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    Microsoft Skype – Disabling automatic updates possible
    Considering a recent MS Skype auto-update completely messed up my Skype account that I've finally got back into seemingly working order and contacts back, I was wondering if there was a way to disable the auto-update that's no longer available in the recent versions.

    I found this at their "support" page:
    auto updates for skype
    how do we stop auto updats with new version


    It's currently not possible to disable the automatic updates in the new Skype on Desktop, Mac and Linux.
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...a-27e37d8dd25f


    That of course sent me looking and I came up with this:
    Microsoft Skype (definitely) and Teams (maybe) – Disabling automatic updates
    https://soundmacguy.wordpress.com/20...matic-updates/

    But it contains some code and suggestions I need some advice with.

    It isn’t possible to disable this via managed preferences or a configuration profile as the Squirrel framework doesn’t provide a preference domain or preference for it. However, it turns out that it does have an environment variable we can set. Bear in mind that setting this knocks out automatic updates for all apps that use Squirrel (except those that Nerf that **** so hard).

    All you need to do is run this command, as the current logged in user:

    /bin/launchctl setenv DISABLE_UPDATE_CHECK 1
    And a bit more code stuff and info.

    My question is, would this be safe enough to do or what about just removing the single source of any Squirrel software that sitting here:
    /Applications/Skype.app/Contents/Frameworks/Squirrel.framework

    See here for image as well:
    https://soundmacguy.wordpress.com/20...matic-updates/

    Thanks for any help or suggestions.

    PS: I'd just do any needed Skype updates manually.

    And BTW: How can a company mess and screw up an application that used to work so well and nicely. I've lost track of how many hours I wasted getting my Skype

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    Looks like little snitch is needed????
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    Looks like little snitch is needed????

    I never really thought of that Bob and thanks for the thought.

    How did you think I should use it or set something up as I haven't really used my Little Snitch for years to block stuff if that was your thought.




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    Sorry Patrick, I haven't used LS in a very long time also. I remember it used to give alerts when something tried to connect, but don't remember the specifics. I just know it asked too often for my liking, so I uninstalled it.

    Maybe an alternative would work better, https://alternativeto.net/software/little-snitch/?
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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