How to get rid of Microsoft AutoUpdate

GIZBUG

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Every morning I have this popup window on macOS Catalina. Running latest version.
Not sure how to disable get rid of this annoying popup. Ive searched for an uninstall but can't find one.

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Eliott69

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On the main drive (usually called Macintosh HD) go to the folder Library > LaunchAgents and move the following file away (or delete it):
com.microsoft.update.agent.plist
 
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Northern Man

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Every morning I have this popup window on macOS Catalina. Running latest version.
Not sure how to disable get rid of this annoying popup. Ive searched for an uninstall but can't find one.

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I got this popup today for the first time (at least looking like that). Is Tim now taking backhanders from Microsoft to further infiltrate Apple tools?
 

bogdanw

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Every morning I have this popup window on macOS Catalina. Running latest version.
Not sure how to disable get rid of this annoying popup. Ive searched for an uninstall but can't find one.
The app is here /Library/Application Support/Microsoft/MAU2.0/Microsoft AutoUpdate.app
However, deleting it is useless if you still have Microsoft apps installed (Word, Edge or others) because they will require you to install it again.
Here is how I managed to stop it from launching at start-up, from Terminal
Code:
sudo defaults write /Library/LaunchAgents/com.microsoft.update.agent.plist Disabled -bool YES
sudo defaults write /Library/LaunchAgents/com.microsoft.update.agent.plist RunAtLoad -bool NO
sudo chflags schg /Library/LaunchAgents/com.microsoft.update.agent.plist
 
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Smoothie

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This behavior started with the last update to AutoUpdate. I'll find the app running in the dock, but it won't quit unless I hit force quit. This happens periodically even if I don't re-start my Mac. I'm still running Mojave, so this is clearly a Microsoft problem and I hope they fix it quickly.
 
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bogdanw

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One more thing, if you want to disable feedback, telemetry and starting of the Microsoft AutoUpdate app when you start another Microsoft app:
Code:
defaults write com.microsoft.autoupdate2 'MAUFeedbackEnabled' -bool FALSE
defaults write com.microsoft.autoupdate2 'SendAllTelemetryEnabled' -bool FALSE
defaults write com.microsoft.autoupdate2 'StartDaemonOnAppLaunch' -bool FALSE
 

ProTruckDriver

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Jul 28, 2016
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I was getting it every morning also. Now I don't get it anymore. I booted into "Safe Mode" then after signing into Safe Mode I went to shut down (not restart) computer. After the computer shut down I started the computer up. I haven't seen this update popup after doing that. I hope it works for you, it did for me. :)
 

calbear92

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I just re-downloaded Office from the Mac App Store and installed. (Originally, Office installed from MS DMG) Then, the MS Auto Update goes away and you will get "update" notifications from the Mac App Store. Much less intrusive IMO.
 

CTHarrryH

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I had this issue also - I did the total restart of the system and it seems to not happen today - we'll see
 

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