How to Delete Microsoft AutoUpdate from Mac

Jul 20, 2019 - 74 Comments

Delete Microsoft AutoUpdate from Mac

Want to delete Microsoft AutoUpdate from a Mac? Perhaps you uninstalled Microsoft Office or some other Microsoft applications from the Mac and thus have no further need for Microsoft applications to automatically update themselves. In any case, you can remove the Microsoft AutoUpdate application from Mac OS.

If Microsoft AutoUpdate is currently running you’ll need to quit out of the application first. You can also forcibly quit the Microsoft AutoUpdate app from Activity Monitor if needed.

How to Remove Microsoft AutoUpdate from MacOS

This will delete the Microsoft AutoUpdate app from the Mac:

  1. From the Finder of MacOS, pull down the “Go” menu and choose “Go To Folder” (or hit Command+Shift+G) and enter the following path:
  2. /Library/Application Support/Microsoft/

  3. Locate the folder named something like “MAU” or “MAU2.0” and open that directory
  4. Locate and drag “Microsoft” to the Trash
  5. Delete Microsoft AutoUpdate application from the Mac

  6. Empty the Trash as usual *
  7. Close the MAU folder and continue using your Mac as usual

With Microsoft AutoUpdate deleted, Microsoft AutoUpdate will no longer be on the Mac or run to update software automatically.

Stopping in Mac OS

You can also delete “” if you find that running in the background on a Mac:

  1. From the Finder, select the “Go” menu and “Go To Folder” entering the following path:
  2. /Library/LaunchAgents

  3. Locate “” and add it to the Trash
  4. Next go to:
  5. /Library/LaunchDaemons/

  6. Drag “” to the Trash
  7. And now go to:
  8. /Library/PrivilegedHelperTools

  9. Drag “” to the Trash
  10. Empty the Trash

If you still want to have and use Microsoft apps on the Mac, deleting the Microsoft AutoUpdate application may lead to some unintended consequences besides having outdated software from Microsoft, so it’s probably best to not remove it if you’re a heavy Microsoft software user, whether that’s Microsoft Office, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Edge, or anything else.

* You can also delete the file specifically from Trash if you want to leave other items in the Trash alone for now.
Thanks to Bogdan in the comments for the additional info!

If you know of any other ways to manage, tame, or remove the Microsoft AutoUpdate application on the Mac, share in the comments below!


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. trjonas says:

    This is awesome!! So easy, and worked perfectly right away. I was concerned that my Microsoft applications wouldn’t open without this file, but they did.

    (The reason I wanted to not run updates: I purchased and installed Microsoft Office Home & Business 2019 on my new iMac a few years ago. When I ran into a technical issue this week, the actually very fantastic Microsoft tech support rep helped me to uninstall it and install it again, but warned me that if I ran updates, I would run into issues again, so told me to always click “no” to the Microsoft Update request for the foreseeable future. I didn’t want to have to be clicking “no” every day in every Office app, so I loved finding this. Thank you!!)

  2. Hans says:

    This is so helpfull! Thank you so much!

  3. Riiz says:

    This just shows how we all hate this little app. We pay for 365 yet Microsoft keeps bugging me to update almost daily. WTF is that? Such a pain. If my work allow, I’d definitely ditch Office. I better go with Pages or whatever.

    • Rrei says:

      I just went to /Library/Application Support/Microsoft/ and added a dot after .app i.e. (Microsoft Change the name and it can’t find it. Seems to be working but only been a week or so

  4. Sebastian says:

    Thank you for your help!
    This works great :)

    The only downside is that once in a while, like every couple of days, the autoupdate app is somehow back in the folder and I have to redo the process.
    Seems like one can never really get rid of it :(

  5. EJ says:

    Success! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH.

  6. Jonathan says:

    This solution is mentioned earlier in the thread and worked well for me:

    I moved the files to an external drive and plan to put them back and update once every 3 months.

  7. NewsView says:

    You don’t have to delete Microsoft Updater to resolve the intrusiveness of the app.

    Zip (or perhaps relocate) the folder so it doesn’t run automatically.

    Edit the reminder interval (must first give yourself permissions via a “Get Info” on the Plist file where the AutoUpdate configuration file is located in /Library/LaunchAgents/

    Or use Terminal to disable automatic check, which seems to be an ongoing issue in macOS even when “automatic updates” are disabled (just be aware that if the MicrosoftUpdater updates yourself, you may have to apply these changes again):

    But the long-term solution is to be a squeaky wheel with Microsoft. Their support will say in response to discussions like the following that all you have to do is uncheck automatic updates. But as many similar discussions have pointed out, there is a difference between automatically downloading and installing updates and being able to prevent the auto-launch of the Microsoft Updater on a daily basis, which will then proceed to issue a notification even if there are no updates relevant to your version.

