Disable automated Adobe Reader updates

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It’s a question that is continually asked by computer users everywhere: why does Adobe Reader need to be so big and have to get all those updates, when it’s only task is to open PDF files?

It always seems that those Adobe updates come at the most inconvenient time – right when you are in the middle of doing something. The good news is, you don’t have to put up with those automatic updates – here’s how to disable that “feature”.

1. Click on My Computer (or just Computer), then click your primary hard drive (usually drive C)
2. Open Program Files, then Common Files, then Adobe, then Updater5
3. In that folder, run the file called “AdobeUpdater.exe”
4. UNcheck the box that says “Automatically check for Adobe Updates”
5. Click OK

Now Adobe Reader will just read PDF files, which is really all you need it to do.

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Anonymous
October 31st, 2008

Sometimes updates are for security reasons, though, so should be downloaded and installed.