Q: Re-enable Automatic Update for Google Chrome after an Infection

Occasionally a spyware infection or a potentially unwanted program (PuP) may change Google Chrome’s default behavior to automatically update. Thus resulting in the below screen:

Google Chrome Updates are Disabled by Administrator

To resolve this issue, you will need to change a setting in the Windows Registry – before we continue.

Changes to the Windows Registry are classified as dangerous procedures and if done incorrectly may render your machine unusable. You may want to create an backup of your registry before continue for additional protection, to create a registry backup follow the steps in the Microsoft Knowledge Base 322756.

Steps to Fix Automatic Update of Google Chrome

  1. Open Registry Editor
    1. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run Dialog.
    2. Type “regedit” into the Run Dialog and hit “Enter” or click “OK”
    3. If an User Access Control dialog appears, click “Yes” to continue to open the Registry Editor.
  2. Navigate to the following Registry Path:
  3. Change the registry key UpdateDefault or DefaultUpdate to a value from 0 for Off to 1 for On.
  4. Close Registry Editor.
  5. Google Chrome should now be able to automatically update itself.
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