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Disable GoogleUpdate.exe

Could you please advise how to disable the GoogleUpdate.exe process, so that it *only* runs when a Google application is running?

At present, I only have two Google applications installed, so do not want/need it running all of the time:

Google Earth
Google Chrome

I have blocked the process with the Comodo Firewall.  I found that today the process had made over 40 blocked attempts to access the Internet.

I am using Windows XP Home SP 3.

Thanks.
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souseranCommented:
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souseranCommented:
If that method doesn't work for you, try this one. However, note that this one also requires you to make changes to the system registry.

How To Remove Background Process GoogleUpdate.exe From The System

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2008/10/20/how-to-remove-background-process-googleupdateexe-from-the-system/
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rockomsockomrobotsCommented:
You can remove the Google Update from the msconfig within windows.

If you go to the start menu and then run. Type in "msconfig", this will bring up the System Configuration and then click on the Startup tab.

All you have to do now is simply uncheck the Google Update in the list and then restart the computer.
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satyan1894Commented:
Why should you stop the GoogleUpdate.exe?
Well, basically because it downloads the updates even when you dont need them and it also consumes part of your Internet bandwidth, without asking your permission. So, lets see how you can remove GoogleUpdate.exe from your computer! GoogleUpdate.exe adds itself to the Windows scheduler, but it doesn't add itself to the system startup. Therefore, you cant really remove it using the msconfig command.
So, to remove the GoogleUpdate.exe from your Windows Vista computer, simply follow these direction on the below mentioned link.
http://www.worldstart.com/tips/tips.php/5184
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Richard2000Author Commented:
Thanks for your comments.  I did the following:

1) Ran msconfig and deselected GoogleUpdate.exe from Start-Up.  This was the only change I made.
2) Disabled the GoogleUpdate task in Control Panel.

This seems to have worked fine.  However, each time I restart my PC I see the message below.  Is this normal?  What should I do with the message?  Is it okay leaving msconfig in the Selective Startup mode?

"System Configuration Utility

You have used the System Configuration Utility to make changes to the way Windows starts.

The System Configuration Utility is currently in Diagnostic or Selective Startup mode, causing the message to be displayed and the utility to run every time Windows starts.

Choose the Normal Startup mode on the General tab to start Windows normally and undo the changes made using the System Configuration Utility.

< CheckBox > Don't show this message or launch the System Configuration Utility when Windows starts."
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satyan1894Commented:
Okay, We need to made some registry changes to get back to the Normal Mode
>First take the registry backup
>Delete the fallowing keys from the registry and check the Msconfig then it will automatically gets to the normal mode.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SharedTools\MSConfig\startupfolder
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupreg


 
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Richard2000Author Commented:
Would it be okay to just check the box on the message and stick with Selective Startup mode?

If I wanted to go to Normal Mode, I could just select the Normal Mode in msconfig?  But this would reset my change and GoogleUpdate.exe would run again on start-up?
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satyan1894Commented:
Why do you ever unwanted the googleUpdate.exe to run at startup?
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Richard2000Author Commented:
I would like to keep GoogleUpdate.exe from running on startup.  However, I am unsure about the message I get from msconfig that shows each time I start Windows.
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Richard2000Author Commented:
Due to the issue I mentioned with msconfig, I disabled the program from start-up by using Software Explorer in Windows Defender instead.
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