GoogleUpdateSetup.exe Virus Removal

Do not get tricked by the GoogleUpdateSetup.exe virus

GoogleUpdateSetup.exe is a sneaky Trojan horse. It follows the classic Trojan pattern and works in silence. That means you will spend a good while having no clue your machine is compromised. Unlike ransomware (which is another major cyber threat), Trojans don’t manifest their presence. The problem is, though, the more time GoogleUpdateSetup.exe spends on board, the worse. This aggravating pest is very dangerous so don’t hesitate. Make sure you get rid of the infection as soon as you encounter its unwanted presence on your PC. Trojans are rightfully considered to be among the most harmful types of viruses out there. To put it mildly, you’re stuck with quite a problematic parasite. GoogleUpdateSetup.exe modifies your system registry. In addition to that, it changes some system files and damages others. The parasite takes over your entire online experience before you even know it. Trojans make modifications completely behind your back. After all, you didn’t expect the virus to seek your permission, did you? Taking care of your opinions has nothing to do with this program’s existence. This pest was developed by hackers to serve their malicious purposes. Your preferences remain out of the picture. GoogleUpdateSetup.exe changes your preferred PC settings and might also alter your browser settings. In this scenario, the virus brings along an endless pile of ads. We’re talking pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, interstitials, video ads, etc. The parade of advertisements is sponsored which gives you a solid reason to avoid these ads. A sponsored commercial is certainly not one to be trusted. Thanks to the Trojan, you might also get redirected to random, unsafe websites. Apart from the fact this is very dangerous, it stops you from surfing the Web at peace. You now have to deal with irritating web links and stubborn pop-up ads on a daily basis. And that’s not all. The infection serves as a back door to more parasites (usually ransomware). It also steals your browsing-related data. That includes browsing history, search queries, IP addresses, usernames, passwords. Long story short, crooks get access to your extremely sensitive, private data. They won’t think twice before selling your details to third parties with unclear intentions. Last but not least, GoogleUpdateSetup.exe could allow hackers to have remote control over your machine. It goes without saying that the parasite must be removed immediately.

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How did I get infected with?

The easiest explanation is that this nuisance was sent to your inbox. More often than not, spam messages and email-attachments are corrupted. We would recommend that you check out what you click open and what you delete instead. Keep in mind that it would only take you a single click to infect your computer system. Having to delete an infection, on the other hand, is much more time-consuming. Another popular infiltration method is called freeware bundling. Do you have the habit of installing bundled programs off of the Internet? Then you should definitely take your time in the process. Rushing may seem like a good idea right now but it usually turns out to be a mistake. Restrain yourself from installing unverified programs, especially when they come bundled. Opt for the Advanced option in the Setup Wizard and pay attention. If you spot some potential intruder that’s been added to the bundle, deselect it. Otherwise, you will have to uninstall it later. Also, check out the Terms and Conditions or EULA (End User License Agreements). This could help you protect your security so don’t be gullible. Remember, there are plenty of dangerous infections online.

Why is this dangerous?

The virus changes your system registry and messes with your default PC settings. As a result, you may not be able to run some programs. You might also experience data loss. GoogleUpdateSetup.exe is able to take control over your once reliable browsers too. If you notice some obnoxious pop-up ads, stay away from them and put your safety first. Clicking a dubious commercial open isn’t a risk worth taking. Trojans expose you to threats every single time you browse the Web. Take measures on the spot and tackle this parasite. As we mentioned already, the virus collects your browsing-related information. What it might also steal is some personally identifiable data such as bank account details. This trick could result in financial scams or identity theft so don’t waste time. To delete the Trojan manually, please follow our detailed removal guide down below.

Manual GoogleUpdateSetup.exe Removal Instructions

STEP 1: Windows 8 Removal

STEP 2: Windows 7/XP/Vista Removal

STEP 1: Start Your Computer into Safe Mode with Networking in Windows 8

  • Make sure you do not have any floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs inserted in your computer
  • Move the mouse to the upper right corner until the windows 8 charm menu appears
  • Click on the magnifying glass


  • select Settings
  • in the search box type Advanced
  • On the left the following should appear


  • Click on Advanced Startup Options
  • Scroll down a little bit and click on Restart Now


  • Click on Troubleshoot


  • Then Advanced options


  • Then Startup settings


  • Then Restart


  • When you see this screen press F5 – Enable Safe Mode with Networking



STEP 2: Start Your Computer into Safe Mode with Networking in Windows 7/XP/Vista

  • Make sure you do not have any floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs inserted in your computer
  • Restart the computer
  • When you see a table, start tapping the F8 key every second until you enter the Advanced Boot Options

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  • in the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode with Networking , and then press ENTER.


STEP 3: Locate the startup location

  • Once the operating system loads press simultaneously the Windows Logo Button and the R key.


  • A dialog box should open. Type “Regedit”


Depending on your OS (x86 or x64) navigate to:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or

  • and delete the display Name: backgroundcontainer

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  • Then open your explorer and navigate to:


where %LocalAppData% refers to:

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  • delete the whole folder

Double check with any antimalware program for any leftovers. Keep your software up-to date.

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