How to Disable Adobe Updater

By John Michael Thomas

The Adobe Application Manager (formerly Adobe Updater) notifies you of Adobe software updates. You can disable the notifications in the application preferences.

Things You'll Need

  • A computer
  • Adobe Updater

When you install applications in the Adobe Creative Suite CS5 or CS6, such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, the installation program also installs the Adobe Application Manager (formerly called Adobe Updater). Adobe Application Manager automatically checks for new updates to Adobe software and notifies you if it finds them. To disable update notifications, run the Adobe Application Manager and change the notification option.


Each Adobe product has a different method for disabling automatic updates and notifications. You can also disable automatic updates and notifications for Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, and Adobe AIR.

Step 1

Open Windows Explorer.

If you're running Windows 8 or a 64-bit version of Windows 7, navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\OOBE\PDApp\core.

If you're running a 32-bit version of Windows 7, navigate to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\OOBE\PDApp\core.

Double-click PDApp.exe to start the Adobe Application Manager.

Step 2

Click the Preferences button.

Click the Preferences button in the Adobe Application Manager

Step 3

Disable (uncheck) Notify me of new updates on the menu bar, and then click OK.

Uncheck the Notify me of new updates on the menu bar.


The updates Adobe releases for the Creative Suite often include fixes for a number of issues that can impact both your security and productivity with Creative Suite products. These can include font issues, problems with filters and effects, performance issues, errors which cause the programs to crash, file storage, formatting issues and security vulnerabilities.

To ensure your security and protect against problems that might affect your work, if you turn off automatic update notifications you should periodically run the Adobe Update Manager to manually check for and download updates.

To manually check for updates, Open the Adobe Application Manager (Step 1, above). When you open the Adobe Application Manager it automatically checks for updates, and you can click the Update button to perform the updates.