Macos – How to remove Google Software Update from Mac OSX


I briefly installed Chrome on OSX Mavericks. I decided to delete Chrome.

My user account "manages" web browsing for me, so only websites authorised by me are allowed access. I do this so I can keep track of which websites software installed on my Mac are really accessing.

To my surprise, "Google Software Update" seems to be installed on my Mac, and is trying to connect to google analytics. I deleted Chrome, so I don't see why this should be installed.

Using Finder, I can't find any "Google" software using the search feature.

How can I remove this ?

Best Answer

The new command is now the following:

sudo /Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/ --nuke

This was an older command:

sudo ~/Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resour‌​ces/ --uninstall

In the older command above, you may prefer to replace the --uninstall with the --nuke option. The former supposedly leaves some files, while the latter removes them.

Alternatively, Google Software Update might be installed within /Library/, in which case it can be removed with:

sudo /Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/ --uninstall

Also try:

sudo /Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Helpers/ksinstall --uninstall