Keeping up with application updates can be a very tedious task even if you have only a handful of them installed on your system. If the software has no update reminder or automatic update option, you have to manually visit the developers homepage and see if an update is available. Many users simply do not look for updates actively and use old versions instead which often have security issues or lack important features or stability improvements of newer versions. But there is hope..
The FileHippo Update Checker scans your computer for installed applications and compares the version of each program it identifies to the latest version hosted on the FileHippo software repository.
It then displays a list of all updates that it found on a website divided into full and beta updates. The version on the local computer and the latest version are mentioned in the list and a link to download the update is next to every entry.
Downloads start immediately if you click on the green download icon next to an application. Great that you do not have to navigate through endless webpages to reach the download. Note though that all downloads originate from the FileHippo server and not the first party server of the developer of the product. There is no direct link to that location either which means that you will have to search for it manually if you prefer to download the update from the developer website or want to check out what is new before you do so.
FileHippo does not scan applications that they do not have in their database or do not provide version information that FileHippo can access. A program that does not reveal its version to the scanner won't be included for instance.
Many useful free applications are not processed but a test scan on my system found 9 updates for applications and 2 for beta applications. Most have been standard applications like Flash Player, Java Runtime Environment or Nero Burning Rom. Great for a quick lookup. Works on all versions of the Windows operating system.
Check out our software update checker comparison for additional programs that you can use to scan your system for software updates.
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