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Google Update by Google Inc (Signed)

Remove GoogleUpdate.exe


There are 7 versions of googleupdate.exe in the wild, the latest version being It is started as a Windows Service called 'gupdate'. In addition, it is run under the context of the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges (the administrator accounts have the same privileges). By adding a startup entry to the run registry key, the file will be executed when the user logs into Windows. The average file size is about 174.13 KB. The file is a digitally signed and issued to Google Inc by VeriSign. Some variations of the file have been seen to be installed with the program Google Earth from Google Inc. During the process's lifecycle, the typical CPU resource utilization is less than 0.01%, the average private memory consumption is about 32.04 MB. Addionally, typically read and write I/O disk operations is about 143 Bytes per minute for reads and 2 Bytes per minute for writes.

What is googleupdate.exe?

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 Installer is a program which runs in the background of Windows and automatically starts up when your PC boots. It checks for software udpates and automatically downloads and installs them if found.

About googleupdate.exe (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


File name:googleupdate.exe
Publisher:Google Inc.
Product name:Google Update
Description:Google Installer
Typical file path:C:\users\user\appdata\local\google\update\googleupdate.exe
Issued to:Google Inc
Authority (CA):VeriSign
Effective date:Monday, June 18, 2007
Expiration date:Friday, June 18, 2010
Windows Service
Display name:gupdate

ResourcesPrograms installed in

(Note, the programs listed below are for all versions of Google Update.)
Google Inc
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Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. Google Earth is simply based on 3D maps, with the capability to show 3D buildings and structures (such as bridges), which con...


(Note, the behaviors below are for all versions of googleupdate.exe, select a unique version for details.)
Runs under 'SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services' by the Service Controller (services.exe)
  • gupdate
Startup files (user) run
Runs under the registry key 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run'
  • 'Google Update' → "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /c

VersionsAll file variations of googleupdate.exe

MD5SHA-1File size
f02a533f517eb38333cb12a9e8963773 258810d71436c5157cd0752bd13ce1de20f27eb2 132.98 KB
0013116d309ebb08028761577e61ca5f 52bfbf22728f23bab830c25bbc4aa2ef3a5338ce 204.98 KB
9a90847e980d608a16e48cd5c1a25e73 19dea455e1564b3765805457347b367ed5eff16c 208.98 KB
d9d46d32e503406b4aefbcb445df42fa 08868605d128a90f29636881b714c3ce0b58f23e 200.98 KB
8f0de4fef8201e306f9938b0905ac96a d2e2915087427be8ea88b4a174c334c578208e78 132.48 KB
432696c90cbf376e5c82665de57f7c58 956da3c88fcb7414c7ec111d062928ab8e2b7e94 208.48 KB
626a24ed1228580b9518c01930936df9 dcb86149b70829bb4320811b12686ae00131dbc3 129.98 KB

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Windows 7 Home Premium 55.50%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.75%
Microsoft Windows XP 10.00%
Windows 7 Professional 8.25%
Windows Vista Home Premium 4.25%
Windows 7 Home Basic 1.75%
Windows 7 Starter 1.75%
Windows Vista Home Basic 1.25%
Windows Developer Preview 1.25%
Windows 8.1 1.25%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 53.40% of Google Update.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
Dell 21.94%
Toshiba 20.50%
Hewlett-Packard 16.19%
ASUS 10.43%
Acer 8.81%
Lenovo 5.76%
NEC 3.60%
Sony 3.24%
Samsung 2.16%
Sahara 2.16%
American Megatrends 1.44%
MSI 1.08%
Alienware 0.90%
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