What is googleupdate.exe?

googleupdate.exe is part of Google Update and developed by Google Inc. according to the googleupdate.exe version information.

googleupdate.exe's description is "Google Installer"

googleupdate.exe is digitally signed by Google Inc.

googleupdate.exe is usually located in the 'c:\program files (x86)\google\update\' folder.

None of the anti-virus scanners at VirusTotal reports anything malicious about googleupdate.exe.

If you have additional information about the file, please share it with the FreeFixer users by posting a comment at the bottom of this page.

Vendor and version information [?]

The following is the available information on googleupdate.exe:

Product nameGoogle Update
Company nameGoogle Inc.
File descriptionGoogle Installer
Internal nameGoogle Update
Original filenameGoogleUpdate.exe
Legal copyrightCopyright 2007-2010 Google Inc.
Product version1.3.21.103
File version1.3.21.103

Here's a screenshot of the file properties when displayed by Windows Explorer:

Product nameGoogle Update
Company nameGoogle Inc.
File descriptionGoogle Installer
Internal nameGoogle Update
Original filenameGoogleUpdate.exe
Legal copyrightCopyright 2007-2010 Google Inc.
Product version1.3.21.103
File version1.3.21.103

Digital signatures [?]

googleupdate.exe has a valid digital signature.

Signer nameGoogle Inc
Certificate issuer nameThawte Code Signing CA - G2
Certificate serial number255171cbc3f106f6f41e03eb77cf4fe9

VirusTotal report

None of the 47 anti-virus programs at VirusTotal detected the googleupdate.exe file.

None of the 47 anti-virus programs detected the googleupdate.exe file.

Filename variants

googleupdate.exe may also use other filenames. The most common variants are listed below:

Folder name variants

googleupdate.exe may also be located in other folders than c:\program files (x86)\google\update\. The most common variants are listed below:

Other files also named googleupdate.exe

googleupdate.exe (70 votes)

Hashes [?]


Error Messages

These are some of the error messages that can appear related to googleupdate.exe:

googleupdate.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

googleupdate.exe - Application Error. The instruction at "0xXXXXXXXX" referenced memory at "0xXXXXXXXX". The memory could not be "read/written". Click on OK to terminate the program.

Google Installer has stopped working.

End Program - googleupdate.exe. This program is not responding.

googleupdate.exe is not a valid Win32 application.

googleupdate.exe - Application Error. The application failed to initialize properly (0xXXXXXXXX). Click OK to terminate the application.

What will you do with the file?

To help other users, please let us know what you will do with the file:

What did other users do?

The poll result listed below shows what users chose to do with the file. 76% have voted for removal. Based on votes from 45 users.

User vote results: There were 34 votes to remove and 11 votes to keep

NOTE: Please do not use this poll as the only source of input to determine what you will do with the file.

Malware or legitimate?

If you feel that you need more information to determine if your should keep this file or remove it, please read this guide.

Please select the option that best describe your thoughts on the information provided on this web page

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Please share with the other users what you think about this file. What does this file do? Is it legitimate or something that your computer is better without? Do you know how it was installed on your system? Did you install it yourself or did it come bundled with some other software? Is it running smoothly or do you get some error message? Any information that will help to document this file is welcome. Thank you for your contributions.

I'm reading all new comments so don't hesitate to post a question about the file. If I don't have the answer perhaps another user can help you.

anu damiana writes

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Just found your software...thank you for putting it out there!

But it errored and errored...I think my 'puter is beyond help...sigh...

Or is it common place, the errors? ...in relation to certain conditions?

# 30 Jan 2014, 8:27

Roger Karlsson writes

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@anu: Sorry for the delay. Please post the complete error message that you got from FreeFixer and I should be able suggest a work-around or provide more details on why the error message occured.

# 13 Feb 2014, 4:51

starlion writes

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I would like to remove this annoying google thing but so far have found it impossible, how can this be removed?
Thanks for the download and this site, its so useful.

# 26 Feb 2014, 4:44

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