I just found the new version 5.0 of Google Earth – since I’m a diver I’m special interested in the new underwater content and undersea maps. When I started the newest Google Earth version after moving it into my application folder I was asked wether to install the Google Update Agent or Quit.

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I do not like to have the update agent running in background on my PC. The only app I use is Google Earth – I do not use any plugins and do not let google read my emails through gmail. In order to get rid of the Update Agent you need to confirm to install the Updater and block the communication with little snitch 😉

[Update3:] you do not need little snitch – if you want to ensure that the Update Agent does not install additional packages or frameworks you can also cut your internet connection. Although I cannot confirm that such things might happen – I just wanted to get sure. (My inital post might have been a little missleading according to this thread on heise.de)

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The updater is located here afterwards: Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle

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Now execute two commands from your home directory – the first will remove the current Update agent, the second will prevent that it gets reinstalled next time you launch google earth:


sudo Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/GoogleSoftwareUpdateAgent.app/Contents/Resources/install.py --nuke

sudo rm /Applications/Google Earth.app/Contents/Frameworks/KeystoneRegistration.framework/Resources/Keystone.tbz 

As you can see the directory is gone:

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[Update1:] direct link to Google Earth Client:http://dl.google.com/earth/client/current/GoogleEarthMac.dmg

[Update2:] Had to temporary delete this post as the Updater was reinstalled after relaunch of google earth. I finally managed to find a way to prevent this by deleting the bzip file that is unpacked on restart if Updater is not installed  (second command above).