Adobe Flash Player is set to automatically update itself in Windows, which is a good thing. By default, it schedules itself to check for latest updates on the Adobe server every hour of the day in the background. Personally, I find this an overkill to continuously keep querying Adobe servers. After all, they release updates only once in a month. If you are like me and want to reduce the number of times Adobe Flash Player checks for updates, then you can follow these instructions:
- Press the key combination Win + R to open the Run dialog. In the Run dialog, type taskschd.msc and press Enter. This would open up Windows Task Scheduler.
- In the Task Scheduler window, select Task Scheduler Library from the left side list. You would see a task named Adobe Flash Player Updater in the middle list. Right-click on this task and select Properties as shown:
- In the properties window that opens up, select the Triggers window. You would see a trigger named Daily in the triggers list. Select this Daily trigger and click on the Edit button.
- In the Edit Trigger window, you can change how many times the updater is allowed to run. You can choose whether you want to run it daily, weekly or monthly. You can also choose if you want to repeat it every 1 hour or every 2 hours and so on. I suggest that you select it to run daily but instead of every 1 hours, choose to repeat it every 3 or 4 hours.
- Click the OK buttons to close the trigger related windows and save the new settings. Now your Adobe Flash Player updater would not run every hour but after longer durations of time.