Software updater no longer functional

Bret Busby bret.busby at
Fri Jan 20 05:47:59 UTC 2017

On 20/01/2017, Bret Busby <bret.busby at> wrote:
> On 20/01/2017, MR ZenWiz <mrzenwiz at> wrote:
>> About a week ago I noticed that my indicator for the software updater
>> had turned into the "do not enter" road sign (a red circle with a
>> horizontal white line in it).
>> If I click on it, it shows me the menu, but none of the menu items works.
>> If I open the settings app and click on the software updater once, it
>> does nothing.  If I double click it, it says I have stopped previous
>> updates from functioning and shows them.  However, if I click on the
>> Install Now button, the updater small frame window comes up empty and
>> never shows anything.
>> I posted about some of this a while back when it was getting errors
>> with the debconf library, but that was solved, or so I thought, by
>> using Synaptic to update that library.  It seems this was not a
>> complete fix.
>> Any suggestions?
>> Xubuntu 16.04.1 all the latest updates.
>> Attached is a text file showing the output that comes up when I run
>> this from a terminal window.
>> Thanks.
>> MR
> I do not know whether it is part of your problem, but I have been
> getting this persistent malicious entry in the software updates -
> "Automatic software updater", which seems to be a trojan with the
> objective of turning the system into an unusable MS Windows - like
> brick - forever updating and rebooting, and, when a user actually gets
> a break in the paralysis, that allows the user to do something with
> the computer, once the user starts using the computer, away it goes
> again.
> How do I block this trojan, so that I do not inadvertently miss
> deselecting it in a required system update?
> I am using UbuntuMATE 16.04 (updated, except for the trojan).

Oh, and, with the MS Windows automated updating, all the MS Windows
computers have to be disconnected from the LAN, when not intentionally
in use, due to the incessant data transmission.

So, a way to block this "Automatic software updater", so that it does
not cripple the Linux systems, would be good.


Bret Busby
West Australia


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