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I’ve just found the name of a process that can't be removed from my menu bar in OS X.

Its name is "AAM Update Notifier" and I was able to quit it using Activity Monitor. How can I make sure it doesn’t start again next time I restart my computer?

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Don't just "edit" your question, as it will be read for all eternity. Completely exchange its contents so everyone knows what exactly you want to know. – Daniel Beck Sep 16 '11 at 12:11
Well I tried to make it more specific – is that okay, Ollie? Also, I think the program you meant is called "AAM" notifier, not "AAC". – slhck Sep 16 '11 at 13:16
Sorry I’m a bad superuser. Thank you guys. – Ollie Saunders Sep 16 '11 at 18:55
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If it's not in System Preferences → Accounts → Login items, there's probably a Launch Agent set up for it.

There are two ways to deal with this problem.

1. Delete the Launch Agent entries

According to this process information, you should delete the following file(s):

  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.adobe.AAM.Updater-1.0.plist
  • /Library/LaunchAgents/com.adobe.AAM.Updater-1.0.plist

You could also edit them:

  • Where <key>RunAtLoad</key> is <true/>, change it to <false/>.

2. Disable the update process

This article suggests to run the following command:

defaults write com.adobe.AdobeUpdater.Admin Disable.Update -bool yes

You should maybe log out and log in again.

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I checked Login Items. I’ll try these other things now. – Ollie Saunders Sep 16 '11 at 18:56
OK I edited /Library/LaunchAgents/com.adobe.AAM.Updater-1.0.plist where it had <key>RunAtLoad</key><true/> I changed it to <false/>, logged out, and back in, and it appears to have worked! Thanks :) – Ollie Saunders Sep 16 '11 at 19:02
I deleted both launch agent files, but did a $ launchctl remove com.adobe.AAM.Scheduler-1.0 instead of step 2 – Justin Oct 8 '13 at 15:02

Adobe's website has instructions for turning off AAM (for Creative Suite 5 "CS5") that are different than the techniques described above. Adobe's technique involves putting a small text file with some given text at special places.

For computer-wide blocking, put the text at

[startup disk]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/AAMUpdaterInventory/1.0/AdobeUpdaterAdminPrefs.dat

Or for user-account blocking, put the text at

/Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/AAMUpdater/1.0/AdobeUpdaterPrefs.dat

See the adobe page (linked above) for the text that goes in the file: it differs depending whether you're doing this before or after installing CS5.

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