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#1 Philip Brampton

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 12:24 PM

I like very much the Google Tool Bar,that is to say the earlier version.The latest version is dreadful.
I would like to disable the auto update facility.
Has anyone been sucessful in blocking this.
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Posted 19 October 2006 - 02:32 PM

Found this using a "Google Search" of all things.... :thumbsup:

And it comes with about 6 caveats of use at your own risk, and back up anything you are afraid of losing if you kill your machine in the process.


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#3 Philip Brampton

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Posted 19 October 2006 - 03:02 PM

Perhaps when i have worked up enough courage.

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 12:35 AM

Try stopping the Google Updater in your startup menu.
I recommend Startup Inspector to manage your startup menu as it is easier to use and better identifies the startup item than does msconfig, the Windows utility.
Startup Inspector freeware (manages startup menu helps you identify aps in the startup menu so you can disable unnecessary programs from running in the background when they are not needed)


Startup Monitor (a small freeware ap available on the same page to notify you and require your permission for any program to add itself to your startup menu)


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#5 Philip Brampton

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Posted 20 October 2006 - 04:48 AM

Thanks a lot.
I have tried downloading your suggestion.
Unfortunately Google tool bar is not in the list.That might just be because i have removed every reference to Google tool bar from my firewall (ZA Pro).
I do,however, have another application(Autoruns) where it does appear.
At the moment i have my prefered version.It did not update last night,so maybe removing all references in ZA did the trick.We shall see.
If that does not work the next step will be stopping at startup.
Thanks again

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 05:46 AM

I found this on the Forum.It seems to work.

To try and prevent the toolbar from updating, I added
'toolbar.google.com' to my HOSTS file. If you're unsure how to do
this, perform the following for Windows (need to be running as an
- Uninstall the new toolbar and go download and install the old version
3 toolbar.
- Open Notepad and go to File > Open
- Type in the box: c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
- Hit Open
- Go to the end of the file and add the following line to the bottom: toolbar.google.com
Save the file.
What this does is tell your computer that the location
'toolbar.google.com' is now located on your computer (which it
obviously isn't). When the toolbar tries to contact Google to update,
it will not be able to. This is all based on the assumption that the
toolbar must contact 'toolbar.google.com' in order to update. It also
impact everything that tries to contact this address, meaning you will
need to remove or comment-out that line in order to access the address
with your web browser.
Please note that this change will effect everyone who uses this
computer. Additionally, this prevents you from being automatically
patched if an exploit is found in the Google toolbar. Google might also
change something in the future which causes the toolbar to break
because of this change. To undo the changes, just remove the added line
from the file.

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