Updatestar seems to be the most comprehensive software to scan your system for installed applications and check whether updates for those found are available. I did try several similar applications like Secunia Personal Software Inspector in the past but was somewhat disappointed by the small amount of software that could be detected by those applications.
Updatestar is currently able to detect more than 80000 software products (Secunia detected 4000). The scan on my system took less than a minute and detected 115 installed applications which is way more than the other programs were able to detect. Thirteen updates were found for the 115 installed applications. Those 115 are still not all the applications that are installed on my system. For instance, all those software programs that don't require an installation (portable software) at all have not been detected.
The product list lists all installed programs that have been found with information about the installed version, the current version, news and a download link. If you left-click an entry you will see a detailed description of the product below the product list with additional information such as publisher, a possibility to uninstall the software and a link to the website of the software.
Updatestar is by far the most complete program in the category of software that automatically scan your system and check for updates on the Internet. It is by no means perfect but since this is a beta it could very well improve in the coming months.
Update: The program has turned into a commercial application. The software supports more than 1.2 million programs according to information posted on the developer website. Windows users who do not want to buy the program can use alternatives such as Secunia's PSI instead which also scans the system for software updates.
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