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Google installed something called

GoogleSoftwareUpdateAgent

That will run endlessly in background every hour, consuming resources and battery life.

Here is a snippet from Console-system log.

Aug 16 03:40:58 myMBA GoogleSoftwareUpdateAgent[18523]: 2017-08-16 03:40:58.581 GoogleSoftwareUpdateAgent[18523/0x7fffe42623c0] [lvl=2] -[KSAgentApp(PrivateMethods) setupLoggerOutput] Agent default/global settings: <KSAgentSettings:0x100420620 bundleID=com.google.Keystone.Agent lastCheck=2017-08-16 05:11:24 +0000 lastServerCheck=2017-08-16 05:11:22 +0000 lastCheckStart=2017-08-16 00:35:06 +0000 checkInterval=604800.000000 uiDisplayInterval=604800.000000 sleepInterval=60480.000000 jitterInterval=900 maxRunInterval=0.000000 isConsoleUser=1 ticketStorePath=/Users/xxxyyy/Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/TicketStore/Keystone.ticketstore runMode=3 daemonUpdateEngineBrokerServiceName=com.google.Keystone.Daemon.UpdateEngine daemonAdministrationServiceName=com.google.Keystone.Daemon.Administration logEverything=0 logBufferSize=2048 alwaysPromptForUpdates=0 productIDToUpdate=(null) lastUIDisplayed=2016-09-03 01:32:53 +0000 alwaysShowStatusItem=0 updateCheckTag=(null) printResults=NO userInitiated=NO>

Aug 16 04:41:21 myMBA GoogleSoftwareUpdateAgent[18567]: 2017-08-16 04:41:21.560 GoogleSoftwareUpdateAgent[18567/0x7fffe42623c0] [lvl=2] -[KSAgentApp(PrivateMethods) setupLoggerOutput] Agent default/global settings: <KSAgentSettings:0x100332590 bundleID=com.google.Keystone.Agent lastCheck=2017-08-16 05:11:24 +0000 lastServerCheck=2017-08-16 05:11:22 +0000 lastCheckStart=2017-08-16 00:35:06 +0000 checkInterval=604800.000000 uiDisplayInterval=604800.000000 sleepInterval=60480.000000 jitterInterval=900 maxRunInterval=0.000000 isConsoleUser=1 ticketStorePath=/Users/xxxyyy/Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/TicketStore/Keystone.ticketstore runMode=3 daemonUpdateEngineBrokerServiceName=com.google.Keystone.Daemon.UpdateEngine daemonAdministrationServiceName=com.google.Keystone.Daemon.Administration logEverything=0 logBufferSize=2048 alwaysPromptForUpdates=0 productIDToUpdate=(null) lastUIDisplayed=2016-09-03 01:32:53 +0000 alwaysShowStatusItem=0 updateCheckTag=(null) printResults=NO userInitiated=NO>

It is seemingly trying to update Google software on my Mac. I have changed its check interval from 18000 (5 hr) to 604800 (once per week) with

defaults write com.google.Keystone.Agent checkInterval 604800


but it is ignoring that.

Macbook Air 2012 with Sierra.

How do I fix it, or kill it.

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Since I'm by no means qualified to fix Google problems, I ended up using brute force.

First I renamed this folder : /Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/

Then I killed the GoogleSoftwareUpdate update Program with

sudo launchctl remove com.google.keystone.system.agent

First result is in: (Victory)

Aug 16 20:51:06 myMBA com.apple.xpc.launchd[1] (com.google.keystone.system.agent[771]): Could not find and/or execute program specified by service: 2: No such file or directory: /Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/GoogleSoftwareUpdateAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/GoogleSoftwareUpdateAgent

We will see tomorrow if it stays put over night and stops trying to update Google Software every hour.

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