Chrome user or not – watch out for GoogleUpdate.exe

To update Chrome, Google installs a startup app in the HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run key in the registry.

The program is called GoogleUpdate.exe and it seems to run periodically and of its own volition.  If you have Chrome installed, check your processes for this app running.

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The interesting thing is that if you uninstall Chrome (which I have gladly) GoogleUpdate.exe still runs in the list of processes (the screen shot above was taken AFTER I uninstalled Chrome.  The Chrome uninstall only took a couple seconds, which surprised me considering how long Chrome actually took to install.  Apparently, it didn’t really uninstall!

I’m currently scouring my computer to see what other remnants of Chrome were left behind.

So, what does Google want with my computer?  Sounds like Spyware to me.

Google Chrome Crashes with All Tabs

Software:

Google Chrome Browser 0.2.149.27

 

Tested:

Windows XP Professional SP3

 

Result:

Google Chrome Crashes with All Tabs

 

Problem:

An issue exists in how chrome behaves with undefined-handlers in chrome.dll version

0.2.149.27. A crash can result without user interaction. When a user is made to visit

a malicious link, which has an undefined handler followed by a 'special' character,

the chrome crashes with a Google Chrome message window "Whoa! Google Chrome has crashed.

Restart now?". It lies in dealing with the POP EBP instruction when pointed out by the

EIP register at 0x01002FF4.

 

Proof of Concept:

http://evilfingers.com/advisory/google_chrome_poc.php

Taking the lid off Google Chrome

If you're interested in Google Chrome, but are wondering if its something worth your time, the myITforum.com bloggers have been busy testing the new Google-released web browser.  Take a look at what they've had to say so far…

Google Chrome – a couple instant annoyances…

  1. Chrome did not find and import ALL of my IE bookmarks.  Believe it or not, it did not import any of my myITforum.com bookmarks.  I *knew* they didn’t like us.   BTW: re-importing using the toolbar option didn’t help.
  2. In full-screen mode, Chrome *takes over* the screen real estate, i.e., I allow my Taskbar to hide under the screen when not in use – and sliding my cursor to the bottom of the screen does not allow the Taskbar to slide in front of the Chrome window.  I’m still looking for a tweak in the app for this.  Hmmm…I take that back.  Chrome doesn’t allow the Taskbar to work even when it is in *any* mode.  It basically disables hiding the taskbar.  — and there’s not clear fix for this.
  3. 70MB footprint.  What???

I wonder how long this will be in Beta.  Google is notorious for keeping something in beta for the seeming life of the product.  I guess that’s a good way to continue making excuses for major bugs.

 

UPDATE:  Hmmm…the taskbar slide appears to be working all of a sudden!  It’s magic!  I’ll watch this to see if it happens again. 

UPDATE 2:  OK…nevermind.  I can duplicate it.  Interesting bug.