Adobe updater can be really annoying - it will try to update your machine persistently. Clearly if you have legitimate software this is not a problem, or is it?
Yes it is, if you are sitting behind a web proxy which you do not control it might be difficult to configure adobe updates to work correctly.
So the trick is to force adobe to think that it isn't due for another update by editting the gile AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat in (on Windows XP, it will be in the equivalent on Vista which you can google) c:\Documents and Settings\YourUserName\Local Settings\Application Data\Adobe\Updater5
Just change the date between the LastDateCheck tags to be a date wildly in the future and job done, or is it?
Yes, I am writing this because I have just been updated to Adobe Reader 9 and my previous fix has just failed (it fails in that I get logged out of the network about every minute when Adobe Updater is failing so is just a little frustrating) - the AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat files now sits in the Updater6 folder.
For those people au fait with a registry editor (eg regedit) remember to delete the adobe speed launcher thing from the run settings unless you use acrobat very frequently. The run settings are under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, if you care about performance you will already be actively managing the contents of both.