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Google Update on OSX

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Ok, so I like to know what’s going on on my computer at all times… That’s why I have software like Little Snitch running and why I check Top every once in a while to see what’s running in the background.

Several times today Little Snitch has asked me to allow the “Google Update Agent” to contact its mothership. Since I don’t have ANY Google programs open and Top doesn’t show this mysterious Google Updater, I DON’T LIKE IT. Denying it access to its mothership buys me a few minutes before it comes knocking again. The only Google software I have is Google Chrome (which I rarely use). So I went off looking for a way to disable this background task without removing the Google update software (it is needed to update Chrome).

This led me to this page: What is Google Software Update?

While this explains how to remove the updater, it doesn’t give any hint as to how to disable the Updater without removing it… Although if you did want to remove it completely you could follow those instructions, then create folders of the same name in their place, chown it to root and chmod it to something like 644… But I don’t want to do that, so back to the search!

After a bit more searching, I found that google has actually put the check interval for the updater in the defaults… So to disable google’s automatic background updating you can simply use

defaults write checkInterval 0

to have it never automatically check. (You can check to see if you successfully changed it by changing “write” to “read”) This allows Google Software like Chrome or Earth to still be automatically updatable, but only on your terms, not Google’s 🙂


Found another source from Google: Managing Updates in Google Software Update

Written by David

March 26th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Posted in OSX

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