugins
  • npCIDetect4.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@pack.google.com/Google Updater;version=4' with a plugin key of '@pack.google.com/Google Updater;version=4' for all users of the PC.
  • npCIDetect.dll is loaded into Mozilla Firefox under the product name '@pack.google.com/Google Updater;version=3' with a plugin key of '@pack.google.com/Google Updater;version=3' for all users of the PC.
Scheduled Task
  • GoogleUpdater.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Google-Online-Aktualisierungsprogramm' (runs weekly on Mondays at 10:00).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • GoogleUpdater.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Google Updater' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Google\Google Updater\GoogleUpdater.exe" -check_deprecation.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • GoogleUpdater.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Google\Google Updater\GoogleUpdater.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:5.34 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.6247667758%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.41472540%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.21004137%
0.015104% average
I/O reads/min:54.22 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:28.68 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Google Updater?

You can uninstall Google Updater 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 Updater, 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 Updater.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Google Updater you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win Vista (SP2) 45%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 27%
Keep it 73%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 48.27%
Windows 7 30.11%
Windows XP 20.36%
Windows 10 1.25%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 40.38%
Windows 7 Home Premium 21.14%
Microsoft Windows XP 20.01%
Windows Vista Home Basic 4.92%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.56%
Windows 7 Professional 3.43%

Distribution by countryGeography

58.14% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 58.14%
  Germany 10.85%
  United Kingdom 6.32%
  Canada 3.19%
  Italy 2.72%
  Spain 2.20%
  Netherlands 2.03%
  Australia 1.80%
  Belgium 1.50%
  Austria 0.83%
  Israel 0.79%
  Sweden 0.65%
  Greece 0.53%
  Argentina 0.51%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 30.50%
Hewlett-Packard 27.60%
Acer 11.35%
Toshiba 8.98%
Medion 4.92%
Intel 4.29%
American Megatrends 3.25%
Sahara 1.74%
Gateway 1.49%
Samsung 1.27%
Common models
Dell Inspiron 530 7.02%
MEDIONPC MS-7502 4.14%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.88%
Dell Inspiron 1525 3.36%
Dell Inspiron 530s 3.17%
HP Pavilion dv6700 Notebo... 3.17%

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


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