How do I disable elive? It is an unwelcome intrusion both on my menu (I never use it and never will) and on my security (it seems to maintain a live conduit back to Adobe). This question has been asked several times before, but no-one from Adobe seems to have bothered answering it.
Adobe Photoshop elements 13 is eating up all my resources. I don't ever use elive or the organizer. Can I disable them?
How do I close "elive when using the guided edit ?
how do you block access for alive at the firewall level - what address do you block - and does it affect Adobe updates (I'm on a mac)?
What alternatives would you recommend (again including ones for mac). PSE seems good value to me, but unless I can block it feeding info back to Adobe without my knowledge I would like to change when I next upgrade.
Incidentally - the modern versions of Adobe Reader seem to be online and constantly connected. But luckily there are many alternatives that aren't spying on me that I can use to open PDFs.
And finally. Why aren't there more people complaining about this? If only a few people mind, then Adobe won't change it...
I have a personal firewall on my PC named Outpost. It blocks and records all outbound traffic and informs me of the address of that traffic. For example, "trackingyou.adobe.com" (I made that up, it's just fake, I no longer remember the addresses).
Whenever I start Elements, I just watch for all the (in my opinion) useless traffic to Adobe. This traffic isn't for my benefit, only theirs. "cloudy" and "advertising revenue", all that. For each address, I add an entry to my wireless firewall to prevent such junk. There are tens of them but I add them each visit. Annoying, but it's better than giving all my information and photos and privacy to Adobe.
Everything on my laptop works fine, I just get messages from Elements, "Could not connect to eLive" that I just dismiss. Editor works fine, Organizer works fine. I really just wanted to buy the software, not get tracked and have to participate in the stupid "eLive" that is all the rage. It's useless to us consumers, only valuable to Adobe. They get to "monetize you"... commentary aside :)
What if one uses a spoof address just to be anonymous and not be bothered by anyone?
I would probably not be able to work with their program because it does not match their database logs - art least when it decides to use the connection to check licence validity - why not use a hardware key then?
Apart from the fact it is invasive, because it is - it is also NOT purchased by use, they just added it!
Also, 'apart' from the above [!] it would be nice to actually 'control' it, as our computer is ours and we paid for using this software, not to be burdened with other stuff we do not want or asked invading our computers.
Adobe's software already is HUGE and invading as it is with too many scripts on at the same time - we do not need more.
My computer is very fast and PSE 13 slows it down a bit - first time and first program doing it - it is eLive in my view.
Unfortunately this is the approach of many Companies [especially US Companies I have to say] to 'invade'.
See Adobe's Flash Player updates!
They 'offer' you to try another software [which obviously pay Adobe for it] and Adobe keep the OPTIONAL offer checked and many [not computer savvy] install it - I do fix computers and 99% of the time I find they have their own Security installed and McAfee or Ask.com, etc. installed and they did not want it + McAfee can conflict with other security software and slow a computer down .
Why? Because it is the 'main' thing for these Companies = invading your privacy ;laterally' = legal [for now!]
It is an offer therefore I have the right to Check it if I wish to try it - not the other way around.
I also heard that in EU [possibly] eLive is not there - really?