What I find most annoying about automatic updates is they always slow down the processes in my computer. Everything from surfing the net to opening new files to switching between windows slows down to a crawl. To make things worst, there’s the “you should restart your computer now” after the update. Doesn’t matter if the update comes once in a while but when programs try to connect every week or everytime you open them, that’s awfully annoying. Updates are good and I prefer to get them when I’m not rushing projects.
I’ve followed Megaleecher’s advice but it doesn’t seem to nip the problem in the bud. I came upon this solution by accident and acrobat hasn’t requested to connect to the net every since. Maybe if I find such solutions to all the annoying processes trying to connect to the net, I wouldn’t need zonealarm to block them anymore.
Step 1: Edit->Preferences
Step 2: Under categories “Updater”, “do not download or install updates automatically”