Keep Your Windows Up To Date With These Utilities
To keep our PC secure, we all install different security software and patch our Windows regularly. Installing the latest software updates is also very essential from the Security point of view. Not only will it improve its functionality but it also gets rid of any bugs or security loop holes that may have been present in the older version.
If the installed software are not updated to the latest version it may make the system vulnerable to hackers and other security threats. So it is very essential to also keep your software updated to the latest apart from the operating system and security suites. But how will you know if an update for a software is available or not? Almost all popular software comes with in-built update functionality but if you are having many software installed then this will be really tedious job to do! Manually checking for updates of installed software is time-consuming. To automate the updates you can take the help of any of the free utilities.
UpdateStar is available both in free version and premium version. After installing UpdateStar, it will scan your system for installed software. Then it will produce a list along with available updates, download links and additional information (if any). UpdateStar can be configured to check for Software updates daily, weekly or monthly. It has a huge database of software, which helps in finding updates easy. The premium version adds support for more software and other features.
- FileHippo.com Update Checker
FileHippo.com Update Checker comes with a very small footprint of a few kilobytes. It starts scanning your computer after installation for installed software. After scanning, it checks FileHippo.com update database to check if there are any updates available or not. After checking it displays the result in your default browser along with the download link. It is fast in scanning and takes only a few seconds to complete.
- Update Notifier
The Update Notifier is a very small utility as FileHippo.com Update Checker and comes in just a few kilobytes in size. It scans your computer for installed software and displays a list of updates. Also you can see the latest updates for applications from your Watch List.
- Secunia PSI
Secunia PSI specializes in checking for security updates of the installed programs. The Secunia PSI is a free security tool designed with the sole purpose of helping you secure your computer against vulnerabilities in programs. It 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.
- SUMo (Software Update Monitor)
SUMo, which stands for Software Update Monitor, keeps your PC up-to-date by using the most recent version of your favorite 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.
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