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I am trying to use apt-get update on my work computer (running Ubuntu 16.04), and all 3rd party repositories are returning 403 forbidden, even though they work in my browser.

I have tried via the software and updates menu and it says to check my internet connection. Tried different mirrors, apt-get clean, rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* and ping google.com via terminal works fine. Not sure what else to try. Tried 3 days in a row and always the same.

Here is an output of my apt-get update.

Ign:1 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily InRelease
Ign:2 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable InRelease
Ign:3 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable InRelease
Ign:4 http://repository.spotify.com stable InRelease
Ign:5 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily Release
Ign:6 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable Release
Ign:7 http://ubuntu.smp.uq.edu.au ./ InRelease
Ign:8 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable Release
Ign:9 http://repository.spotify.com stable Release
Ign:10 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main i386 Packages
Ign:11 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main amd64 Packages
Ign:12 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main amd64 Packages
Ign:13 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free amd64 Packages
Ign:14 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main amd64 Packages
Ign:15 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main i386 Packages
Ign:16 http://ubuntu.smp.uq.edu.au ./ Release
Ign:17 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main all Packages
Ign:18 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free i386 Packages
Ign:19 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main all Packages
Ign:20 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main all Packages
Ign:21 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free all Packages
Ign:22 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main Translation-en_AU
Ign:23 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main Translation-en_AU
Ign:24 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main Translation-en_AU
Ign:25 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free Translation-en_AU
Ign:26 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main Translation-en
Ign:27 http://ubuntu.smp.uq.edu.au ./ Packages.diff/Index
Ign:28 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main Translation-en
Ign:29 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main Translation-en
Ign:30 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:31 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free Translation-en
Ign:32 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:33 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:34 http://ubuntu.smp.uq.edu.au ./ Translation-en_AU
Ign:35 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:36 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:37 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:38 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:12 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main amd64 Packages
Ign:39 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:10 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main i386 Packages
Ign:11 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main amd64 Packages
Hit:40 http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial InRelease
Ign:14 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main amd64 Packages
Ign:19 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main all Packages
Ign:41 http://ubuntu.smp.uq.edu.au ./ Translation-en
Ign:17 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main all Packages
Ign:22 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main Translation-en_AU
Ign:15 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main i386 Packages
Ign:20 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main all Packages
Ign:13 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free amd64 Packages
Ign:18 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free i386 Packages
Ign:21 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free all Packages
Ign:42 http://ubuntu.smp.uq.edu.au ./ Packages
Ign:26 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main Translation-en
Ign:23 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main Translation-en_AU
Ign:24 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main Translation-en_AU
Ign:25 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free Translation-en_AU
Ign:30 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:28 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main Translation-en
Ign:29 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main Translation-en
Ign:31 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free Translation-en
Ign:34 http://ubuntu.smp.uq.edu.au ./ Translation-en_AU
Ign:35 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:32 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:33 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:36 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:12 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main amd64 Packages
Ign:38 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:37 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:39 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:41 http://ubuntu.smp.uq.edu.au ./ Translation-en
Ign:17 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main all Packages
Ign:11 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main amd64 Packages
Ign:10 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main i386 Packages
Ign:22 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main Translation-en_AU
Ign:13 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free amd64 Packages
Ign:15 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main i386 Packages
Ign:14 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main amd64 Packages
Ign:18 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free i386 Packages
Ign:42 http://ubuntu.smp.uq.edu.au ./ Packages
Ign:26 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main Translation-en
Ign:20 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main all Packages
Ign:19 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main all Packages
Ign:21 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free all Packages
Ign:30 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:24 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main Translation-en_AU
Hit:43 http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates InRelease
Ign:25 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free Translation-en_AU
Ign:34 http://ubuntu.smp.uq.edu.au ./ Translation-en_AU
Ign:35 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:29 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main Translation-en
Ign:31 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free Translation-en
Ign:12 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main amd64 Packages
Ign:33 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:41 http://ubuntu.smp.uq.edu.au ./ Translation-en
Ign:42 http://ubuntu.smp.uq.edu.au ./ Packages
Ign:34 http://ubuntu.smp.uq.edu.au ./ Translation-en_AU
Ign:41 http://ubuntu.smp.uq.edu.au ./ Translation-en
Hit:42 http://ubuntu.smp.uq.edu.au ./ Packages
Ign:34 http://ubuntu.smp.uq.edu.au ./ Translation-en_AU
Ign:41 http://ubuntu.smp.uq.edu.au ./ Translation-en
Ign:34 http://ubuntu.smp.uq.edu.au ./ Translation-en_AU
Ign:41 http://ubuntu.smp.uq.edu.au ./ Translation-en
Hit:44 http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-backports InRelease
Ign:23 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main Translation-en_AU
Hit:45 http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-security InRelease
Ign:28 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main Translation-en
Ign:32 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:38 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:11 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main amd64 Packages
Ign:15 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main i386 Packages
Ign:20 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main all Packages
