What is gusvc?

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GUSVC is short for Google Updater Service and it refers to an executable file that is present in computers that have been installed with Google-related software and products. This file basically performs the function of a software updater.  Whenever a computer is turned on, gusvc or the Google Update Service will automatically run and search the internet for possible updates of a particular Google software.  The main goal of the gusvc executable file is to update existing Google software to its latest available version to maximize its functionality.

People who have installed the Google Chrome browser or Google Earth for example may encounter the gusvc executable file.  Looking at the Task Manager window, one may find GoogleUpdaterService.exe or the gusvc.exe file running in the background.  Most of the time, users will not experience any concern regarding the gusvc or the Google updater file.  The problem with this file is when it interferes with the running of other programs and applications.  In the case of slow internet connection or low memory scenarios in computers, the running of the gusvc file may cause the crashing of some programs or overall system slowdown.  When this happens, some errors may occur and some of these errors may point to gusvc.exe as one of the possible causes to a slow-down or application crash.

There are also cases wherein the Google updater file or the gusvc will become infected by computer viruses.  When this happens, various errors may pop out in the computer screen especially when Google software or services are being used.  For people who have old computers, the random access memory may not be enough to support various applications at once.  With problems encountered on any open applications, some may suspect the Google updater file to be using too much of the computer’s resources.  In this case, users may need to manually stop the running of the gusvc executable file in the background.  As soon as the computer is rebooted though, the same Google updater service file will be reactivated and search again for possible updates to existing Google programs and/or software.

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