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Old July 20th 15, 10:05 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-8
Paul
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Default Windows Update installs Google Chrome

lew wrote:
On 2015-07-20, . . .winston wrote:
Johnny wrote:
Why would Microsoft install Google Chrome? It was installed with the
latest 13 updates.


Not possible.

You've installed or updated something else that provided Chrome.


Most likely something from Cnet or another place. I got Chrome
installed when it was from cnet & wasn't prompted as an option.

Not only that, but had to do the "take ownership" in order for
me to delete the stuff as it was "owned" by the "installer"???


You didn't have to do that.

Chrome is actually a bit tricky though. It consists of
the program itself, but it also leaves a GoogleUpdate
service on the machine. *That* you have to deal with
separately. By description, GoogleUpdate is supposed
to uninstall, if all Google products have been removed
from the computer, but you know that isn't going to happen.
It's better for Google to be slimy, and leave it running.

To remove Chrome, the trick is to find the setup.exe
that belongs to the program. It is right next to
the "chrome.7z" file, which is around 150MB, and
contains everything needed for an install (or uninstall)
operation.

By Googling around, I was able to find these suggestions.

if a chromium installation:

setup.exe --uninstall

if a chrome installation:

setup.exe --uninstall --multi-install --chrome --system-level

I don't know what happens if you use Revo, whether
it also takes care of GoogleUpdate for you or not.

*******

When Apple leaves their Updater running on a computer,
it will pop up an alert, that looks like an iTunes
update, when in fact it delivers other Apple Software.
I don't have a soft spot in my heart, for this
sort of behavior. I don't know if the GoogleUpdater
does that sort of thing or not.

Also, these updaters can be hidden in SVCHOST. So if
you happen to look in Task Manager, and you cannot
see such an animal, it is also possible for slimy
companies to run it as a service and hide it in
a SVCHOST. Doing "tasklist /svc" or using Process Explorer,
can sometimes provide the extra info you need.

HTH,
Paul
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