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What is googleupdate.exe?

Part of Google Update by Google

What is it?

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.
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 (gupdate1c9bf34c6a32016). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network.

How does googleupdate.exe start?

Startup files (user) run - googleupdate.exe is registered with the run identifier 'Google Update' and the execution command '"C:\users\user\appdata\Local\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 '\GoogleUpdateTaskUserS-1-5-21-2328753964-4212721568-1522285346-1000Core'. 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 0.2% of all Boost users have the googleupdate.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of googleupdate.exe users, 82.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is googleupdate.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00123% CPU12330.9%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
155.63 MB RAM722.8%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 40 /min1.8%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
         7 GDI objects4.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:

Are there other versions of Google Update?

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?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.131072)
Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows Vista Ultimate (6.0.6000.0)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6001.65536)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6001.65536)
Windows Vista (TM) Business (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6002.131072)
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)

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File details

File name: googleupdate.exe
Publisher: Google Inc. (verified)
Name: Google Update
Description: Google Installer
Size: 129.98 KB
Original file name: GoogleUpdate.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: Google Inc
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 6/18/2007
Expiration date: 6/18/2010

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0015134575%
Privileged CPU: 0.0002803668%
User CPU: 0.00123309069196%
Total CPU time: 70,214 ms
Total CPU time /min: 4 ms
Privileged CPU time: 26003.39 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 2 ms
User CPU time: 44371.14 ms
User CPU time /min: 3 ms
CPU cycle count: 885,597,311
CPU cycle count /min: 81,095,038
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 213.97 MB
Peak committed memory: 217.04 MB
Paged memory: 155.63 MB
Peak paged memory: 155.71 MB
Paged system memory: 100.19 KB
Non-paged system memory: 7.69 KB
Working set memory: 9.83 MB
Peak working set memory: 77.9 MB
Min working set memory: 9.83 MB
Private memory: 155.63 MB
Page faults: 98,128
Page faults /min: 11
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 386
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 389.19 KB
Read transfer /min: 150 Bytes
Total write operations: 217
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 24.38 KB
Write transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Total other operations: 18,405
Other operations /min: 2
Total other transfer: 428.34 KB
Other Transfer /min: 99 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 7
Peak GDI objects: 8
USER objects: 3
Peak USER objects: 3
Handle count average: 202
Thread count average: 6
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
Parent Processes
Child Processes
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /c
"C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /c
C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe /c
"C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /c
"C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" -Embedding

Startup files (user) run details

Name: Google Update
Command: "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /c

Service details

Name: gupdate1c9bf34c6a32016

Scheduled task details

Name: GoogleUpdateTaskUserS-1-5-21-3233070301-3148300496-4065998458-1000UA
Command: \GoogleUpdateTaskUserS-1-5-21-3233070301-3148300496-4065998458-1000UA

Scheduled tasks startup details

Name: C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\GoogleUpdateTaskMachineCore1ce84615a736d32.job

Image hashes

MD5: 626a24ed1228580b9518c01930936df9
SHA-1: dcb86149b70829bb4320811b12686ae00131dbc3
SHA-256: cbd94ab1e5477d7288799d17528cc43d572e711da0f2b0c784a0b9fe105bf0f4

PE image details

File entropy: 5.81134
File packed: No
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