Block popular Software Updates on your PC
Installing updates as soon as they are released is usually a good thing to do, considering that they more often than not fix issues that you'd otherwise experience or be vulnerable to. Sometimes though, updates have the opposite effect, as seen only recently with the Flash Update that caused crashes and freezes for some Firefox installations. And if you are managing a network of computer systems, you'd probably also would like to test updates thoroughly before you install them on all machines connected to the network.
The Windows operating system, and programs like Google Chrome, Java, Skype, Firefox or Adobe products all offer to disable or change the updating policies. But that requires some research on your end to find the configuration settings or switches to do just that.
Update Freezer is a free program for Windows that does all the heavy lifting for you.Â All you need to do is start the UpdateFreezer.cmd program to launch the program's main interface displaying the software products and companies it supports, and their respective update status.
The following companies or applications are supported by Update Freezer in its latest version:
The program scans the system for update related settings and displays those in its interface. It is interesting to note that Adobe was listed as N/A even though Flash was installed on the system, and even though it appears to be supported by the program.
Depending on the application or company, it may simply display whether automatic updates are enabled or disabled, or display additional configuration options like installing major updates only.
The current configuration settings are highlighted in blue, and you can switch these settings easily with the click of the mouse. If you for instance would like to disable Java or Skype updates, you'd simply click on the disabled box to do so.
Firefox, Windows and Skype offer additional options listed below:
- Firefox: Not Set, Disabled, Notify Only, Automatic
- Windows: Not Set, Disabled, Notify Only, Download Only, Automatic
- Skype: Disabled, Major Only, Enabled
I'm not entirely sure why Firefox was listed as not set, as automatic updates were enabled on the system. This may have had something to do with the Nightly version of Firefox not identified properly by the program, but that's just a guess on my part.
Update Freezer can be quite the handy program for users who would like to make quick changes update-wise to popular programs installed on their system. Its portable nature makes it an excellent tool for USB Flash Drives or a tools collection. Experienced users may prefer to change update settings manually though as it is giving them more control over the process. It is interesting to note that you can check out the program homepage for information on how to do that for each supported application.