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What is googleupdate.exe?

Part of Google Update by Google

What is it?

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.
Description of googleupdate.exe from Google
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 with the latest and most secure version of Chrome. In order to provide greater transparency and to make the technology available to other applications, the Google Update technology is open source. Google Update periodically sends a non-unique four-letter tag to Google which contains information about how you obtained Google Chrome. This tag is not personally identifiable, does not encode any information about when you obtained Google Chrome, and is shared with everyone who obtained Google Chrome the same way. Google Update also sends other information that helps us understand how many people are using Chrome and how often they use it.
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How does googleupdate.exe run?

Service - googleupdate.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'gupdate' (Google Update Service (gupdate)). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. Google Update Service (gupdate) runs as a program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. This type of service runs in a process by itself.

How does googleupdate.exe start?

Startup files (user) run - googleupdate.exe is registered with the run identifier 'Google Update' and the execution command '"C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /c' in the Windows registry HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when a user logs into Windows.
Scheduled task - googleupdate.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name 'C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\GoogleUpdateTaskUserS-1-5-21-1202660629-1580818891-1343024091-500Core.job'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.
Scheduled tasks startup - googleupdate.exe is launched automatically when a user logs into Windows by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\GoogleUpdateTaskMachineCore'. With Scheduled Tasks, any script, program, or document can be configured to run when a user logs into the PC. These tasks start every time that Windows is booted and runs in the background.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the googleupdate.exe process running.Of the 0.1% of googleupdate.exe users, 78.0% have disabled it.
How stable is Google Update?
Based on crash data discovered by Boost, stability is a measure of how sound this particular process and the average percent of times it crashes.
Typical program1.26%
How resource intensive is googleupdate.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
7.31543% CPU73154289.4%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          4.9 MB RAM22.8%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
     100 /min4.4%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
         8 GDI objects5.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
1,460 context switches/sec1460.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\google\update\googleupdate.exe

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by Google Update.

What else is related?

Google Update Stability

googleupdate.exe crashes or has encountered a critical error 0.8900% of the time.
Error: Stopped working (BEX)
Occurred on: August 18, 2013
Error: Dej de funcionar (APPCRASH)
Occurred: over 6 months ago
Error: Stopped working (BEX)
Occurred: over 6 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.131072)
Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Microsoft Windows XP (5.2.3790.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6000.0)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6000.0)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Basic (6.0.6001.65536)
Windows Vista (TM) Business (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Basic (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6002.131072)

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File details

File name: googleupdate.exe
Publisher: Google Inc. (verified)
Name: Google Update
Description: Google Installer
Size: 113.91 KB
Original file name: GoogleUpdate.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: Google Inc

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 7.5929057993%
Privileged CPU: 0.2774768558%
User CPU: 7.31542894350574%
Privileged CPU time: 88596.09 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 481,383,804
CPU cycle count /min: 3,666,420
Context switches /sec: 1,460
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 66.31 MB
Peak committed memory: 70.82 MB
Paged memory: 4.9 MB
Peak paged memory: 5.34 MB
Paged system memory: 97.82 KB
Non-paged system memory: 10.52 KB
Working set memory: 3.74 MB
Peak working set memory: 7.98 MB
Min working set memory: 3.74 MB
Private memory: 4.9 MB
Page faults: 4,507
Page faults /min: 38
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 124
Read operations /min: 3
Total read transfer: 7.07 MB
Read transfer /min: 138.89 KB
Total write operations: 67
Write operations /min: 2
Total write transfer: 3.38 MB
Write transfer /min: 68.9 KB
Total other operations: 2,003
Other operations /min: 12
Total other transfer: 52.91 KB
Other Transfer /min: 166 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 8
Peak GDI objects: 10
USER objects: 4
Peak USER objects: 4
Handle count average: 158
Thread count average: 6
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Processes
Child Processes
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /c
"C:\Documents and Settings\Ruben Baptista\Configuración local\Datos de programa\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /c
"C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /svc
"C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /c
"C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /ua /installsource scheduler

Service details

Name: Google Update Service (gupdate)
Service name: gupdate
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “Keeps your Google software up to date. If this 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. This service uninstalls itself when there is no Google software using it.”

Startup files (user) run details

Name: Google Update
Command: "C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /c

Scheduled task details

Name: GoogleUpdateTaskUserS-1-5-21-2965743245-1002439402-404477519-1006UA
Command: C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\GoogleUpdateTaskUserS-1-5-21-2965743245-1002439402-404477519-1006UA.job

Scheduled tasks startup details

Name: \GoogleUpdateTaskMachineCore1ce7f66d469a5ef

Network connectivity

UDP: LISTENING on port 1121
Windows Firewall allowed program: Yes

Image hashes

MD5: 506708142bc63daba64f2d3ad1dcd5bf
SHA-1: d30e8c7543adbc801d675068530b57d75cabb13f
SHA-256: 9c36a08d9e7932ff4da7b5f24e6b42c92f28685b8abe964c870e8d7670fd531a

PE image details

File packed: No
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