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   Google Update doesn't update??? Ed Michel   
Saturday January 30th, 2010 07:54:37 PM
I've read all over that people are annoyed as heck (I'm being nice) with the Google Updater application that runs in the background and CAN NOT BE TURNED OFF (through any normal channels anyway).

On top of that, there is no warning in the form of a check box or anything that when you install Google Earth (and maybe others ... I'm holding back here) this annoying background process will get installed.

If that isn't viral behavior, I guess I don't understand viral behavior.

Last night I got so sick of the popups (at least a half dozen a day and probably more) from my firewall about Google trying to update something (no indication whether it was Google Earth or Google Chrome). I rarely use Google Earth, so I'll assume it was Google Chrome. I use Chrome, not as my primary browser, but as a virtual sidebar with a custom private page to give me the stuff I would have in a toolbar without the downgrade (I'm serious) from XP to Vista or the performance hit of Google's own sidebar which I gave up on a long time ago.

Just a few minutes ago, I got curious and had Chrome do a check for a new version. I had been running a 2.0 based version and it updated to a 4.0 based version skipping version 3.0 entirely. My point is, for all that activity running in the background, it seems it never updated Chrome.

Hey Google. What gives?

I would love to see someone do an independant trace what data is being sent and received from that blasted application.

Don't get me wrong, Google has some great products, but behavior like this (the updater) will cause you to lose a LOT of fans (consumers AND programmers).

If Google doesn't like what I have to say, they can have their programmer or department head responsible for this fiasco contact me. They can figure out how. I'm sure of that. After all, they have the skills to write a virus!