I use Google Desktop and have tried GTalk (a few times) so I’ve downloaded my share of Google software. Recently, I was added a Windows scheduled task and found the list of Google Scheduled tasks on my machine rather alarming. Google’s software had added tasks to my machine requesting updates at nearly every interval you could possibly imagine:
- when the machine booted
- when it goes idle
- in the morning
- in the evening
…and pretty much everything in between with many of these tasks repeated on the hour every hour all day. Basically, whenever my machine transitioned the Google Updater was getting called. Hmm, where’s the “Don’t be evil” in that? I’ve disabled (using $g(autoruns)) all but one of these but btw, I’m not the only one who has noticed this and now I have to see if the updater is running continuously. Here is an overview of the scheduled task logic which I need to find some time to review and see whether or not the changes I’ve made were incorrect.