Ign:36 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:37 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:17 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main all Packages
Ign:23 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main Translation-en_AU
Ign:39 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:22 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main Translation-en_AU
Ign:10 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main i386 Packages
Ign:28 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main Translation-en
Ign:13 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free amd64 Packages
Ign:14 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main amd64 Packages
Ign:26 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main Translation-en
Ign:32 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:18 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free i386 Packages
Ign:19 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main all Packages
Ign:30 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:38 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:21 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free all Packages
Ign:35 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:24 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main Translation-en_AU
Ign:11 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main amd64 Packages
Ign:25 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free Translation-en_AU
Ign:12 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main amd64 Packages
Ign:29 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main Translation-en
Ign:15 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main i386 Packages
Ign:31 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free Translation-en
Ign:17 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main all Packages
Ign:33 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:20 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main all Packages
Ign:36 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:22 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main Translation-en_AU
Ign:37 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:23 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main Translation-en_AU
Ign:39 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:10 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main i386 Packages
Ign:26 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main Translation-en
Ign:14 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main amd64 Packages
Ign:19 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main all Packages
Ign:24 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main Translation-en_AU
Ign:29 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main Translation-en
Ign:30 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:35 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Err:12 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main amd64 Packages
  403  Forbidden
Ign:17 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main all Packages
Ign:28 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main Translation-en
Ign:32 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:38 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Err:11 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main amd64 Packages
  403  Forbidden
Ign:13 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free amd64 Packages
Ign:18 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free i386 Packages
Ign:21 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free all Packages
Ign:25 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free Translation-en_AU
Ign:31 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free Translation-en
Ign:33 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:22 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main Translation-en_AU
Ign:36 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:37 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:39 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:26 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main Translation-en
Err:10 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main i386 Packages
  403  Forbidden
Err:13 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free amd64 Packages
  403  Forbidden
Ign:30 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:14 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main amd64 Packages
Ign:18 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free i386 Packages
Ign:35 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:19 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main all Packages
Ign:21 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free all Packages
Ign:24 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main Translation-en_AU
Ign:25 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free Translation-en_AU
Ign:29 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main Translation-en
Ign:31 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free Translation-en
Ign:33 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:37 http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:15 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main i386 Packages
Ign:20 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main all Packages
Ign:23 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main Translation-en_AU
Ign:28 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main Translation-en
Ign:32 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:38 http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable/main DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Ign:36 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free amd64 DEP-11 Metadata
Ign:39 http://repository.spotify.com stable/non-free DEP-11 64x64 Icons
Reading package lists...
W: The repository 'http://repository.spotify.com stable Release' does not have a Release file.
N: Data from such a repository can't be authenticated and is therefore potentially dangerous to use.
N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details.
W: The repository 'http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu wily Release' does not have a Release file.
N: Data from such a repository can't be authenticated and is therefore potentially dangerous to use.
N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details.
W: The repository 'http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable Release' does not have a Release file.
N: Data from such a repository can't be authenticated and is therefore potentially dangerous to use.
N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details.
W: The repository 'http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt stable Release' does not have a Release file.
N: Data from such a repository can't be authenticated and is therefore potentially dangerous to use.
N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details.
E: Failed to fetch http://repository.spotify.com/dists/stable/non-free/binary-amd64/Packages  403  Forbidden
E: Failed to fetch http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu/dists/wily/main/binary-i386/Packages  403  Forbidden
E: Failed to fetch http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/dists/stable/main/binary-amd64/Packages  403  Forbidden
E: Failed to fetch http://desktop-download.mendeley.com/download/apt/dists/stable/main/binary-amd64/Packages  403  Forbidden
E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

Thanks in advance

closed as off-topic by karel, user117103, George Udosen, David Foerster, Zanna Feb 18 '17 at 13:04

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  • There is a similar question on the following link: askubuntu.com/questions/304340/apt-get-403-forbidden They suggest the server may be down. You may try again later. – Homero Gallegos Feb 17 '17 at 0:30
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    The above comment is only partially correct. You're using an End of Life release (wily = 15.10) for which the repositories are no longer available (moved to 'old releases') hence the error. Please install a supported version, 16.04 LTS or 16.10. This question will be closed. – user589808 Feb 17 '17 at 3:37

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