What updates to accept? Set Windows Update setting to NEVER….
If you use Internet Explorer, there are several applications on your computer you may not be aware of that are important. Specifically they are Java, Adobe Reader (AKA Acrobat), and Flash Player. If you have Quicktime, uninstall it. It is no longer supported and may even be risky. These are important programs, but it is probably best if you never even know when they are used.
Actually, I strongly recommend you discontinue use of Internet Explorer. Download and run Google’s Chrome instead.
Adobe and Oracle (Java) have been installing all sorts of un-asked for software on computers. Most of it is in fact malware. When you go through the updating process for their software, look carefully. You will have to UNCHECK those undesirable add-ons that will do nothing for you but make your computer slower and less secure.