A couple of times in the forums I came across a question from users of Microsoft Office uninstallation with macOS, the most common one might sound like this: “I uninstalled Office from my MacBook, but I receive notifications from Microsoft AutoUpdate about software updates. How can it What if I removed Office? How to remove Microsoft AutoUpdate?”
In this article, it’s time to put an end to this annoying program and permanently remove it from the system.
Microsoft AutoUpdate on Mac
I won’t talk for a long time about the fact that these are the remnants of the former Office from Microsoft, who are responsible for updating the product. Let’s just find where he is hiding in the system.
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Removing Microsoft AutoUpdate
Microsoft Auto Update had 19 files on macOS in several directories after I already deleted them from ~/Library/Containers. You must delete these folders to completely remove the application and all its traces. Some directories have spaces in their names. Be sure to enter these backslash spaces if you use rm -Rf to remove them!
- Open the Terminal;
- In your system library you should find the file /Library/Application Support/Microsoft/MAU2.0/Microsoft AutoUpdate.app and delete it with the following command:
rm -Rf /Library/Application Support/Microsoft/MAU2.0/Microsoft AutoUpdate.app
Note: Directory paths may vary slightly depending on macOS versions. All that described in this article found in macOS Mojave 10.14.1.
In fact, this is the main command to get rid of annoying app. Everything else is optional, but if this is not enough for you and you like to finish the job, then the files in the following directories are also subject to disposal:
- In your System Library:
/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/MAU2.0/Microsoft AutoUpdate.app
- In your User-Library:
~/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.autoupdate2.plist ~/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.autoupdate.fba.plist ~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft AU Daemon\ ~/Library/Saved Application State/com.microsoft.autoupdate2.savedState
You will also find temporary files, they are located in four different places, but your Mac will clean them yourself over time.