A few years earlier, it used to be that only Windows operating system and Antivirus programs had automatic updates feature. But now almost every program comes with some sort of automatic update function in it. These days, there is always some or other kind of automatic update running in your PC. Adobe PDF Reader, Foxit PDF Reader, Adobe Flash, Firefox, Chrome and many other software seem to keep updating themselves all the time. Staying up-to-date is good, but sometimes it just gets on your nerves, e.g., when you are working on a project and suddenly an update window takes over your computer screen asking you for update permission. Thanks to the freeware Update Freezer, now you can disable or enable these update functions in many programs at the click of a button.
You can get Update Freezer either in the installable setup program format or as a portable application. After the installation, it can be launched from the desktop shortcut. As it runs, it detects the supported programs installed on your system and shows up related automatic update manager’s status in the window. It supports Adobe, Apple, Google, Java, Mozilla, Notepad++, Opera, Skype and Windows update functions.
The status of all the detected updater programs can be seen as disabled, enabled or some other program specific state. You can simple click on these buttons to enable or disable these software updaters (or set them to some other state). For example, you can choose Firefox updater to Notify Only state in which case it will not install updates automatically but will notify you about available updates.
The Update Freezer is very helpful when you want to disable or pause the software updaters in your PC. Pausing updates is helpful, for example, if you are working on an important project and do not want to be disturbed as some of the updates might want to restart your PC; or if you are using a low bandwidth 2G/3G connection which may take years for downloading updates and you want to wait till you get home so you can use your broadband connection.
Conclusion: Update Freezer is a free, easy-to-use and simple tool that helps to temporarily disable different kinds of automatic software updates on Windows. Using this tool, you can tweak several automatic update settings without having to open multiple windows and setting screens.
You can download Update Freezer from http://www.updatefreezer.org/.