How to Disable Updates for Google Chrome Web Browser

As far as Windows PC is concerned, Google Chrome web browser keeps updating itself as and when the new updates become available. The whole process is carried out automatically by Google Updates services in the background without any user intervention. This is a good thing as you will always have the latest version (and hence the most secure version) of the browser installed in your PC. But for some reasons if you want to disable the Google Chrome updates for a while then you have many different options:

Note: You should not disable Chrome updates infinitely. The updates keep your system protected from the known vulnerabilities.

Method 1: Uninstall Google Updates Services

Chrome web browser is updated via the Google updates services. If you uninstall them, then Chrome won’t be updates. In order to uninstall these services, you can press the hotkey Win+R to open the Run dialog, type “C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe” /uninstall in the Run dialog and press Enter.

Disable Google Chrome Updates

Method 2: Disable Google Update Services

You do not have to uninstall these services to prevent them from updating Chrome. You can also just disable them from the Windows Services Manager. In order to do this, you can press the hotkey Win+R to open the Run dialog, type services.msc and press Enter. In the services list find the services named Google Update Service, double-click on it and choose Disabled for the Startup type in its properties before clicking the OK button to save them. There could be more than one such services, you should disable them all.

Disable Google Chrome Updates

Method 3: Rename the Google Update Folder

Chrome web browser is updated through the Google updates services which in turn use the Google Updates executables. If you change the name of the folder containing these executable files, then Chrome won’t be updated as the services cannot be run. For this you have to find the Update sub-folder inside “C:\Program Files\Google” and then rename to Update.disabled. Whenever you want to enable the updates, you can rename this folder back to Update once again.

Disable Google Chrome Updates

Conclusion: Google Chrome updates can be stopped temporarily using many methods. You can disable or uninstall the update services for disabling Chrome updates. But you should not permanently disable the Chrome updates as this could cause security problems.

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