If you are using Firefox browser and ever checked the list of active plugins installed on the browser, you might have wondered what exactly is the Google Update plugin available. The first question that comes to your mind is that what has Google got to with Firefox and why is it running here. GoogleUpdate.exe is not to be confused with GoogleUpdater.exe which is used to update Google products. Whereas GoogleUpdate.exe is a component Google Chrome and Google Earth. It makes sure that Google Chrome and Google Earth are checking for and installing updates regularly. So basically it is concerned if you are have Google Chrome or Google earth installed on your PC.
But now the question is if it is related to Google Chrome, why is it loading in Firefox? This is because the Firefox plugins scan Windows registry for its plugins folder. So the Google Update plugin is automatically added to the list of plugins in Firefox.
This GoogleUpdate.exe is used automatically for updating and you cannot manually update it.
So how do I disable it?
If you want to disable Google Update, you can open the plugins page in Firefox and then click on the disable button. This will disable, but will not delete it. If you wish to delete it, you need to delete the files and for this, open the two locations;
- C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Update\Current Version\npGoogleUpdate3.dll
- C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Update\Current Version\npGoogleUpdate3.dll
This is assuming you have installed Windows on C drive.
If you delete these files from the folders, GoogleUpdate will the deleted.