I don’t know about you but I’m not a big fan of things that run in the background when they’re not really necessary. Google has a process, GoogleUpdate.exe, that they like to run periodically on your system to see if there are any Google apps that need updates, and depending on your situation that may be something you want to disable. After all, the only Google software I’m running on my machine is Chrome and it will already download updates in the background when I have the browser running, which is good enough for me.

Google runs the GoogleUpdate.exe both when your machine starts up and then once every hour. This process is designed to download updates to the Google programs you don’t have running so that the next time you fire them up they will already be up-to-date. You can disable this process by following these steps:

–Disable the GoogleUpdate.exe Startup Item–

Here is how to disable the GoogleUpdate.exe process from starting when you first boot to Windows:

  1. Press the WinKey+R to open the Run command, and type “msconfig“:
  2. Select the Startup tab, and uncheck the box next to Google Update:
    Msconfig startup
  3. Click OK, and you’ll need to then reboot your computer.

–Disable the GoogleUpdate.exe Scheduled Tasks–

This is how you can disable the scheduled tasks that run at least every hour on your system to see if there are any updates to the Google applications you have installed, such as Chrome.

  1. Open the Start Menu and go to All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools, and open the Task Scheduler.
  2. Click the Task Scheduler Library folder, and on each of the tasks that start with “GoogleUpdate” right-click on them and either Disable or Delete them:
    Googleupdate task disable