8 Utilities to Help Keep PC Software Updated



To keep our PC secure, we install Antivirus software and other spyware terminators. But installing the latest software updates is also essential from Security point of view. Not only will it improve its functionality but it also gets rid of any bugs that may have been present in the older version. Such bugs can sometimes make the system vulnerable to hackers so it is essential to keep your software updated. On an average, a user has around 20 + software installed on the computer. Manually checking for updates can take a lot of time. Here is a list of utilities that can help you in such condition.

1) UpdateStar

UpdateStar is a freeware which can scan your system for installed software and will produce a list along with available updates along with the download link and additional information. You can also configure it to check for Software daily, weekly or monthly. It has a huge database which supports a lot of software. A premium version is available which adds support for more software.

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2) FileHippo.com Update Checker

The update Checker will scan your Computer for installed software, will check its version and will send the information to FileHippo.com to check if there is any update available. The whole process is quite fast and takes only a few seconds.

3) Update Notifier

Update Notifier is a small utility which will scan your Computer for installed software and will display a list of updates.You can also monitor a few software using the Watch list.

4) Secunia PSI

Secunia Personal Software Inspector can automate the task of searching for updates. It will quietly run in the background and will display a list of critical updates along with the download links. It can recognize a lot of products as it also gathers information from online sources. You can also schedule it to check for timely updates.

5) SUMo – Software Update Monitor

SUMo is another free program that will scan your Computer and will display what updates are available for your favourite software. It mainly relies on social networking. If many SUMo users have a new version of software that you use, the new version will be proposed to you.

6) AppSnap

AppSnap is an application that simplifies the installation of software on your Computer. It automatically finds the latest version, downloads the installer and installs the software in one step.

7) AppFresh

AppFresh helps you keep all your applications, widgets, preferences pane and plugins installaed on your Mac up to date. It is Mac only.

8 ) Ketarin

Ketarin is a small application that can be used to keep Software Packages up to date. Unlike other utlities, it does not keep the system up to date, it maintains a compilation of the important setup packages which can then be burned or copied to a Disk.

If you know any more, do mention it in comments.

15 Comments

  1. Sanjeev says:

    Nice collection. security is one of the main concern in PC and Internet world.

  2. PendragonUK says:

    Nice list, and you can never have enough lists… One small point, you might want to mention that these are for computers running Microsoft Windows. The “others” are not large in number but we are here…

  3. Steven Finch says:

    Nice list! It is a bit annoying that you have Google adsense ads in the middle of the article though.

  4. @Steven
    Thanks Steven. Actually i am experimenting a bit with ads placements, that why having the ads in between.

  5. Binny V A says:

    @PendragonUK
    If you are on Linux, just use the apt/yum tools to keep your system updated. Support for doing this is much better in Linux than in windows.

    If you are on Mac, well, I can’t help you – have not worked on a Mac.

  6. DJSays! says:

    Hey Madhur,

    Which one of them is better?

  7. Nihar says:

    Great list madhur…

    Thanks…

  8. Cr says:

    Good collection… I use a different one called software informer.
    It lists all the installed s/w and whenever u refresh, it will show which version u r using n what is the latest one of that particular s/w.
    check it, but once u get one, thats enough!.

  9. Maharshi says:

    Nice collection. Want similar list for driver update software also.

  10. jp says:

    nice list, but does anybody really use file hippo any more? I think they’ve jumped the shark. You should also add http://www.radarsync.com