How to disable Adobe Updater

Would You Like to Remove the Adobe Updater?

First, You have to stop “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Updater5\AdobeUpdater.exe” from running.

Deletion won’t help as adobe will create a new folder and file. Here is how it works:

  1. First, start your task manager and kill the “AdobeUpdater.exe” process.
  2. Right click the new file “AdobeUpdater.exe”, select “Properties”, then “Security”.
  3. Mark at “Group or user names” “System”, press “Edit” and click on all “Deny” checkboxes.
  4. Now do this for all users “Administrator” etc. and press ok.

All done. Adobe will never again be able to update. You can test it by trying to start the update within Adobe Acrobat manually. You will see, that nothing will happen.

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4 comments for “How to disable Adobe Updater

  1. d,
    August 26, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    How to stop Adobe Updater (Acrobat XI Pro, Version 11.0.0)
    Open Adobe Acrobat
    Edit–>Preferences–>(Categories:)Updater–>Do not download or install updates automatically–>OK (Saves changed Preferences)
    Close Adobe Acrobat

  2. Dan,
    August 26, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    see this WEB link:—acrobat-reader.html

    You can control the update settings in Acrobat/ Reader preferences.

    I am confirming this works for Acrobat XI (version 11.0.0)

  3. Brady Osborne,
    January 14, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Hello all,

    I know this thread/post is old, but I’ve created a useful registry script that disables updates for Adobe Reader & Acrobat 10/XI/2015/2017/DC.

    Here’s a link to the zip file – just extract it and run the included registry fix:

    If this helped you, let me know!


  4. EDJ,
    December 20, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

    Edit -> Preferences ->

    De-select “Show notification icon in system tray”

    Trust Manager
    De-select “Automatic Adobe Approved Trust List (AATL) updates” and “Automatic European Union Trusted Lists (EUTL) updates”

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