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Google autoupdater - unwanted

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Google autoupdater - unwanted

Just had a popup about Google wanting to install an add on to Google Earth
I wasn't even using Google at the time - it turns out that Google Earth 5 installs an add on service which runs at startup and checks your computer for alll Google programs and auto updates them.
There is no way to stop it apparently as you can't use Google Earth for example unless the service is runnng.
As I use Kaspersky Internet Security I just moved the application to untrusted which blocks everything - now lets see if it can do it
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Community Gaffer
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Re: Google autoupdater - unwanted

It runs too if you use google chrome. I tended to just end the service when I wasn't using Chrome.
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 Chris Parr
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Re: Google autoupdater - unwanted

Its a pain as Google toolbar uses it as well and if you knock it out of startup its back again like malware and who knows what information its sending
scootie
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Re: Google autoupdater - unwanted

i thought i had found the exe file for google update yet even after deleting the file I can see the rule to block google updater on comodo is still being trigged alot.
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Re: Google autoupdater - unwanted

I found two versions of the file
scootie
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Re: Google autoupdater - unwanted

yeah shortly after last post i searched again and found the same 2 files.
i manged to set premissions on vista to delete one of the files but no matter what i do to the permisons on the other file it stands frim and will not disapper.
how can a file protect it self from being deleted if you have set all admin and users full control over the file?
oldjim have you also found the file google updater uninstall. i ran that awhile ago but seems to have done nothing
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Re: Google autoupdater - unwanted

I haven't found the uninstaller but checking my security log the updater phones home every hour (or now it tries to  Grin)
scootie
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Re: Google autoupdater - unwanted

just checked firewall block history again and since i turned computer on 30 or so mins ago no google updater has bein blocked.
i deleted the one file that would allow me to and moved the file to my desktop. will not surrpise me if the files manage to clone them selfs back to the google folder Roll eyes
all this just because i wanted street view update for google earth and after playing with it i find the web browser version is better for street view
edit. also runing goolge earth dosent  make a new copy of googleupdater Smiley
scootie
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Re: Google autoupdater - unwanted

google updater is no more.
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Re: Google autoupdater - unwanted

Same here although I had to stop the process before deleting the second one