How to Disable the Acrobat Reader Pop-Ups

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How to Disable the Acrobat Reader Pop-Ups
Some people don't need alerts to download updates (alert! image by Melisback from

Adobe routinely creates updates and program information for its PDF document reader, Adobe Reader, a program free for download at The program's default setting is to automatically check for these updates from and to alert users with a series of pop-ups alerting users to available updates and sometimes requesting confirmation to install them. If you do not wish to take advantage of the automatic updates and would like to prevent automatic pop-ups, you can elect to turn off automatic updates in the program's Preferences section and then check for updates manually at a later time of your choosing.

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Things you need

  • Adobe Reader, version 7 or higher

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  1. 1

    Open Adobe Reader. Select "Preferences" in the program menu. A preferences window will open with a list of categories on the left side of the screen.

  2. 2

    Select "Updater" in the categories list. Three options will populate in the main window under the header "Check for Updates."

  3. 3

    Select "Do not install or download updates automatically" and then click "OK."

Tips and warnings

  • Use the Updater in "Preferences" to manually check for updates and program alerts.
  • You need an Internet connection to manually retrieve updates.

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