Google is probably the one of, if not the most important tech companies in the world. What is the first thing you do when you don’t know something? You Google it to find the answer. When you are working on a school project with a group you do it on Google Docs so everyone can actually contribute and have access to it. When I get a new piece of technology I always install Google Chrome pretty instantly.
While Google has great things, some people don’t like that once you install anything Google onto your computer you will see “GoogleCrashHandler.exe” always running in their Windows Task Manager. Check out this guide to find out more about it, and how to remove it.
Google Crash Handler
This software comes with just about anything Google, whether it is Chrome or Docs, or whatever. Google Crash Handler’s job is to send anonymous data and crash reports to Google so Google can analyze it and do whatever it is they do with that information. Some people may not necessarily want that on their computer for whatever reason, so they may want to take it off and not have it on their computer. When they go to end task you can’t end it, it always pop back up constantly. You might have even tried to go into programs on your computer to uninstall it and it has been unsuccessful each time you try. Follow this guide to figure out how to disable Google Crash Handler. These instructions apply to both Windows as well as Mac.
While you might say “Well I never agreed to have this on my computer, Google sucks, blah blah blah…” well… You actually did agree to have this if when you installed your Google product and left the box checked that said “Send anonymous crash data to Google” when you were installing it and agreeing to the terms and conditions. So if you are adamant about not having that on your computer you may want to make sure you read the fine print when agreeing to terms, because that’s usually how companies can get you. Having extra programs running in the background is pretty darn annoying, so it is totally understandable if you want to get rid of it. That’s why it is important to pay attention to what a new program is wanting to install, because it could potentially be something bad (not that Google is malicious). Again, to drive the point home: make sure you pay attention to what you are installing on your computer by reading what you are agreeing to.
With Google Crash Handler you might also find the program “GoogleUpdate.exe” as well. This program literally always runs so it can update your Google product automatically, just like it sounds like it would. I will also go over how to remove this after I go over how to uninstall Crash Handler. Just like with Google Crash Handler, Google Updater is harmless towards your computer. Its sole purpose is to update Google Chrome (as well as the other Google software) automatically so you don’t have to do it yourself. I will go over how to disable Google Updater specifically for Windows 7 because that’s where you will see Google Updater the most.
Note: There is no reason that Crash Handler needs to be deleted. All it does is send Google data about whether or not your Google software crashed so they can update and make sure their product is stable. Even the data it sends is totally anonymous, so you won’t be able to be identified. I’m going to show you how to remove Crash Handler, but there is no real reason to get rid of it. Google Updater is also totally harmless, it only aims to update Chrome automatically.
Removing Google Crash Handler
Follow these steps to remove Google Crash Handler from each of the different products they came with. As I said before, these fixes apply to both Windows and Mac.
Removing Google Crash Handler from Chrome
Follow these steps to remove Crash Handler from Google Chrome:
- Go to Chrome settings (the stacked three dots on the upper right hand of the browser)
- When you get to the settings menu there will be an option (in small print) that asks to show advance options
- Click and open that up and find the Privacy category
- Uncheck the boxes that say “Automatically report details of possible security incidents to Google” (uncheck that if you don’t want that option) as well as “Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google” (this is where Google Crash Handler is)
- After you do that restart Chrome and when you open Chrome back up Crash Handler should be gone
Google Crash Handler should be gone after you complete those steps. If you have more than this Google product on your computer you will need to disable Crash Handler on all of them before you won’t see it anymore. Follow the other steps to remove Crash Handler from the other Google products.
Removing Google Crash Handler from Google Earth
Follow these steps to remove Google Crash Handler for Google Earth:
- Go to the Tools menu and then click on Options
- Go to the General tab and uncheck the box that says “Send usage statistics to Google”
- Restart Google Earth and double check that the box is still unchecked
After you do that Google Crash Handler should be gone from your computer, unless you have other Google products then you will need to disable Crash Handler on the other products. Again, the steps are included for other Google products.
Removing Google Crash Handler from Google Drive
Follow these steps to get rid of Google Crash Handler from Google Drive:
- Open up Google Drive and click on the menu icon (the three stacked dots at the right side of the screen like Google Chrome)
- Click on the Preferences button
- Once that opens go to the Advanced tab and uncheck the box that says “Send crash report and usage statistics to Google”
- Click on Apply and then restart Google Drive and double check that the box is still unchecked
Just as the others before, this will remove Google Crash Handler from Google Earth. As with the other products, if you have other Google products then you will need to go into those and uncheck that option. The last product I will go over is Picasa from Google.
Removing Google Crash Handler from Google’s Picasa
The final product to go over is Picasa. Follow these steps to remove Google Crash Report from Picasa:
- Open up Picasa and open up the Tools menu, then click on the Options button
- Navigate over to the General tab and uncheck the box that says, “Help improve Picasa: Send anonymous usage stats to Google”
- Next hit Ok and restart the Picasa program
- Double check that the box is still unchecked, and you should be golden
This is the final product that has Google Crash Handler that you can disable.
Like I said earlier, there isn’t any harm in having Google Crash Handler on your computer, but it is pretty easy to get rid of it. If you have any problems, or if that didn’t work for you I suggest researching the issue to see what other people have done. There isn’t a reason that these fixes shouldn’t work, but you can never be too careful. Simply Google “Remove Google Crash Handler” and look through the other articles to see if someone else has found another way to remove it.
Next I will go over how to uninstall Google Updater from your computer. This applies primarily to Windows 7 computers.
Uninstalling Google Updater
This primarily affects Windows 7 users, so this portion is going to be geared towards Windows 7. There are actually a couple ways to remove Google Updater, so let’s go over them:
Uninstall and Disabling Google Updater- Method One: Going through the control panel
- Go to the start menu and launch Run
- Type “services.msc” and then select Ok
- Scroll through and find Google Update Service and click on it
- Go to the General tab and find Startup Type and change it to Disabled
- Next navigate to the Control Panel, then go to administrative Tools, followed by task scheduler
- Search through and find Google Update and select disable by right clicking it
- Next you will have to reboot your computer
- Google Updater should not be running after you followed and completed the steps above
Uninstalling and Disabling Google Updater- Method Two: Disabling using registry
- Go to the start menu and enter in “regedit” in the search bar on the menu
- Next you will need to find: “hkey_local_machine/software/policies/google/update“
- Now you will need to double click the value next to “AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes” and change that value to 0
- Now you will have to perform a restart on your computer for that to take effect
If you are not technically savvy then this might be a little difficult for you, but just follow the steps above exactly and you shouldn’t have a problem with it.