Download and run the AIR Settings Manager application and use the toggle button to Enable or Disable auto-updates as desired.The AIR Settings Manager application is available for download at Manager/Settings These binaries will require some work however, before they can be used with the Adobe AIR SDK.First of all, binaries will look for Adobe AIR, rather than the Adobe AIR SDK.Since it can't determine that you did, it then tries to run the Adobe AIR Updater, which is ALSO not included in the SDK runtime, causing the binary to fail and hang.
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There seems to be no way to change where to look, so you're going to have to symlink the Adobe AIR runtime provided with the SDK to the default location that binaries follow: , which is dirty but there seems to be no way around this for now.
Another problem you'll run into is that whenever the AIR runtime starts a process, it'll check whether you have accepted the EULA, something that is not included with the SDK.
On Windows, add a DWORD value named Update Disabled to the HKey_Local_Machine\Software\Policies\Adobe\AIR registry key, and set the value to 1.
Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) is a cross-platform runtime environment developed by Adobe Systems for building rich Internet applications using Adobe Flash, Adobe Flex, HTML, or Ajax, that can be deployed as desktop applications. In this case, it's often better to run these binaries, rather than bypassing them using adl, to not lose any extra functionality these binaries might provide. Some applications using Adobe AIR can come with their own binaries included.