Taking Another Look At The Software Updates Monitor SUMO

I reviewed the Software Updates Monitor (SUMO) application for Windows in 2008 for the first time, and included it in the "battle of the software updaters" before that as well. Yesterday, version 3.0.1.143 was released by the developer of the program, and I decided to use that opportunity to take another look at the program, to see what has changed, improved and if features that needed improvement have been improved by the author.

I recommend you download the sponsor-free version of the program on the KC Softwares download page, as you otherwise will encounter toolbar and adware offers during program installation. The program interface has not changed a lot in the four years, but since it was functional then, it is not an issue at all.

Let me give you a quick rundown of the program's functionality first. The application has been designed to scan the system for installed software, to check the installed version with the latest program version online. It is recommended to keep software up to date on the system, as newer versions sometimes improve a program's stability, close security issues or add new features that you may want to make use of.

You can click on the Scan button in the program interface to scan the local system for installed software. Keep in mind that the scan won't find portable software, but you can add portable software and other applications that have not been recognized manually later on with a click on the add button.

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A click on the check button compares the installed program version with a master server online. Sumo divides results into up-to-date, minor updates and major updates. You can sort programs by group, so that all major updates are listed on top, followed by the minor updates. The program lists the product name and company, as well as the local version and available update version in the program interface.

A double-click or the selection of an app and a click on Get Update opens a web page on the KC Softwares website listing the different versions, and links to a Google Search and various software portals (including Softpedia, Snapfiles and FileHippo).

There is still no option to download programs directly from within the application, or to initiate a bulk download of all program setups of applications that need updating. This was one of the suggestions that I had back then to improve the program.

You may also notice that some of the findings link to programs that you cannot update, for instance when they are listed in a folder that you have no control over. You can still enable the inclusion of beta versions in the application, which are then displayed as the latest version in the program interface. Keep in mind that you may see program updates in this case that are not really updates for the installed version. If you have Chrome Stable installed for instance, you will see a major update to Chrome Dev listed in the update listing. There are only a few update proposals that seem to link to a wrong version of the software. Sometimes you may see an update for a program that you do not want to update, for instance the next major version of a commercial program that you would have to pay for. You can report errors, or choose to ignore the update instead so that it is no longer displayed.

It still pays to go through the list once a month or so, to make sure all of your software is up to date on the system. It actually does not take that long to do that, even if you have to use a search engine to find a download link. You may even end up with a newer version than the one listed. This happened sporadically during tests.

The program itself is very responsive and fast both in the scanning of installed software and the checking of program updates on the Internet. It is surprising that the interface and functionality has not changed that much in the past four years. It is likely that a lot of work went into the program database and and data collection routines, as they are without doubt the most important parts of the software updater.

Sumo is a nice program to have on your computer to search for updates. It is more of a notification tool that it is a program that will do all the hard lifting for you though.

Have you tried Sumo or other updaters in the past? If so, which one would you say is the best of the pack, and why?

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Responses to Taking Another Look At The Software Updates Monitor SUMO

  1. Howard Pearce March 17, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    I find SUMO one of the most precise software updates with few errors and a large database of programs.
    I rely on it heavily to inform me of applicable updates.

    • Kyle July 20, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

      Thank you (i'm the developper of SUMo)

  2. Anonymous March 17, 2012 at 1:26 am #

    Just be carefull, you can get one of multitude of adwares during program installation. Look at every checkbox.

    • anonymous March 17, 2012 at 2:36 am #

      That is why in the article it says the following:

      "I recommend you download the sponsor-free version of the program on the KC Softwares download page, as you otherwise will encounter toolbar and adware offers during program installation."

      I have seen several articles posted online warning people to BEWARE of SUMO because of adware. Fact is they offer a 100% adware free version if people would just look on their website.

      • Krzysiu September 5, 2013 at 7:51 am #

        It's weird as I've downloaded it about times - for the first time it was really with no adware, but two other times it was proposing me it in manipulation way. I've used NoRK version.

  3. GiddyUoGo March 17, 2012 at 3:49 am #

    I have used Sumo since it first came out. I have tried several different programs and Sumo is the best. I do not mind doing my own update searches.
    I have always chosen and used the ZIP version. It does not install to your computer.
    The author of the program is tops. If there is ever an upgrade notice that is not correct, just select report errors. The author will take care of it and never fails to responded to me within a day or so with "fixed It" and it will be fixed.
    My only con are updates are often to the program. Sometimes within a week or so. The program states that you have to update before you can use the program again.

    • Kyle July 20, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

      Thank you (i'm the developper of SUMo)

  4. Anon March 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    I'm using Allmyapps to update my programs. It's kind of an appstore but it can be also used as an updater. It detects almost all of my programs and offers updates for them.

    Only downside is that it needs an account to be created before using it or login as facebook account. But the good side of it is that it remembers own listed programs and they can be easily installed to another PC.

    There is also a suggest feature which lets you suggest new programs or newer versions of programs.

  5. smaragdus March 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    The clean 'Lite' version and the portable version are available for download at Softpedia (the lite version is not available at the publishe'rs download page).

  6. Kevin Walker March 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    It would be great if there was an offline version. I have been looking for a free alternative to ninite for a while. I use keterin to keep my usb drive up to date, but a checker and offline updater in one package would be excellent...

  7. Bourney March 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    I have tried a number of software updaters over the years and to be honest most are unreliable but one I do keep going back to is 'Secunia PSI'. Recently updated, this software should really be part of essential security apps that everyone should have running on their system. I would suggest using Secunia along side sumo as it's a good idea to have more than one software updater to make comparisons and to ensure your not going to mess up your PC by installing questionable updates. Always check and double check before Installing suggested updates by visiting the official websites.

  8. Niks March 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    Tried it . Works better than Secunia PSI . SUMo FTW !!!

    • Kyle July 20, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

      Thank you (i'm the developper of SUMo)

  9. Roman ShaRP August 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Gived another look at some updaters too, and, alas, although SUMO installation is loaded with crapware, and you have to click thought number of pages, it is best on updates.

  10. Stephen June 3, 2014 at 3:20 am #

    After reading all the comments, & though they are all dated 1+2 years ago, I thought I would include this little tidbit I learned a while back. If the adware is what you want to skip altogether, on the Download page of SUMO they do in fact have a Lite Version, which is a small button all the way over to the right from the blue 'Download' button. The Lite Version is the one with all the bloatware & adware already removed for you, so you don't have to uncheck each one during the installation process.

  11. Rich in Portland July 18, 2014 at 6:30 am #

    Just want to give everyone the heads up that after I installed it (yes I was a bit tired) and may have slipped on one of the "no I dont accept this offer-buttons during the installation) I got a ton of adaware installed into my computer, some of which could not be uninstalled. Just be careful when you guys are installing this software. I personally uninstalled it for this reason, all of the "offered" adawares and my little "misstake" destroyed the magic..

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