How can I stop an automatic adobe download?
December 2, 2006 6:02 AM   Subscribe

How can I stop an automatic adobe download? Every time I boot up my computer I get a prompt to download Adobe version 7.0. I already have it on my machine and I use windows XP. I’ve tried to initiate the download, to get rid of the prompt, and I get a message that you already have this version on your machine and the download stops. I’ve tried to uninstall version 7.0 and reinstall it and that doesn’t work either. Does anyone have a suggestion? Thanks in advance for your help.
posted by orlin to Computers & Internet (8 answers total)
Here's one thing you could do:

Go to start > run, and type in "msconfig". Go to the startup tab. You'll see a list of stuff that launches at startup. If anyone of these look like they might be that adobe downloader, disable it. This should make it go away.

It might be that the next time you launch anything else from adobe, that adobe downloader will be enabled at startup again, but it doesn't hurt to try.

Also, if the problem is with Adobe Acrobat reader, I'd recommend switching to FoxIt pdf reader. It's faster, and doesn't have a crappy downloader.
posted by cheerleaders_to_your_funeral at 6:48 AM on December 2, 2006

Open Adobe 7, go to Edit/Preferences/Startup and disable 'Show messages and automatically update'.
posted by essexjan at 8:01 AM on December 2, 2006

Also in Edit/Preferences go to Updates and disable 'Display notification dialog at Startup'
posted by essexjan at 8:03 AM on December 2, 2006

Adobe what?
posted by The Deej at 10:11 AM on December 2, 2006

Adobe what, indeed. I know this is not the question, but I far prefer the freeware Foxit PDF reader to Acrobat -- it's faster, for one thing. There are freeware PDF writers too, such as PDFCreator.
posted by cps at 10:35 AM on December 2, 2006

also check your startup directory. i recently fixed an annoying quicktime scheduled upgrade that way.
posted by lester's sock puppet at 11:25 AM on December 2, 2006

Foxit Reader is the bomb, as stated above - opens PDFs about twice as fast, it's lightweight, there's a mobile version and it's free with no update nags or anything else.
posted by Happy Dave at 12:57 PM on December 2, 2006

Sorry -- adobe reader 7.02
posted by orlin at 1:56 PM on December 2, 2006

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