Everything You Need To Know About The Current Version Plugin Google Update
If you are a Firefox user, you may have found the Current Version Plugin Google Update on your Add-Ons page. Like thousands of other users, you may have been surprised to find it and wondering what is it for. Can it be disabled or removed? Let us take a closer look and understand just what it is.
What Is The Google Update Plugin?
The Google Update PlugIn is a firefox plugin which is usually packaged and bundled with other apps such as Google Chrome browser or Google Earth. This plugin’s current version is important because it is integrated into the verification of the Google software version you are using. If the version is outdated, the Google Update plug-in will facilitate the update.
There are 2 different plugins; Google Update and Google Updater. The Update is included in the Google Pack and Google Earth, while the Updater is a part of the Chrome browser and Google Earth.
What Does It Do?
This plug-in is available via the Google Toolbar being offered for browsers using any Google software, such as Firefox and Internet Explorer. Its main function is to update all the other Google plug-ins in your browser, which is why when you uninstall or remove it; it is re-installed by the other plug-ins.
The Google Update Current Version Plugin also ensure that both your Google Chrome and Earth are continuously installing updates. You will see it running in your Task Manager Processes as GoogleUpdate.exe.
The question is, if the plug-in is directly related to Google products, why is it in your Firefox?
It’s actually a browser thing. You see, Firefox scans your entire computer and the registry automatically looks for plug-ins. When it does find a plug-in, it (yet again) automatically adds that plug-in to the list without asking you. Sounds sneaky, right? But don’t worry, the good news is, with the Firefox 16, that automatic installation of plugins has been disabled/removed, so it is best to install the newest version if you don’t want to deal with this.
Are there different versions of the Google Plugin?
Yes and No, Firefox is a global web browser with the ability to change the default language of the software, as a result depending on your default language of Firefox you may see the following descriptions for the Google plugin.
- aktuelle version plugin google update – For German language users
- plugin de la versión actual google update – For Spanish language users
Regardless of how the plugin is listed, it still functions in the same manner and is built the same as the English based version.
Should You Remove The Google Update Plugin?
If you do not want to use any of the Google plug-ins in your computer, then you can do without the Google Updater. But if you are using at least one of these plug-ins in your Firefox, then it is highly recommended that you keep it, mainly because it is vital in making sure that the plug-ins work properly in your browser. Because its main function is to update your browser’s Google Plug-ins, it will just be reinstalled when you remove it.
The Google Update plugin works with the Google servers to provide its users with the latest features and information via the Firefox browser. While many people worry seeing the GoogleUpdate.exe in their Processes, the plug-in actually does not interfere with any of your computer programs. In fact, if you remove the plug-in, it may result to some of your programs not being updated, hence, affecting the security and performance of some of your computer programs.
But What If I Really Want To Remove It?
There are 3 things you can do with the Current Version Plugin Google Update. You can update it, disable, or totally remove. Here’s how to do each of these options:
- Update—there is no way to manually update the plugin. It just automatically updates when new software updates are rolled out by Google.
- Disable—the process is very simple, but it will not uninstall the plugin. To disable, go to the Add-Ons tab and find the Google Update plug-in. you should see the drop-down menu on the right side. Choose “Never Activate”. This will then disable the Google Update plug-in. If you have an older version of Firefox, just click on the “Disable” button.
- Remove—a small warning: removing the plug-in involves a lot of step and can be very tedious. You will have to edit the registry, so you’d have to be an intermediate to advanced computer use to do this. If you don’t have any experience tweaking your computer’s registry, it’s best to have someone knowledgeable and confident do this for you.
Keep in mind though, that the plug-in will reappear when Google Chrome or Earth releases another new update. The latest Firefox version will not scan your computer automatically for any plug-ins and add them, so the best and easiest solution is to upgrade your Firefox to the latest version.
It is important to note that the Current Version Plugin Google Update will not in any way harm your browser or computer. While it is strange that a Google plugin exists in Mozilla Firefox and to its registry listings (no, there really is no gical explanation to it, so let’s leave it to the powers that be), there really shouldn’t be any reason to remove it or disable it.