Stop That Update – Use Update Freezer

What annoys you the most when your Windows computer first boots and you want to get to your work straightaway? For me, I find the pop ups of Adobe Reader and Adobe AIR appearing asking me to update the software is pretty annoying. I tried to use my ZoneAlarm firewall to stop Adobe Reader updates.  It seemed as if the trick worked – but for a short duration. Very soon, Adobe Reader updates were back. And they appear almost every other day. Software updates are important, as they often bring new features, add functionality or fix security holes and strengthen the software by fixing its bugs. Even when you may be working, you may get constantly notified of new available updates. This can tend to be annoying at times.

So how do you stop automatic Adobe updates – and other like it? I downloaded Update Freezer.

Update Freezer

Update Freezer is a simple application that runs on Windows XP and later versions. The main aim of the application is to help you stop certain applications from starting updates automatically on their own. Though Update Freezer supports very few programs, it supports all the essential programs that tend to irritate computer users with automatic updates.

Among the programs Update Freezer supports are:

  1. Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat
  2. Adobe Flash
  3. Firefox
  4. Google
  5. Java
  6. Skype and
  7. Windows

Note that Update Freezer has two different processes for Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash. This is because you may want to keep the Flash updated while stopping Adobe Reader from presenting you with update dialog boxes.

As for the user interface, the app is moderate at best. But it does what it advertises. You can, depending on the app you have chosen, decide whether you want to update your software or completely disable it from future updates. You can disable each separately or all with a single click on the Disable All button or you can even restore the default settings of each individually or of all software using the Restore All button. Some applications allow you to choose how often you want to check for updates.

For every program listed in Update Freezer, you will find two options: Enabled and Disabled. If you click Disabled, the program updates for that programs are blocked by Update Freezer. On the contrary, if you click on Enabled, the program will update itself normally.

For programs that are not installed on your computer, Update Freezer will show you N/A (Not Available). In my case, I have not installed Skype and Firefox. You can see in the above image that next to both Skype and Firefox, Update Freezer is displaying N/A.

For Windows Updates, you get some more options in addition to just Enabled and Disabled. The actual options you can see in Update Freezer for Windows Updates are – Not Set (Use Settings Based on Windows Update Center);  Disabled (Disable Windows Update); Notify Only (Equivalent to Notify before downloading); Download Only (Equivalent to Download and then Notify) and Automatic. It is recommended that you leave this setting to Automatic because disabling Windows Automatic Updates may make your computer vulnerable to problems.

The app is very lightweight on system resources, but many of its competitors are just too incredible to be ignored. One app that stands strong, which is free too is Ninite. You can also try the free version of Glary Utilities. Glary Utilities is a system tuning suite, the app has the feature to check and push updates to almost all your apps.

Update Freezer download

In short, Update Freezer is a nice and simple application that helps you manage program updates by enabling and disabling them. You can download Update Freezer from updatefreezer.org. Remember that Update Freezer is free to download and use; it does not carry any type of adware. Next time anyone asks you how to stop automatic Flash updates you can refer them to Update Freezer.

Meanwhile, can you let us know which applications irritate you most by starting automatic updates every now and then!

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Arun Kumar is a Microsoft MVP alumnus, obsessed with technology, especially the Internet. He deals with the multimedia content needs of training and corporate houses. Follow him on Twitter @PowercutIN