Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
It might or might not be possible to stop programs from automatically updating themselves. Most of the time, though, you don't want to interfere.
Is there ANY way to completely stop downloads/updates to my PC? I bought some software. I got it just how I wanted it and all of a sudden, the settings are all changed. No notice, nothing. Microsoft isn't the only one doing this without notification. The updates aren't a virus so my antivirus software ignored. The updates weren't in my registry so I don't know how to get my program back to what it was BEFORE the company made it's download. I uninstalled it but it keeps changing. I don't know where they keep making the changes.
Short answer: no.
Medium answer: it depends.
Long answer: you really don't want to stop all updates. Honest.
I say that the short answer is "no" simply because short of disconnecting from the internet, there's no one way to do so.
That's why the medium answer is "it depends" - each program that supports this type of updating feature does so in its own way and by its own rules.
So in your case, you would have to research the options given to you by the particular program you're having problems with. If they don't offer a way to turn off automatic updates, then ... well, then there's no way to turn off automatic updates. If that's causing you problems, then I would strongly recommend contacting the people who created that software and letting them know exactly how, and why it's a problem.
Windows is a good example. While Windows does sometimes get annoying about its automatic update feature, the bottom line is that you can turn it off. Completely.
And, I agree with you that that should be an option in any software that has this functionality. There are times when it's the right thing to do.
But not for most folks.
Which is why I say you don't really want to stop all updates.
I don't know what's being updated for the program you mention, or why. I also don't know how it's impacting your use of the program. On the surface it sounds like a very poorly designed update feature.
But the fundamental reason for most automatic updates is to fix bugs, and more importantly these days, fix bugs that manifest as security vulnerabilities. That's why Windows Update is so darned important - once a vulnerability has been discovered, hackers are all over it trying to find machines that haven't been updated yet. The faster and more regularly you keep your machine up to date, the less you're exposed to potential threats. It's not always Windows, just this week a vulnerability in the Adobe Flash player was publicized, and updates required.
So I would not recommend turning off all updates in response to your situation. You're simply placing yourself at greater risk of a different problem.
What I would do, as I said, is pursue the options with the particular software you're having difficulty with.
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