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Upon starting my system, a window pops up and states:

"Dropbox Start Required - Start Dropbox to finish installation."

window that pops up

If I ALT+TAB then it claims this a window of "Update-notifier". This seems strange. What is going on here?

Things that I have done to try and figure this out:

  • apt-get update and apt-get upgrade, but this still comes up,
  • checked in "Settings" -> "Online Accounts", but no Dropbox is linked, and
  • ran rkhunter, but it only flags well documented false positives.

I don't even have Dropbox (I don't want Dropbox). I don't have nautilus-dropbox installed, but I seemingly have thunar-dropbox-plugin installed as I experimented with different DEs at some point. If I press close, it tends to pop up again a little later.

I am using Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS, fully updated.

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    It's normal, when you really want to install Dropbox. A Dropbox installation requires some operation like closing and then reopening the file manager and the start of dropbox daemon. This windows appeared to me every time I have installed dropbox. The real question is: are you sure you didn't install packages like nautilus-dropbox or something similar? What happens if you write in a terminal: apt-cache show nautilus-dropbox? (if you use nautilus as file manager. I'm not currently in front of a pc running Ubuntu, but the command should work). You can try also: dpkg -l | grep "dropbox" – Lorenz Keel Jun 3 at 9:41
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    @LorenzKeel Thank you. I don't have nautilus-dropbox installed, but I did seemingly have thunar-dropbox-plugin installed. I experimented with different DEs at some point, so things are little messed up with mounted drives sometimes opening in thunar and sometimes nautilus. Didn't really bother me too much. I uninstalled Dropbox and the thunar plugin. Hopefully that fixes things. I will mark the question as solved if it does. – Stefan Jun 4 at 6:58
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The appearance of the popup is normal when you are going to install dropbox. A Dropbox installation requires some operations like closing and then reopening the file manager and the start of dropbox daemon. This window appeared to me every time I have installed dropbox.

What you should do is to check if in an indirect way you installed some dropbox packages (such as nautilus-dropbox, thunar-dropbox, nemo-dropbox or caja-dropbox according to the most common file managers).

Writing in a terminal: apt-cache show nautilus-dropbox (if you use nautilus as file manager) or dpkg -l | grep "dropbox" you should be able if you have dropbox packages in your system, and then decide if you want to keep or remove it.

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