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suppress(disable or grade out) check for updates and downloads in help menu for Wireshark 2.2.1

asked 2017-12-18 11:33:02 +0000

NithyaReddy gravatar image


Could you please suggest me to suppress check for updates and download options from help menu.


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answered 2017-12-18 11:36:29 +0000

grahamb gravatar image

You'll have to modify the code and rebuild to achieve that.

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Thanks for you answer.

I have tried below ways to suppress but didn't work.

changed the value in preferences file gui.update.enabled: FALSE

modify the registry value under HKCU\Software\Wireshark\WinSparkle Settings

Key: CheckForUpdates set to 0

Could you please let me know the code location and provide me the code.

NithyaReddy gravatar imageNithyaReddy ( 2017-12-18 13:24:35 +0000 )edit

Those options just suppress the automatic check. To remove the menu items you'll need to modify the code and rebuild Wireshark. How to build Wireshark and obtain the source code is detailed in the Developers Guide, although note this is for 2.4.x\2.5.x.

I don't have any code to accomplish what you want, you could try raising an enhancement request on the Wireshark Bugzilla to see if anyone else is interested in implementing this.

grahamb gravatar imagegrahamb ( 2017-12-18 13:39:54 +0000 )edit

Thanks for your reply.

But those options are also not working to suppress the automatic updates.

Can I implement Skip this version = "2.4.2" under HKCU\Software\Wireshark\WinSparkle Settings

to skip the new version 2.4.2

NithyaReddy gravatar imageNithyaReddy ( 2017-12-18 13:58:32 +0000 )edit

If you believe that the automatic update check disable functionality isn't working, please raise a bug on the Wireshark Bugzilla. Again, not that this does NOT disable the menu item, that is always enabled.

AFAICT, the WinSparkle SkipThisVersion setting isn't really for external use, it's for use by WinSparkle when the user indicates they wish to skip an upgrade version. You can try setting it to see what happens.

Out of interest why are you trying to restrict your users from upgrades?

grahamb gravatar imagegrahamb ( 2017-12-18 14:18:00 +0000 )edit


As per the standards, we will restrict users from auto upgrade as user don't have the admin rights.

NithyaReddy gravatar imageNithyaReddy ( 2017-12-18 14:30:13 +0000 )edit

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