Anthony Giorgianni wrote:
> Found the problem. If was Google desktop search. When I shut if off,
> everything went back to normal. Not sure why it suddenly started doing this.
Google installs their GoogleUpdater.exe program. Rather than telling
you about updates to their software so you can choose if and when to
install them, Google forces updates to your host so you have the latest
version of their software. They don't care about your security. They
don't care about modifying the state of your host without your
permission. You might want to reconsider what, if any, Google software
you install on your host. Shoving new versions onto your host whenever
they want doesn't mean the latest version is the best one for you. That
Google can install new versions of their software means they have remote
control of your host.
Since an update could change the service back to Automatic and reinstall
their updater program, you're best to get rid of the Google stuff.
Google even defies standard Windows install practices and uses a trick
to let non-admin users to install Google software. Google is rude.
Alternatively, you could define a SRP (software restriction policy)
using gpedit.msc or secpol.msc that blocks googleupdater.exe from ever
loading. That way, if they reinstall it, it still gets blocked from
running (if they put it in the same path). If you have multiple Google
products installed, check under the install folder for each for their
updater (although, as I recall, it was under a separate same-level
subfolder from the product's folder).