I see that there is 3.2 mb of data that gets downloaded every time I sign into the Internet wifi. Can I prevent this and what is it?

I suspect it is the update from the app store because I have often tried to install upon booting, and I get an apt lock problem. after a few minutes, no apt lock problems and sometimes I get a message that updates are available (without doing sudo apt update) Can I disable this "feature"?

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  • First, use nethogs to check what is really using that 3,2 MiB. elementary OS only checks for updates once a day (when you boot). Not every time you connect to a wifi network.
    – Maccer
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 13:21
  • usually the apt lock file is locked until 3.2 is used. Then I can use apt. I will check a few times. I also do not like the idea that it does an update without my wanting. Once a day or not. (I think it is more, since I have been online several times per day.) Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 13:59
  • First check that. If the issue is apt then follow this guide to disable it: hiroom2.com/2016/05/18/… but remember that you'll have to update and upgrade manually.
    – Maccer
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 18:44
  • ok.. thanks.. I have the GUI installed and unchecked it. Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 23:06
  • /usr/lib/apt/methods/http has several processes. I have already removed daily checks from the UI software updates applet. But I did not do the command line thing to shut down the timer and update. Commented Feb 18, 2017 at 2:16

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I solved this by doing a fresh install and deleting the Elementary appcenter

sudo apt remove appcenter.

Finished and I never use it anyway.

I am sure this hurts the devs, and I hope they fix it with future releases. Basically, if I say I don't want to check for updates.. that means don't check for updates. (hint).

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