    The MicrosoftUpdater app is acting like pesky adware by constantly using that software to notify you that you will need to upgrade your macOS to obtain the latest MS 365 software. This is intrusive behavior on the part of Microsoft and they have obfuscated users’ ability to go to the General Settings (or Users and Groups for older versions of macOS) and edit this behavior under login items.

    In my opinion, Apple should force Microsoft to comply with best practices by allowing this pop-up that auto launches this updater app to be disabled in the login items menu under System Settings/System Preferences. Barring that compliance request from Apple, Mac users should continue raising this issue on the Microsoft Community forums until Microsoft Support finally understands (or admits) that unchecking Auto Update in the MicrosoftUpdater dialog box has no impact on whether the Auto Updater generates daily notifications.

    If all else fails, it would be nice to see OS X Daily or similar tech journalism website scold Microsoft for modeling their Updater after adware.

  8. Jeff says:

    Success! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH.

  9. saviour says:

    I put this shell script together for it.

    just the same as running this below.

    sudo rm -rf /Library/Application\ Support/Microsoft/MAU2.0
    sudo rm -rf /Library/LaunchAgents/
    sudo rm -rf /Library/LaunchDaemons/
    sudo rm -rf /Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/

  10. Great says:

    THAAANKK YOOU!!! Saved my life. Clear instructions, perfect!!!

  11. Storm says:

    Awesome ! We are in 2023 and still works.
    Bravo to the author of this page

  12. Hus says:

    AWESOME !!!!
    We are in 2023 and this trick still works.
    Thanks a lot to the author as Microsoft themselves never mentions this (may be for some sort of their own reason).

    Instead of trashing it, I followed one of the advice here, is to place the AutoUpdate file in another folder and Zip it. Just in case I want to launch some updates later on.


  13. Ivan Bok says:

    In case you want to keep it, just zip it up and keep it in a folder somewhere else where it can’t run as an application. To restore it just unzip and place it back in the original directory.

    No need to trash it.

  14. Serge says:

    This tip was published three years ago and it’s still relevant. Thank you!

  15. Amir parsa says:

    thanks very very helpfull :*

  16. jerome says:

    Thank you, that annoying popup ever time was fucked up. This helped a lot.

  17. na says:

    Thank you!!

  18. Pokerface says:

    Thanks very much for this quick & easy fix! the AutoUpdate was just too annoying..

  19. expa says:

    Thank you!

  20. Twinkle says:

    Works! Thank you!

  21. Jobe says:

    Thank you so much !
    Just what I need since f***ing MS wants money to update to next Office version.

  22. N0ne says:


  23. Happy Mac User says:

    I knew there was this article! thank you so much and F*CK MICROSOFT AUTOUPDATE, what a trash, how can they ignore so much the user preferences, it was impoooooossible to find where to put it off, jesus christ, even with 0 ZERO microsoft applications it kept bringing up this stupid autoupdate window, NO THANKS I RATHER STICK WITH PAGES, KEYNOTE and SLIDES

  24. TGreg says:

    Thank you! Keeping the Office 2016, don’t need the daily hassle to upgrade.

  25. Sunita says:


  26. Thanks!!)) says:


  27. James says:

    Wow! Spot On directions. Easy to follow and, best of all, it worked! No more auto updates from the GD microsoft.

  28. Billy says:


  29. Rick says:

    “Microsoft knows best” is precisely why I’ve done my best to avoid MS software for three decades. Thank you.

  30. Luis Alberto says:

    Thanks! Quite useful!

  31. DS says:

    Thank you – I wish MSFT would stop trying to dominate my computer. I nearly uninstalled the Edge Browser because of this.

  32. Steven says:

    One reason to remove Updater and still have Microsoft applications on my computer is because it’s an older Mac. I can’t update Office apps anymore, but darn updater still asks me too. Only to then tell me that I have to upgrade MacOS first. HighSierra is as far is this old boy can go.
    Thanks for the tip, saved me a lot of time and frustration.

  33. Jeremy says:

    I was unable to find MAU or MAU2.0 yet I’m still getting the pop up. Any suggestions?

    • Jim Demers says:

      If you can’t locate it, use Spotlight to search for ‘autoupdate’. It could be in your user Library.

  34. vick says:

    That was so easy to follow to delete Microsoft update.
    Thank you

  35. Donna Ellis says:

    I would never have thought of this – thank you for the help!

  36. Richard Hull says:

    Brilliant, thanks

  37. Saku says:

    Earlier today I deleted all of MS Office and what do you know! Just now MS autoupdate ran requiring me to OK some user license. Totally infuriating! Thanks for this tip, hope it’s good riddance this time.

  38. Keith C Smith says:

    Right-click/Control-click on the MAU2.0 folder and select Get Info. Click on the little Unlock button in the bottom right corner and enter your Admin username and password. In the Sharing & Permissions area, change Everyone to No Access. Click on the Lock button again and close the Info window.

