How to Disable DropboxMacUpdate

Posted by: on Mar 6, 2017 | One Comment

Dropbox has added an odious mandatory updater, because of course they have, and aside from dialing home a whole hell of a lot, it masquerades itself in a way that makes Little Snitch (and presumably like tools) go nuts and alert with every outreach.¬†This is probably the beginning of the end for Dropbox, it’s an overtly anti-consumer move, but until we identify the next company willing to subsidize massive online storage with dumb VC cash, there’s this simple fix!

Here’s how to say “no” to DropboxMacUpdate:

Open terminal, and run this simple command:

sudo chmod 000 ~/Library/Dropbox/

If prompted, enter your admin password.

1 Comment

  1. Jonfen
    March 9, 2017

    Thanks for posting this, you’re the only one on the internets to have brought this up. It’s been bugging me (via Little Snitch, of course) for weeks.

    If there was a way to get Little Snitch to ignore it, I’d be fine with it running periodically, but I haven’t found a way to configure Little Snitch appropriately yet (tried some “*” global path placeholders but nothing has worked so far). Know of a successful way to create a Little Snitch rule for this purpose?


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