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How to disable DropBox Update?

How to disable DropBox Update?

Laionidas
Helpful | Level 5

How do I prevent DropBox Update from booting on Windows (10 Pro) startup?

I've tried everything (see screenshots below spoilertag), but it will still boot, and I have to kill it manually every time I reboot my laptop. This is bordering on malware.

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Re: How to disable DropBox Update?

Rich
Super User II

schroumpf wrote:

I think tampering with a private (or company) computer without authorisation is called 'hacking' and I believ it is illegal.


When it's unauthorized, that's correct, but Dropbox updating itself is completely authorized. It's stated in the terms that it may update itself periodically. These are the terms that you agree to by using the software and service so, effectively, you authorized Dropbox to update itself as needed.

 

Dropbox should be brough to court for passed hacking activities and forced to stop this practice.

Dropbox hasn't "hacked" anything. A program self updating, even without user control/intervention, is not hacking. If you're a Windows 10 user then you experience the same thing with the forced Windows Updates. Is Microsoft hacking your computer as well?

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Re: How to disable DropBox Update?

Rich
Super User II

You can't. Dropbox will always add and/or start the update process as it sees fit.

Re: How to disable DropBox Update?

Laionidas
Helpful | Level 5

That's pretty ridiculous. No program should do that, no matter how trusted.

 

I might just try and delete DropboxUpdate.exe and see what that does. If it messes up my Dropbox installation, I can always reïnstall the desktop app.

Re: How to disable DropBox Update?

schroumpf
New member | Level 2

I think tampering with a private (or company) computer without authorisation is called 'hacking' and I believ it is illegal.

Dropbox should be brough to court for passed hacking activities and forced to stop this practice.

As far as I am concerned I will uninstall dropbox check for cloud without forced update and if I do not find it I'll switch to micro sd cards that are now available in 500 gb and do not force me to struggle for internet connection.

Re: How to disable DropBox Update?

Rich
Super User II

schroumpf wrote:

I think tampering with a private (or company) computer without authorisation is called 'hacking' and I believ it is illegal.


When it's unauthorized, that's correct, but Dropbox updating itself is completely authorized. It's stated in the terms that it may update itself periodically. These are the terms that you agree to by using the software and service so, effectively, you authorized Dropbox to update itself as needed.

 

Dropbox should be brough to court for passed hacking activities and forced to stop this practice.

Dropbox hasn't "hacked" anything. A program self updating, even without user control/intervention, is not hacking. If you're a Windows 10 user then you experience the same thing with the forced Windows Updates. Is Microsoft hacking your computer as well?

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Re: How to disable DropBox Update?

aircatcher
New member | Level 2

Why such option as "Disable update" is not available? I mean it is something that is crucial, considering not all users have a fast connection, I mean I only maxed out at 2 Mbps (I know, it is very bad, don't argue)

Re: How to disable DropBox Update?

Wojtek
Helpful | Level 5

This is beyond stupid! And the updater is so ef-uped that it's downloading 160MB of update almost every day. Dear effin Dropbox - add option how often the update should be checked and if I want to get the dam update - in the end this is MY machine and not yours, and it seems (with the beloved "Terms of service") you think you can do virtually everything... So this is more like "legal virus".

Actually I'm on the verge of getting rid of this "application" as it's so annoying…

Re: How to disable DropBox Update?

Walter
Dropboxer

Hey @Wojtek - Welcome to the Dropbox Community!

First off, let me start by saying that I am sorry to hear about this cumbersome situation. I understand that you don't like applications tampering with your machine and I would like to help as much as I can with this. 

Moreover, as this is not currently possible due to the fact that we always need to update to the latest version of the desktop app because each new version includes a number of key updates and it’s important that you run the latest version whenever possible, I wanted to thank you for this feature request.  We are always looking for our users' input when creating the next version of the desktop app and I will personally make sure your comments are passed along to our dev team.

In the meantime, you can completely uninstall the application and use the web only to access your files. 

I know this is not much of a solution but I really hope it helps in a way. If there's anything else I can assist you with, please do let me know. 

Thank you in advance and have a wonderful weekend ahead! 


Walter
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


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Re: How to disable DropBox Update?

pbarney
Helpful | Level 6

Thank you for the honest response. If Dropbox wants people to accept automatic updates then you NEED to start publishing a changelog. As far as I can tell, you refuse to do that.

 

Every single time Dropbox wants to update, I don't know why. Could it be that their update servers were hacked and are offering free botnet subscriptions? Could they be forcibly introducing "features" that we don't want? Or are they fixing security holes? I literally have NO IDEA!

 

It's a bit like: "Stick your hand into this bag and grab some stuff!" Candy? Bees? Who knows?

 

If we only knew what the updates were about, we'd be more likely to accept them.

 

So I ask: what will it take to get a changelog for every update?

Re: How to disable DropBox Update?

Mark
Super User II

They've listened pbarney... they are starting to appear over on the Beta builds pages but maybe a few days delayed: https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/Desktop-client-builds/Beta-Build-50-3-68/m-p/276583#M4610


 


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