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Q&A Application check for updates will never succeed and blocks launch; can I intercept or bypass it?

samcarter gave me a clue in a comment by asking if the same thing happens if I'm not connected to the Internet. The software does detect that and proceed, fortunately, with the following message: ...

posted 3y ago by Monica Cellio‭

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#1: Initial revision by user avatar Monica Cellio‭ · 2021-08-23T13:18:03Z (almost 3 years ago)
[samcarter](https://powerusers.codidact.com/users/36377) gave me a clue in a comment by asking if the same thing happens if I'm not connected to the Internet.  The software does detect that and proceed, fortunately, with the following message: 

![Connection not available; click Help|Check for updates to adjust auto-updates](https://powerusers.codidact.com/uploads/BRc2Kz3SnzpinE3hsMhVqo3h)

Clicking "ok" here allowed the program to launch.  I then followed those instructions and found these checkboxes, which I'd never noticed before because they're not on a "preferences" menu:

![Check for updates, don't ask first (2 checkboxes)](https://powerusers.codidact.com/uploads/jGDDJTNdz4A42JSn6UzDS1c5)

Unfortunately, the part of their message about how I can *change* those settings turned out to be wrong.  I unchecked the boxes, but they were checked the next time I opened that menu.  I tried this while disconnected and after reconnecting (with the program still running).  Still checked, no matter what I do.

The good news is that, according to their UI, they do this check once a week, not every time.  I restarted the program while connected to the Internet and it launched.  Presumably in a week it will fail again.

This is a workaround, but I'm still interested in a more permanent fix.  So I'm not ready to retire WireShark.