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.
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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.
updates is to fix … fix bugs that manifest as security
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
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
So I would not recommend turning off all updates in response to your
situation. You’re simply placing yourself at greater risk of a
What I would do, as I said, is pursue the options with the
particular software you’re having difficulty with.