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:
- gusvc has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- gusvc 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)
- GoogleUpdaterService.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module GoogleUpdaterService.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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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. GoogleUpdaterService.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 182,768 bytes (50% of all these files), 194,032 bytes, 138,168 bytes or, as the case may be, 138,680 bytes.
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 GoogleUpdaterService file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. This particular software does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. It possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. For this reason, 14% 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 |
|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...) |
|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. |
|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...) |
|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. |
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
To remove gusvc 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 Google Updater or Google Software Updater in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then 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 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.
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