How to disable adobe updater

Updated March 23, 2017

Adobe Systems provides a wide range of products to create documents, images, video and other media. Adobe software includes an updater application that automatically connects to the Internet to search for available updates. This default setting causes the Adobe updater to run once a week. If you prefer to install updates manually, you can prevent the updater from automatically searching for updates by disabling the automatic search function in the application's "Preferences" menu.

Open "My Computer" by double-clicking on the desktop icon or clicking on the "Start" menu and selecting the "My Computer" button. Open the drive that contains your Adobe programs. By default, this is the "C" drive.

Double-click on "Program Files" to view software files installed on your computer. Open the "Common Files" folder by double-clicking on the folder name.

Locate the Adobe folder and double-click on it to open it. The Adobe folder contains files for all Adobe programs installed on your system. Locate and open the Adobe Updater folder, which will be named "Updater" followed by a version number, such as 5 or 6.

Locate the executable file titled "Adobe Updater" within the "Updater" folder. Double-click the file to initiate the Adobe Updater application. The program will take a few moments to connect to the Internet to search for updates.

After it finishes searching, a prompt window will appear to install new updates. Click "Preferences" on the left-hand side and uncheck the "Automatically check for Adobe updates" box. Click "OK" to accept the changes. Adobe Updater will not check for available updates unless manually instructed to do so.

Double-click on your hard drive's icon on the desktop and select the "Applications" folder from the "Places" menu on the left-hand side. You can also open the "Applications" folder by selecting the folder from the "Go" drop-down menu in the "Finder" menu.

Scroll through your application icons in the right-hand side of the window to locate the "Utilities" icon. Double-click on this icon to open the "Utilities" folder. Locate and open the "Adobe Utilities" folder.

Run the "Adobe Updater" application. After the program finishes searching for updates, select the "Preferences" button. Deselect the program's "Automatically check for Adobe updates" box and click "OK." Adobe Updater will now be disabled; any updates to Adobe software will need to be downloaded and installed manually.

Things You'll Need

  • A computer
  • Adobe Updater


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