So far as I know, I don't have any Microsoft applications on my MacBook Air. I had installed Microsoft Teams in the past, which I later uninstalled by dragging the app to the trash (after I first saw this prompt) as it wasn't in use. Still, I get the 'Microsoft AutoUpdate' prompt often.

How do I get rid of this permanently?

Microsoft autoupdate


The message is provided by Microsoft AutoUpdate.
You can disable the message without removing AU by setting the following key:

defaults write com.microsoft.autoupdate2.plist \
    AcknowledgedDataCollectionPolicy RequiredDataOnly


To completely remove AU from your system, delete the following:

  • /Library/Application Support/Microsoft/MAU2.0/
  • ~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft AutoUpdate/
  • ~/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.autoupdate2.plist
  • ~/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.autoupdate.fba.plist
  • /Library/LaunchAgents/com.microsoft.update.agent.plist
  • Is it safe to remove it completely? There is one folder in ~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft AU Daemon/. What is it with that folder? – Kishor Pawar Jul 25 '19 at 11:39
  • @Kishor I don't have a folder, just a tiny database with 2 rows containing metadata of last update times etc. – grg Jul 25 '19 at 11:49
  • Yes. I removed that folder too. I am afraid of Microsoft's update, that too on Mac. – Kishor Pawar Jul 25 '19 at 11:50

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