The only way to do an update is to go to the Adobe web site with a web browser and download their apps again and install them manually.
once the last computer has been strangled
with the power cable of the last router.
— With apologies to Didero.
There are many pages on the wild wild web that suggest how to suppress this atrocious thing, but I have not seen a method that actually works. So I hunted all Adobe updaters down with the top, kill and find commands and then rooted them out with brute force:
$ sudo su -
# find / -name "Adobe*app"
# cd /Library/Application\ Support/Adobe/ARMDC/Application/
# mv "Adobe Acrobat Updater.app" "Adobe Acrobat Updater.bad"
# cd /Applications/Utilities/
# mv "Adobe Flash Player Install Manager.app" "Adobe Flash Player Install Manager.bad"
What continues to amaze me, is that there are people working at software houses like this, who write the most atrocious bug ridden software and then have the nerve to inflict it on the world - Have they no shame?