Sorry for the delay -- Adobe U.S. offices were on holiday last week. Most Adobe apps, such as Acrobat, have Updater settings in Preferences.
On Windows, choose Help>Check for Updates>Preferences and uncheck the "Automatically check for updates" box. Another option is to go to Edit>Preferences>Updater and select the option "Do Not download or Install Updates Automatically".
Newer apps such as CS5, are managed through the Adobe Application Manager.
I DID do this, and it still isn't disabled. I launched Adobe Reader (v. 9.4.1), when to Edit/Preference/Updater, and then clicked the third button, which says "Do not download or install updates automatically."
Then I clicked the "OK" button at the bottom.This closed the menu and brought be back to the main Adobe Reader Screen (with no documents open).
THEN, just to be SURE my selection "took,", I opened the Edit menu one more time, clicked on Preferences/Updater, and guess what?
It comes up with the MIDDLE button selected saying "Automatically download updates, but let me choose when to install them."
No matter how many times I try to disable the updater, my choice is NOT being SAVED!
What can I do?
I had the same problem.
- 1. For PC Operating Systems
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.
- 2. For Mac Operating Systems
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.
- 1. For PC Operating Systems
Ummm, does not work as of this month and year. CS6 updater is so annoying.
1. Create a text file named
C:\Program files(x86)\common files\adobe\AAMUpdaterInventory\1.0\AdobeUpdaterAdminPrefs.dat
2. Add the following lines to it:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
Nothing worked so what I did was delete the entire file !
Tom J Jelen - what file did you delete? Did deleting the file work?
I deleted the whole file 'updater file' if it didn't work I got rid of it what did it do but give me trouble
so far the program works great and initialize's properly how many times do you want an update? everytime you start your program?
Nothing worked that anyone sugested I hate to look at this problem this way but Adobe did not give any good advice.
They said run it and disable it ,, I went one step further now it does not have any reason to run
I got to this page from Google trying to remove this annoying Adobe Updater installer popup. Here's the steps that worked for me:
On Windows 7, hit WindowsKey + R, type msconfig and hit OK, then run it as administrator. Go to "Startup" tab and uncheck anything that says "Adobe". In my case it was "Adobe Reader And Acrobat Manager", then click Apply and reboot.
On Windows 8, do the same as above, except on the Startup tab click "Open Task Manager" and locate anything from Adobe, right-click it and disable it. This will do it.
ADOBE ACROBAT 9 PRO How to disable Adobe Updater
This Worked for me.
Start Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro
Click on Help from the top adobe menu bar
Select Check for Updates from the drop down menu
Click on Preferences
Uncheck Automatically check for updates
Uncheck Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro from the Choose which applications to update box
On Windows OS, the updaters are scheduled tasks - remove them using the Task Scheduler.
For newer versions: search for "update api" and delete it.
Updates are scheduled tasks. So you can disable those tasks in the Task Scheduler. To open the Task Scheduler:
- Right-click on My Computer (depending on the version, This PC, Computer)/
- Double-click Task Scheduler/
- Click Task Scheduler Library/
- Find the Adobe scheduled task/
- Right-click and Disable it
I hope it works for you.
Hello, I have the same problem: everything is blocked, I can`t open Opera, I can`t install or uninstall anything. I have tried the msconfig thing but when I try "Open Task Manager" i get :access denied.
What do I do ? Thank you in advance.
This works in Win10 also. Thanks for the tip.
Nothing from above works for me; Access denied for every install/uninstall attempt and all the actions are blocked.
do you have the proper rights (i.e., administrator) to (un)install/change programs?
it was never a problem to install, uninstall anything as it is my laptop and I have myself installed windows. even if I run an app as admin, still won`t run. when I click Opera I get: The exception Breakpoint.., when I want to uninstall adobe i get: Error 1711. An error occurred while writing instalation information to disk. Check to make sure you have enough disk space available... I have considered permissions and I tried to mofify params but access is denied. Thank you for trying.
So your whole system is affected?
Did you try to reset your computer to another restore point?
i did not. for some reason I have considered a very last resort.
I`ll keep tinkering and in nothing works, I`ll try that and get back to you.
Cheers & thanx.
Edit: currently reinstalling Windows.
Thanx for being there!
Glad to be helpful.
I hope it all works then!
On Windows, choose Help>Check for Updates>Preferences and uncheck the "Automatically check for updates" box.
ON WINDOWS WHAT EXACTLY. FYI it is a generic term for a dozen programs or more.
etc etc etc
To install reader 11 without ARM try:
"reader11.exe" /msi EULA_ACCEPT=YES REMOVE_PREVIOUS=YES DISABLE_ARM_SERVICE_INSTALL=1 DISABLEDESKTOPSHORTCUT=1 /qn
To remove this from registry try to delete the correspondent key from:
reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run /v "Adobe ARM" /f
May I ask you to describe the necessary action for Windows and Mac step by step for non professionals who own just one computer and are not that IT sawy?