"Updated" Tone Plays Frequently But Don't Know Why

jason.siegel

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About once a day, my Mac makes a tone, and I don't know the cause. I think it's the sound the Microsoft Office software update program would make to indicate there was updated software when I opened it periodically. I don't see any open programs though that seem to be causing this, and it's persistent. Any ideas? It's driving me nuts.
 

jason.siegel

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I uninstalled a bunch of apps to try to find the culprit, but to no avail. Any other thoughts?
 

bogdanw

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I think it's the sound the Microsoft Office software update program would make to indicate there was updated software when I opened it periodically.
You can disable Microsoft's AutoUpdate launch agent with
Code:
sudo defaults write /Library/LaunchAgents/com.microsoft.update.agent.plist Disabled -bool YES
and restart.
You can manually check for updates by opening /Library/Application Support/Microsoft/MAU2.0/Microsoft AutoUpdate.app
 

jason.siegel

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Thanks. To clarify, I meant it's the same sound but not necessarily the Microsoft AutoUpdate. I'm trying to figure out what is actually causing it.
 

bogdanw

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Check the launch agents in ~/Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchAgents. Microsoft's AutoUpdate agent has a start interval set to 43200 seconds, that's once every 12 hours.
 
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