I logged into my Windows XP Pro machine this morning. I run ZoneAlarm Security Suite:
ZoneAlarm Security Suite version:8.0.059.000
Anti-virus engine version:184.108.40.2068
Anti-virus signature DAT file version:976116795
Anti-spyware engine version:220.127.116.11
Anti-spyware signature DAT file version:01.200901.5145
I was very surprised to have an alert from Zone Alarm telling me "Google Expander" wanted to run. Not being fully awake, I permitted it to run. Now I see that in Program Files/Google, I have Chrome.exe. I have intentionally not installed Chrome, wanting to keep the pollution factor low on my machine. But, I see I have chrome.exe with a creation time stamp of 12/12/2008 2:04 PM. Something was updated this morning: 1/14/2009 4:49 AM, hours before I came to my machine.
Is there any guess as to where/how I picked up Google Chrome?
How did it do updates without my authorization, even through ZoneAlarm?
Operating System:Windows XP Pro
Product Name:ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite