Google Chrome updater ALWAYS running

by samstephens 8 replies
I installed Google Chrome earlier today to give it a whirl.

I haven't formed any strong opinions either way with the browser itself, but it does have a very annoying side-effect:

A process called "Google Updater" is always running in the background on your computer, even after you've quit out of the browser.

It's designed (presumably) to check for updates to the browser.

Because of this, there is no reason why it should be a seperate process that continues to run even after you close the browser window down.

So if you don't want Google continually checking for updates in the background, make sure you close this process down.

I assume there's an option in the software, though I just removed mine from my start up items.

Just a heads up for other people who don't like software apps dropping their baggage around!

cheers
Sam
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  • Profile picture of the author VinceNouvel
    Thanks for the heads up.. Just thinking of Downloading them into my PC.

    Cheers,
    Vince
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    • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
      I use Ccleaner as a quick way to identify and disable unwanted startup items like google updater. Google and every other company under the sun wants to update you all the time.. I just disable all such things that are put in my startup.

      My normal process is to head to Ccleaner right after I install a program that might have a startup enabled component and disable it.
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      • Profile picture of the author John Motson
        Thanks for the heads up! I removed it too.

        John
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        • Profile picture of the author JeffersonB
          I installed it and look at it... hate it!

          The view is too big... just generally uncomfortable
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      • Profile picture of the author samstephens
        Good move with CCleaner - I haven't heard of it before, but sounds like a good tool.

        I don't mind if things check for updates when I start them up, but I just don't like it when they check whenever they please.

        I just had 5 instances of the updater running because my firewall was blocking the connection (haven't rebooted since I remove Google from my startup items).

        cheers
        Sam
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        • Profile picture of the author mario_a
          I installed Chrome today, and I noticed that a scheduled task to run the Google updater was created automatically, and this task was set to run when ever the computer was idle. I disabled this scheduled task otherwise the updater would kick in the moment the computer went idle.

          Regards,
          Mario
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          • Profile picture of the author donlester
            It is always unfortunate when software makers do things like that .You would think they would at least give you the option to adjust the frequency on setup. I have had other software do the same thing, usually anti virus software, but you normally don't mind those and they do it periodically typically daily or weekly. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I will be adjusting that task if I continue to use chrome. Haven't come to any conclusion on whether it is worth switching or not.

            Don
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