Some time ago I installed Chrome (as I need to test my websites in it), but it launched uncontrollable background processes and updates, so I uninstalled it completely... Now I decided to install it again. This piece of software tries be idiot-friendly and is completely uncontrollable:

  1. Impossible to install English version, if your Windows are not English! I switched the language on the download website, I tried search the webpage for custom download, I tried to switch the language in the app also... no way. User is idiot, Chrome is clever again - it knows much better what language user wants.

  2. Impossible to switch off automatic updates! There's no setting in the Chrome setup. I found some hack way to do it using registers but it doesn't work any more. I only found HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Update\ but the setting seems to have dissapeared.

Any solutions for these problems?

The only positive thing I found is that it still allows to disable the background processes it runs by default after you close the Chrome. (Just wonder when this setting will disappear, considering the ongoing virus-like policy trend in current software, with Chrome walking in the front...)

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    First of all, why would you want to disable the updates? Second, have you tried this with Chromium? – Michael K Apr 2 '12 at 10:04
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    Chrome is known to do this (just install Wireshark and watch how often it "phones home" to Google), which is exactly why I refuse to install it. As @MichaelK said, try Chromium, or install Chrome in a VM. Problem solved. – Breakthrough Apr 2 '12 at 12:16
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    In windows you can block Chrome automatic update using msconfig. – Moab Apr 2 '12 at 13:17
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    Re: automatic updates; ha! Good luck with that. This poor guy went nuts just asking that it not automatically update in the About page and they told him to get lost. Good luck trying to get them to stop automatically updating altogether. :-| – Synetech Dec 16 '12 at 3:38
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    Actually Chrome is (potentially) pretty good, it is the devs that are the virus. ☹ – Synetech Dec 17 '12 at 20:06

Chrome will use English as default language. You can change it after you download it. Go to Settings > Under The Hood > Languages and spell-checker settings > Add the language > Highlight it > from right sidebar, select "Display Google Chrome in this language". Source.

Disabling auto update in windows - Set the value of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update\AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes to the REG_SZ (string) value of "0". If the key doesn't exist, create it. Source.

  • Bibhas - as for the language - English is not default - only if you have English Windows. The default is the language of your Windows! What you write about Settings doesn't work, I tried it already - added English, but it doesn't allow to Display Chrome in it. – Tomas Apr 2 '12 at 10:24
  • As for the auto update: are you sure it will work even if the key doesn't exist? What if they changed it? HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google doesn't exist at all. – Tomas Apr 2 '12 at 10:26
  • Well, then it's a bug or Chrome doesn't support showing their browsing in that language yet. Report it. – Bibhas Apr 2 '12 at 10:27
  • Bibhas, are you sure you want to say that Chrome doesn't support English??? – Tomas Apr 2 '12 at 10:30
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    @Tomas You can also disable Google update by deleting GoogleUpdater.exe, delete it from C:\Users\[user]\AppData\Local\Google\Update (delete whole directory), but be aware that when you install a new Google product the googleupdater.exe will be re-placed. – Santosh Kumar Apr 2 '12 at 10:34

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