How do I turn off ALL auto updates?

July 16, 2011 at 05:52:50
Specs: Windows 7
I just got a new computer. My only internet option is dialup because I live in the country. I have turned off Windows Updated, ITunes Update, Apple Update, QuickTime Player Update and Norton 360 Update. I used to be able to play Farmville on my XP machine all the time, but since I have gotten this computer, it seems that something is downloading in the background because I cannot get the game to load. I checked the status of the dialup connection this morning and saw that it had already downloaded 60 MB of something in the 4 hours I was online, but the game won't load. Any suggestions? (Trust me, I would have high speed internet if it was available out here!)

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July 16, 2011 at 07:33:04
To disable Automatic Updates from Microsoft in Windows 7:

Control Panel > Windows Updates > Change Settings (in the left pane)

Turning off updates for Norton 360, however, is plain stupid as it will be unable to detect new viruses so your PC will not be properly protected from infection unless you update it manually. The risk with that is obvious - you could easily forget.

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July 16, 2011 at 07:48:07
You didn't read my initial post ... I showed which programs I have that I have been able to disable the auto updates, which includes Windows and Norton 360 ... I manually update those (and the others I posted) when it is convenient for me, not them, since I am on dialup. Obviously, something is updating in the background since my computer had downloaded 60 MB this morning during my 4 hours online ... I just don't know how to determine which one is hogging my connection!

Anyone have any ideas?

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July 16, 2011 at 14:21:47
All of those updates are supposed to run at "smart" times. Leave on at least the MS updates. They are not hogging the connection.

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July 16, 2011 at 21:19:18
Use msconfig Start tab and uncheck programs from starting with Windows except Microsoft and your Antivirus program and then restart your machine.
This will serve to give you more control on what is running in the background on your machine and should eliminate what you don't currently realize if running. This should therefore eliminate or reduce the possibility of something connecting without your knowledge. Then clear your the cookies from your browser since you may have a ad tracker cookie or other type that reports on your browsing back over the internet (set your browser to delete cookies on the closing of your browser). If you still get something then run Malwarebytes to see if you have an infection that slipped past Norton. Consider replacing Norton with a better AV program like Avast (free version).

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