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What does the GoogleUpdaterService.exe file do?

The GoogleUpdaterService.exe process is also known as gusvc and is a part of Google Updater or, as the case may be, Google Software Updater. This software is produced by Google (toolbar.google.com). An obsolete or defective version of GoogleUpdaterService.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about GoogleUpdaterService.exe gusvc

GoogleUpdaterService.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file GoogleUpdaterService.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 137,200 bytes (34% of all these files), 168,432 bytes as well as 7 other variants.
This particular software does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. It possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. For this reason, 21% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves GoogleUpdaterService.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about GoogleUpdaterService?

Part of google updater service
sf
The Google Updater Service is a Windows service that updates Google software that users have chosen to install. It ensures users have the most current software available. (further information...)
Alex
Despite disabling it in Scheduled Tasks, and using Autoruns to do the same, always turns itself back on. Any program that so clearly runs contrary to the users wishes must be classed as "dangerous." But it does not appear to be spyware.
jm
Although the Google searching service is outstanding, they also have a bad record of intrusion and collusion. Therefore, anything and everything planted by Google should be suspect, most especially when it is an automatic service instead of being on-call only, and most especially if it was put on my machine without my knowledge. (further information...)
gen-X
My computer was rebooting at odd times and just before the ERROR messages in my event log, there was gusvc as an event. I started deleting all google stuff to see if the problem stopped.
XB

Summary: 2 users judge GoogleUpdaterService.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 users consider it harmless. However, 2 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net

How to uninstall Google Updater or Google Software Updater

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To remove gusvc from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for Google Updater or Google Software Updater in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if GoogleUpdaterService.exe (gusvc) 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 gusvc. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for gusvc 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 GoogleUpdaterService.exe is causing problems for you, a good Registry Cleaner 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.

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