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I briefly installed Chrome on OSX Mavericks. I hated using Chrome, and deleted it. 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 ? I feel it is a violation of my privacy, considering I removed Chrome.

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More seriously, according to this page, the command to do it is sudo /Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resour‌​ces/ --uninstall – kinokijuf Mar 19 '14 at 6:47
Thanks. They are completely evil. I'm never going to install google software again. – John Mar 19 '14 at 14:27
I have the directory ~/Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Reso‌​ur‌​ces/, but it doesn't contain What should I do? – mattdipasquale Nov 12 '14 at 4:08
@MattDiPasquale: checkmy answer below, I have stated what is the new command. – Henrique de Sousa Jan 27 '15 at 0:26

The new command line is now the following:

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

Preferably, you may want to replace the --uninstall by the --nuke option. The former supposedly leaves somes files, while the latter removes them.

Alternatively, GSU might be installed to /, in which case it can be removed with:

sudo /Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/ --uninstall
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As of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, this does not work. Google must have renamed something. – Chuck Krutsinger Mar 24 '15 at 22:26
Why the downvote? I have reinstalled Yosemite 10.10.2 last week and I still haven't redone the process. So now I have just tried the uninstall process and it's still working!! So please, try again, this time type the command instead of copy/pasting it, and upvote again, because it IS working! I'm using Chrome 41, and to test it, just do "About Chrome" and update process will fail. – Henrique de Sousa Mar 24 '15 at 22:49
Henrique - I did not down vote you. I simply left my comment there for future searches. I have already uninstalled Chrome. But before I did, there was no kinstall program. I guess our two systems are just different. Apologies for any confusion. – Chuck Krutsinger Mar 24 '15 at 23:44
I'm sorry for the confusion. I did reinstall Yosemite 10.10.2 a week ago and installed Chrome 41 Stable Release. If you wish, you can find the kinstall by performing the following command: find / -name kinstall – Henrique de Sousa Mar 25 '15 at 0:07
This is correct for Mac OSX 10.11.2. Use the --nuke option instead of --install to get rid of everything. Then remove the ~/Library/Google directory. – moin Jan 25 at 18:58

On their official help page, they only mention disabling the checks:

To disable Google Software Update from checking for updates, execute the following in the Terminal application:

$ defaults write checkInterval 0
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This doesn't disabled the auto update of Chrome on my system. Would be nice to find another working solution without uninstalling update service – abimelex May 5 '15 at 8:54
If you go to “About Google Chrome” info window it will still check then, but it shouldn't run automatically anymore in the background. – lkraider May 5 '15 at 16:58
but it does. Have you tested on OSX 10.10? – abimelex May 5 '15 at 20:05
No, I am running 10.9 only. – lkraider May 6 '15 at 15:21

In my Mac OS X 10.9.5 ksinstall resides in the main library. The commend is thus:

sudo /Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/ksinstall --nuke
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This is just a dupe of an answer made about 9 months before. – JakeGould Sep 19 '15 at 0:49
up vote 1 down vote accepted

I just reinstalled OSX. It was the only way to be sure.

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Use --help to see the various ksinstall options, i.e. ksinstall --help

cd ~/Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resour‌​ces/

ksinstall --help

[--install=PKG]     Install keystone using PKG as the source.
[--uninstall]       Remove Keystone program files but do NOT delete
                    the ticket store.
[--nuke]            Remove Keystone and all tickets.
[--interval=N]      Set installed agent to wake up every N seconds.
[--lockdown]        Prevent Keystone from ever uninstalling itself.
[--force]           Perform operation even if it is a downgrade.
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This doesn't actually answer the question. – DavidPostill May 30 at 12:06

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