How to get rid of the GoogleUpdate VirusSometimes the GoogleUpdate file may cloak a virus, such as Symantec found W32.Ippedo, as well as BitDefender found Trojan.LNK.Gen. If your anti-virus software does not detect a virus, try using a supplementary free Anti-Malware scanner.
Other problems with GoogleUpdate.lnk
We are unfortunately unable to provide any details about the the producer and its related software. There is simply nothing available. However, you can read about what the GoogleUpdate.lnk process does elsewhere on this page. An obsolete or defective version of GoogleUpdate.lnk can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- GoogleUpdate.lnk has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- GoogleUpdate.lnk has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- GoogleUpdate.lnk has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module GoogleUpdate.lnk. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about GoogleUpdate.lnk GoogleUpdate.lnk
GoogleUpdate.lnk is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. GoogleUpdate.lnk is found in a subdirectory of C:\.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 694 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 633 bytes.
The program appears as a window on the desktop. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: Run, MACHINE\Run). The GoogleUpdate file is not part of the Windows operating system. This file does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. GoogleUpdate.lnk appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files. For this reason, 51% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
Attention: If you find GoogleUpdate.lnk on your computer, please scan it with an anti-virus product. If your anti-virus software does not recognize it as being harmful, then please make sure that you have the latest update of the signature file, or check the file online. For this option, you may want to use Security Task Manager. Here, click on the process with the right mouse button and send the file to an online virus scanner.
What do other computer users say about GoogleUpdate?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall unknown
To remove GoogleUpdate.lnk from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate unknown in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if GoogleUpdate.lnk (GoogleUpdate.lnk) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of GoogleUpdate.lnk. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for GoogleUpdate.lnk or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or GoogleUpdate.lnk is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.