Google Chrome auto-updates itself and its extensions. I don't want Chrome to automatically update itself every time it is run; I only want it to update when it asks for confirmation, like Firefox does. Is this possible?
Good. I did that too.
Click on Start, then "Run". Type services.msc. Enter password if necessary on Vista or later. On the Name column, find "Google Updater Service" or similar. Right click it and open Properties. For Startup Type, change it to Disabled. You may click on the Stop button as well. OK and exit all the windws and you're done.
If you want to ever update some day, follow the steps, set the startup back to Automatic, reboot AND Google Chrome will update the next time it is run.
If you are on Windows, the article Disable Automatic Update Google Chrome suggests to use regedit to go to the key
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update and create a string item named
DisableAutoUpdateChecksCheckboxValue and set its value to 1.
Otherwise, you could consider switching to Chromium, built upon the same sources as Chrome but with improvements, which doesn't auto-update.
I managed to find a way to completely stop google chrome from auto updating itself and you can still re-enable it to update when needed. Just follow the steps below:
First, you need to find where the google chrome updater is located (they keep on moving it every once in a while), you can either search for it with windows search or you can right click on the google chrome shortcut then hit "properties" and on the shortcut tab hit "Open file location" the "Update" folder usually is in the google folder just 2 folders back from the location of the google launcher where the shortcut will bring you.
Make a backup/archive of the "Update" folder using winrar or any similar application you prefer.
Delete the "Update" folder (I'm not sure if you need to close chrome first, but to be sure just close any running google application first including the updater from the task manager if you can.).
Open chrome, then hit on "The Generals" Button?? which is the former "wrench" icon. and click on the "About Google Chrome" button from the drop down to see this "Update failed (error: 3)" which will verify that the updater is no longer working.
Then, in the case that you need to update chrome again just extract the "Update" folder from step 2 in its proper location (so, make sure that you note where that is before deleting the folder) and you will be able to update google chrome again.
Sorry for my english. Goodluck..