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How to Disable Automatic Updates

asked 2023-03-02 21:59:31 +0000

andrewcalhoun33 gravatar image

I am trying to use Wireshark version 3.0.14 and cannot use the newer versions. I have disabled automatic updates by setting gui.update.enabled to FALSE but Wireshark still updates to 4.0.3.

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Please add the output of wireshark -v or Help -> About Wireshark -> Copy to Clipboard contents.

I suspect this might be a duplicate of https://ask.wireshark.org/question/29... though, for which there is currently no solution, unfortunately, and something that has also plagued me for some time.

cmaynard gravatar imagecmaynard ( 2023-03-02 23:05:11 +0000 )edit

Here you go:

Version 4.0.3 (v4.0.3-0-gc552f74cdc23).

Compiled (64-bit) using Microsoft Visual Studio 2022 (VC++ 14.32, build 31332), with GLib 2.72.3, with PCRE2, with zlib 1.2.12, with Qt 5.15.2, with libpcap, with Lua 5.2.4, with GnuTLS 3.6.3 and PKCS #11 support, with Gcrypt 1.10.1, with Kerberos (MIT), with MaxMind, with nghttp2 1.46.0, with brotli, with LZ4, with Zstandard, with Snappy, with libxml2 2.9.14, with libsmi 0.4.8, with QtMultimedia, with automatic updates using WinSparkle 0.5.7, with AirPcap, with SpeexDSP (using bundled resampler), with Minizip, with binary plugins.

Running on 64-bit Windows 10 (21H2), build 19044, with 12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-1245U (with SSE4.2), with 16068 MB of physical memory, with GLib 2.72.3, with PCRE2 10.40 2022-04-14, with Qt 5.15.2 ...(more)

andrewcalhoun33 gravatar imageandrewcalhoun33 ( 2023-03-03 21:26:10 +0000 )edit

Yup, so you're also running on Windows. If/when you ever find an answer and resolution to this problem, I would love to know what it is too!

cmaynard gravatar imagecmaynard ( 2023-03-03 21:43:34 +0000 )edit

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answered 2023-07-19 19:14:03 +0000

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I think this question is a duplicate of https://ask.wireshark.org/question/29..., and my answer to this one is the same as for that one:


I've finally gotten to the bottom of why this happens, at least in my case, but I suspect a similar situation is affecting you as well.

Basically, my company employs a tool that automatically updates a bunch of software, and Wireshark is included in the list of software that gets automatically updated. This is fine for a stock Wireshark installation, but not for a customized Wireshark installation. I am currently trying to work with our IT team to devise a solution to avoid having the customized version of Wireshark automatically updated. You will surely need to do the same if this is indeed the same thing that's happening in your case.

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