Google's Mac Picasa Uploader Installs More Without Asking

If you recently installed Google’s Picasa Web Albums Uploader you got a little more than you bargained for. Google took the liberty of throwing in a daemon or two that try to connect to the internet to update and do god knows what else. You can’t turn it off from the application and it runs even when the application isn’t. Google neither asks nor mention what exactly this little puppy does (unless it is hidden in the long license agreement that almost no one reads).

Want to get rid of it? I did.

You have two options:

  • 1) open up terminal and type sudo rm -dr //Library/Google/; sudo rm /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.google.keystone.daemon.plist; sudo rm /Library/LaunchAgents/com.google.keystone.agent.plist
  • 2) manually delete them.
    • a. click on your hard drive icon, open the library folder
    • b. delete the “Google” folder
    • c. open “LaunchDaemons” folder and delete the “com.google.keystone.daemon.plist” file
    • d. open “LaunchAgents” folder and delete the “com.google.keystone.agent.plist” file

I hate applications that check for updates without asking me. If you don’t hate that then you might be fine leaving the files in place, so long as it is just trying to look for an update to Picasa Web Albums Uploader…