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Forum Thread: Google Chrome Keeps One "Old" Version

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J-Mac Google Chrome Keeps One "Old" Version
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I just updated Google Chrome to V.25.X from V.24.X, however Secunia is still flagging the file named old_chrome.exe that Google renames and leaves in the Program Files folder. It does not appear that they run the file and I have no idea why they keep the file after the update. But the result in PSI is that I have a ding against Google Chrome for a file that Google appears to want to keep there.

Maybe Secunia can find out why Google keeps the old file?

Thank you.


Maurice Joyce RE: Google Chrome Keeps One "Old" Version
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It is explained in the FAQ here:


Windows 7 SP1 64 Bit OS
HP Intel Pentium i7
IE 11 for Windows 7 SP1
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J-Mac RE: Google Chrome Keeps One "Old" Version
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Thank you Maurice - I would never have found that; I read the FAQ a while back and that has apparently been added since.

Well I guess I can either leave things as they are or delete the old file, though I think I prefer to keep what the developer wanted there (Google).

Thanks again!

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mogs RE: Google Chrome Keeps One "Old" Version
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All versions of Chrome leave behind the previous version/file.....the only reason I've found is :-
When you update your Google Chrome browser to its latest version, using its updater module, the old files of the earlier version are always left behind on your disk. This is because, if you wish to roll-back your Chrome to its earlier version, these old files make it possible to do so.

You are lucky in some respects....inasmuch as psi reminds you that the old Chrome Stable file is still present....whereas if you are using Beta/Dev/Canary versions....psi does not monitor them or other beta/dev progs.........with Canary, an old version needs to be removed almost every day.......

Tip for Chrome users :-
Get the Chrome gold icon
Chrome’s default icon is a multi-coloured circular design that resembles the popular 1980s electronic toy, Simon. But there is a way to change Chrome’s usual icon into a snazzy gold one instead. If the Chrome icon is not already present on your Windows Desktop, you can make it appear by clicking Start, then All Programs followed by Google Chrome.
Right-click the Chrome icon and select Copy. Now right-click on a blank area of the Desktop and click Paste. Right-click the new icon and select Properties. Under the Shortcut tab of the dialogue box that opens, click the Change Icon button. In the next window that opens, highlight the gold icon, then click OK and OK again and the icon will have turned to purest gold.

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