Some programs have settings where you can turn off automatic updates. Most programs have Update buttons on them which you can use if you choose. What can you do to disable the Update Button from working at all even if you accidentally click it and how can you stop a program from accessing the internet at all while you're using it and you are connected? Some will suggest just turn off your Modem and then use the program you're concerned about. Having completed your task with the program then simply turn the modem back on. Yes I know. But supposing you want to be very clever about this? How about turning stuff off in the Registry if you know what to do? Or can you do other stuff say in the Hosts file for example? I'm just putting it out there! Can anybody offer some clever solutions? I'm sure we're all dying to learn how to do this kind of stuff. regards to all.