What is Google Software Update?

Google Software Update is a background application for the Mac OS that helps ensure that you always have the most up-to-date, stable, and secure versions of the Google software you have installed. Google Software Update may run two services: GoogleSoftwareUpdateAgent and GoogleSoftwareUpdateDaemon. These services allow Google applications to be safely and securely updated.

If you'd prefer not to have Google Software Update on your system, please follow the steps below to uninstall it:

  1. Uninstall any Google programs you currently have installed on your computer.

    Failing to uninstall your Google applications may cause these applications to work improperly and, in many cases, Google Software Update will be reinstalled after a few hours.

  2. Open a Terminal window by going to Applications > Utilities in Finder.
  3. Google Software Update can be uninstalled for a specific user or for your whole system. Paste one of the following commands in Terminal:
    • Uninstall for a specific user:

      ~/Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/GoogleSoftwareUpdateAgent.app/Contents/Resources/ksinstall --uninstall

    • Uninstall for the whole system: (needs root access)

      sudo /Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/GoogleSoftwareUpdateAgent.app/Contents/Resources/ksinstall --uninstall

  4. After pasting the command, press Enter on your keyboard.

Google Software Update should now be uninstalled.

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