Should I block it?

60% of PCs block this file from running.
Possible reason:
Performance resource utilization

VersionsAdditional versions

2.4.2617.4952.beta 72.68%
2.4.2432.1652.beta 4.57%
2.4.2166.3772.beta 0.12%
2.4.1970.7372.beta 0.25%
2.4.1636.7222.beta 0.12%
2.4.1441.4352.beta 0.12%
2.0.711.37800.beta 22.00%
2.0.711.37800.beta 0.12%


Parent process
Related files


Google Updater by Google Inc (Signed)

Remove GoogleUpdaterService.exe
Version:   2.4.2617.4952.beta
MD5:   5d4bc124faae6730ac002cdb67bf1a1c
SHA1:   a0518ff004e75f16aed891285b4d26a8bedcbf5b
SHA256:   00294f4dc7d17f6dd2a22b9c3299bed40146ba45c972367154d20db502472551

What is GoogleUpdaterService.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 Updater is a Windows Service 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 GoogleUpdaterService.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:googleupdaterservice.exe
Product name:Google Updater
Typical file path:C:\Program Files\google\common\google updater\googleupdaterservice.exe
File version:2.4.2617.4952.beta
Size:189.48 KB (194,032 bytes)
Issued to:Google Inc
Authority (CA):VeriSign
Expiration date:Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Digital DNA
File packed:No
More details


Runs under 'SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services' by the Service Controller (services.exe)
  • 'gusvc' (Google Software Updater)
  • gusvc
Scheduled tasks
  • The job 'Google Software Updater' runs daily in the path '\Google Software Updater'
  • Entry path 'C:\WINDOWS.0\Tasks\Google Software Updater.job'
  • Entry path 'C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\Google Software Updater.job'
  • Entry path '\Google Software Updater'

ResourcesResource utilization

(Note: statistics below are averages based on a minimum sample size of 200 unique participants)
Total CPU:0.01612968%
User CPU:0.01612968%
Private (maximum):5.01 MB
Private (minimum):5.01 MB

BehaviorsProcess properties

Command line:"C:\Program Files\google\common\google updater\googleupdaterservice.exe"
Windows Service
Service name:gusvc
Display name:Google Software Updater
Description:“Google Updater keeps your Google software up to date. If Google Updater Service is disabled or stopped, your Google software will not be kept up to date, meaning security vulnerabilities that may arise cannot be fixed and features may not work.”
Parent process:services.exe (Services and Controller app by Microsoft)

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Windows 7 Home Premium 37.50%
Windows 7 Ultimate 15.50%
Microsoft Windows XP 13.50%
Windows 7 Professional 6.50%
Windows Vista Home Premium 5.00%
Windows 8.1 3.50%
Windows 8 3.50%
Windows 8.1 Pro 3.00%
Windows 8 Pro 3.00%
Windows 7 Home Basic 2.50%
Windows 7 Starter 1.00%
Windows 8.1 N 0.50%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 0.50%
Windows 8 Enterprise N 0.50%
Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation 0.50%
Windows 8.1 Enterprise 0.50%
Windows 8 Enterprise 0.50%
Windows Seven Black Edition 0.50%
Windows Vista Ultimate 0.50%
Windows Vista Business 0.50%
Windows 8 Single Language 0.50%
22 other Windows OS version

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 37.88% of Google Updater.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
Dell 22.38%
Hewlett-Packard 14.80%
ASUS 14.44%
Acer 9.75%
Toshiba 9.39%
Sony 7.94%
Lenovo 6.50%
Intel 5.78%
Compaq 2.89%
Samsung 1.08%
Alienware 0.72%
Medion 0.72%
MSI 0.72%
Sahara 0.36%
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