    Check for Updates no longer appears in the Help menu of Office apps and the system can no longer run AutoUpdate.

    • Jessica B says:

      Tried this instead since it’s a work computer, hope it works!

    • Pablo says:

      greeeaaatt tip..thanks Keith

    • Fernando C. says:

      Keith, this is by far the best advice. Rather than deleting files, this approach does away with AutoUpdate’s annoying habits by fencing it off. This can be easily re-enabled when the user feels like checking for updates. Thanks.

    • Ace Ventura says:

      @Keith C Smith
      Genius! Works as described!
      Using the same logic, can I also use the same solution
      to block access to “com.adobe.AAM.Updater-1.0.plist” in Library / Launch Agents?

  39. lhac says:

    I don’t mind having Autoupdate running. What I mind is that:
    • I cannot choose to do installations manually, but I am forced to allow automatic download and installation
    • when I open a Word doc, I get an annoying banner telling me to run autoupdate. When I run it, it tells me there is nothing to update.

  40. Aidan says:

    After you locate the Microsoft Auto Updater you can double click on it and choose to turn off the automatic update, no need to delete the entire thing.

    • SysAdmin says:

      Wrong. It will always launch, and it always picks the most inconvenient time like when you’re screen sharing, or in the middle of a game.

    • Horst says:

      No Sir! Because it is bad programmed software hitting the box does not keep it from bothering you. Would also been nice to be asked if I want it at the first place.

  41. Mario says:

    I have just blocked it with Lulu…
    No need to trash it

  42. Tony Maceo says:

    Thank you for the easy to follow instructions. I deleted the file and the annoying update balloon no longer appears when I open my docs. I use Word sparingly but the autoupdate gave me the creeps when I could not stop it.

    I hate that these corporations insert program language into our machines and our software (we bought it, we own it) in an effort to get more money from their customers. Greed!

  43. Steve Madison says:

    Rather than throw the “MAU” or “MAU2.0” folder away and lose the ability to auto-update if you change your mind in the future, here’s how to hide MS Auto-Update:
    1) From the Finder of MacOS, pull down the “Go” menu and choose “Go To Folder” (or hit Command+Shift+G) and enter the following path: /Library/Application Support/Microsoft/
    2) Add a new folder in this folder and name it something MS will not recognize like “ms_auto update app”
    3) Drop the “MAU” or “MAU2.0” folder into the new folder and MS AutoUpdate app will be hidden from MS

  44. Miles says:

    Thank you, so much! I read countless articles leading to no solution. Yours was the answer with no b.s. included. Just restarted the computer and it is totally gone!

  45. Nicolas says:


  46. iAnna says:

    Thank you very much! What a relief!

  47. Mike W says:

    Thanks for this!

    It was killing me

  48. Jessica Lee says:

    I was so upset about this Microsoft auto-update option in my mac system. I could not delete from my mac os. Your article process gave me a solution.

  49. Isidore says:

    Another way of taming autoupdate is to use Little Snitch to block connections to Microsoft’s servers

  50. Djay says:

    it works. thankyou!

  51. Hardwoodhal says:

    Does this process work for eliminating updates to uninstalled Malwarebytes?

    • Paul says:

      No these instructions are only for removing Microsoft AutoUpdater.

      MalwareBytes is a totally different application from a different company, but that app should include a separate uninstaller if you want to remove it. You should also be able to uninstall Malwarebytes from that applications “Help” menu.

  52. Daniel Wells says:

    Thanks for the information – I’m getting the autoupdate window everytime I start up and the only microsoft software I’ve ever had on this machine was Silverlight…Silverlight in long gone, but the updater still remains.

    • Guy says:

      Precisely right. The binary is being sourced from a package I have yet to find. As you, the recursive delete of all things microsoft has not remedied the situation… that should teach me a lesson…
      Clearly there is another application built to microsoft api specs still in play.

    • Guy says:

      Precisely right. The binary is being sourced from a package I have yet to find. As you, the recursive delete of all things microsoft has not remedied the situation… that should teach me a lesson…
      Clearly there is another application built to microsoft api specs still in play. Skype??

  53. Bogdan says:

    You should also delete from ~/Library/PrivilegedHelperTools, from ~/Library/LaunchAgents and from ~/Library/LaunchDaemons

    • Paul says:

      Excellent additional information, thanks Bogdan!

    • Ayutube Sini says:

      I did a spotlight search on my MacBook Pro for Microsoft Autoupdate and saw the following folders:


      I can’t even locate them in the computer
      Are they viruses

  54. 1252 says:

    Thank you, but this information came for me 2 days late.
    I spent some two hours to find this autoupdater and I think it was placed in a different folder as displayed on the printscreen.
    I don’t know why Microsoft do not provide an uninstaller, are they thinking that once installed the user will not swap to iWork or some other free Office?

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