How to Turn Off Adobe Reader Updates

By Kristi Mckinney

Allowing software to automatically check for updates can both hog the resources of your PC and prompt unwanted dialog boxes. In some versions of Adobe Reader, the preference that controls automatic updates can be difficult to find. Once you find the controls, you can disable updates in Adobe Acrobat Reader versions 6 through 9.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 6, 7, 8, or 9

Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 and 9

Step 1

Under the "Help" menu, select "Check for Updates..." This will open Adobe Updater.

Step 2

The software will take a moment to look for updates. When complete, it will tell you the updates available and it will give you a link that says "Preferences." Click "Preferences."

Step 3

Uncheck the box labeled "Automatically Check for Updates." Uncheck the "Adobe Reader 8" or "Adobe Reader 9" box under "Choose the Applications to Update." Click "OK."

Step 4

If there are updates, you will then be returned to the dialog box that shows the available updates. Choose to install updates by clicking "Download and Install Updates" or click "Cancel" to return to using the program.

Step 5

If there are no updates, the software will tell you this and you can click "Quit."

Adobe Acrobat Reader 6 and 7

Step 1

Under the "Edit" menu, click "Preferences."

Step 2

In the menu on the left, scroll down and click on "Updates."

Step 3

Select the button that says "Do not automatically check for critical updates." Click "OK."