Cnet Techtracker Checks For Software Updates

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 24, 2009
Updated • Sep 18, 2010
Software, Windows, Windows software

Outdated software programs will automatically be listed at the top of the list followed by all other programs that are currently up to date. Each entry in the table will list the version on the local computer system and the latest version of the software program. A download link is provided which will immediately initiate the download from the Cnet servers (in a new tab).

The only other options provided in this table are to configure email alerts which are unfortunately not explained anywhere on that page. It most likely will trigger email messages whenever the software gets updated. At least two false positive were detected by Cnet's Techtracker. It identified the Firefox version as 3.5.2 where in fact it was already the latest 3.5.3 version of Firefox. A similar detection error was found in the Mozilla Thunderbird entry. It was listed as Thunderbird version where in fact it was the latest Thunderbird

A click on the more info link beneath each software title will display quick information about the software including editor and user ratings with links pointing to those reviews, the file size and download statistics.

cnet software updater

Nothing that's really necessary considering that the software is already installed on the system but still nice to have. It would have been better if the download size of each software was displayed more prominently in the table.

Cnet's Techtracker is an interesting addition to the list of software updaters. It is backed by one of the largest software portals on the Internet which means that it can offer a good software detection rate. The forced registration and false positives are the two negative aspects of the program. While the developers can surely work on the latter the former will most likely not change in the near future. Users who want to give it a shot can download the software after logging into the website with their Cnet or Facebook account.


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  1. Anonymous said on March 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    CNET Tech Tracker registrtion code of user number13216091

  2. Ken Saunders said on September 26, 2009 at 8:18 am

    This works just fine and they offer a version that doesn’t require installation.

  3. B. Moore said on September 25, 2009 at 6:27 am

    any one here use update notifier?

    been wondering if this one is safe to use?

  4. jurkis said on September 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    “We’re sorry, but the page you requested could not be found”. That’s the answer from CNET. No chance to download any program.

    1. GiddyUpGo said on September 25, 2009 at 2:21 am

      You might know that Cnet Techtracker will sell/use your information to other sites.
      (Read their policy statement)
      This and the reg. requirements will keep me from trying/using this program.

  5. DanTe said on September 24, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    I used to read CNet. But than I noticed that their reports are all biased. And anyone who dares to disagree with them gets their posts deleted.

    I’ve vowed never to use them again and went searching for another tech site to read. That’s when I stumbled upon Ghacks and Techworld.

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