MySQL Command Window Popup
I recently installed
MySQL after a long time. I’ve been so used to the flexibility that
MongoDB offers me that I haven’t looked at
MySQL in ages. However I had to install it recently for something I was working on, and chose the
Community Edition available here.
Everything went fine. However I was in the middle of doing something else on a different night when I suddenly saw a suspicious popup window that looked something like this:
The first time I saw this, I figured it was just some post-installation cleanup that MySQL was performing, and since I hadn’t launched it more than once after the first installation, it seemed natural.
However this popup appeared again, and again I was surprised. I dismissed it a second time thinking ‘Oh well, maybe some more updates or something! or maybe it just started up after some long update process.’
The third time it happened, I knew there was something weird. I captured the program and copied the command window text. I searched about it and came across a few places talking about it – apparently it’s a
phone-home updater. As I don’t remember agreeing to having
MySQL checking every day for changes, I decided to disable this. I followed the instructions here, and thought I’d share it with you for
First, search for
Now expand the
Task Scheduler Library in the left pane, and expand
MySQL > Installer under it. You should see an entry named
ManifestUpdate. Right click this entry and select
You’re all set! You shouldn’t get that task running anymore. At the same time, you might notice a bunch of tasks scheduled to run on your machine which you might choose to disable too. Be careful not to disable something important though!