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How to disable Adobe updater

Adobe updater could be really annoying, though I find Adobe Creative Suite 3 as a masterpiece. Every time that you start Photoshop, Illustrator or Acrobat Adobe updater pops up and tries to download updates. It is also a big resource hog. So how can you disable Adobe updater?

The solution is very simple. Find through search in disc C file “AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat” (c:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Updater5), click with right mouse button and change Attributes of this file to “Read only”. UPD: Open this file with any text editor (Notepad) and change year value in this line to 2008 or 2009 <LastDateCheck>2008-10-29</LastDateCheck> or just delete this file, though its very radical cure to my mind.

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18 thoughts on “How to disable Adobe updater”

  1. Jon says:

    Just the job!
    Thanks for the post.

  2. Blancke says:

    click with right mouse button and change Attributes of this file to “Read only”
    ————————-
    you must deselect the “Read Only” item to have the possibility to chane something in the file.

    Greats from Blancke.

  3. Sudipto De Sarkar says:

    Thanks, I was wanting this for long…

  4. Nitin says:

    The location mentioned for AdodeUpdatePerf.dat in Windows 7 is C:\Users\Admin\AppData\Local\Adobe.
    Here Admin is the username.
    Note: AppData is a hidden folder. So change the settings to ‘view all files’ under ‘view tab’ in ‘folder options’. Then perform a search in the above mentioned Address.

  5. Stan says:

    You can also block the updater with a firewall like comodo.

    Thanks works, very nice

  6. Mario says:

    I fully agree with the previous poster ! ! ! ADOBE Updater is recognized as a virus by AVIRA ! ! ! It can not be deleted ! It only can be disabled temporarily ! It will reinstall itself time after time. Is all about data mining by the parent company !

  7. Lover says:

    They should have put an option in its installation process (to disable auto update).

  8. Stainless Steel Jewelry Lover says:

    # Navigate to …\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Updater5 on Windows XP or …\[username]\AppData\Local\Adobe\Updater5 on Vista and open AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat in Notepad.

    # If the 1 tag already exists, then change the value from 1 to 0. Otherwise, add the line 0 anywhere between the tags.

    Worked for me

  9. Carl Wyles says:

    my 3 cents worth- should work for next 4 versions as well


    @echo off
    for %%x in (5 6 7 8 9) do (
    rmdir /s /q "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Updater%%x"
    rmdir /s /q "C:\Documents and Settings\Droid\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Updater%%x"
    )

  10. Tony says:

    Thanks Ray, this worked for me!

    >>
    Ray Apr 3rd, 2008 at 2:09 pm
    That did not work for me..the damn thing keeps starting up in the background!
    However, I read a solution that asked for the deletion of the Updater5 directory located in (C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\).Try putting it in the recycle bin before completely deleting it.If it works without any problems,you can go right ahead and empty the Trash!
    <<

  11. Chris says:

    For anyone else who finds this tip – I’ve just been updated to Adobe Reader 9 and it has now created an Updater6 folder – same fix required as before but in a different folder!

  12. beertje_007 says:

    Thx, this works great.
    be gone supid updater!!!!!

    😉

  13. Rufus Mc Dufus says:

    ” Trackback: Adobe Creative Suite 4 is far from meeting user expectations?
    Sep 26th, 2008 at 9:56 am”

    That is a dead link.

    Can someone please post the relevant solution for CS4.

  14. Not A fan says:

    Got this off the Adobe Site. Updater is making my system shut down very slowly. Checking performance logs, it was the updater.

    To disable Adobe Updater:

    1. Copy the following 3 lines and paste them into a Notepad document:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Adobe\Updater]

    “Enterprise”=dword:00000001

    2. Save the document as “DisableAUM_Updates.reg.”

    3. Close and then double-click this file, and the Windows registry will import this information automatically.

  15. Pete says:

    How do you block this updater on a Mac? It’s so annoying. THanks and happy holidays!

  16. Salmon--Eater says:

    Ray’s solution worked for me…I wonder if the updates can disable the programs from starting. Anyone know?

  17. NONAME7943 says:

    Thanks! It works!

  18. Elenore says:

    I totally agree with Donkey.

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