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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



    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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