Disable 3rd Party Software Updaters with Group Policy: Introduction

Like many IT departments, I push out updates to applications like Adobe Reader, Flash, Java, etc. for a multitude of reasons. First off, it’s the only way to guarantee the updates get installed. Sure, there are end users that will be responsible and make sure the updates get installed. But, if I have control of when things are being update, I know what is updated and when it happens. Second, we have applications that are dependent on 3rd party apps. If updates get installed before we have a chance to test the update, I could have lots of people that need the update removed and the old version installed. Last and certainly not least, the biggest reason I update these apps is because my end users don’t have Admin rights on their computers. Continue reading