SUMo

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 38 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.11.4.247
  • Total Downloads:
    92,579
  • Date Added:
    October 19, 2014
  • File Size:
    1.47MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    54
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8

Editors' Review

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SUMo is short for Software Updates Monitor. It's a handy, free tool that scans all your programs and automatically checks online for program updates. It can help you find the updates, too, though you have to install them individually since each is different.

SUMo's simple, list-style interface and controls make it very easy to use. The Scan button scanned our PC for installed software, though we could also drag and drop executables directly into SUMo as well as use Add and Remove buttons and configure an Ignore list. SUMo displayed all our programs listed alphabetically or by program version and other headings. Clicking Check initiated the update checking process, which took about a minute, though how long it takes obviously depends on how many programs it must check, your connection speed, and other factors. SUMo displayed color-coded icons to indicate which programs were up to date or if a minor or major update was available. Clicking Get Update opened a Web page offering various links for downloading the updates. However, we preferred to check each program's site and install the updates directly. SUMo proved pretty accurate, though it did identify major updates that proved to be entirely new versions, such as flagging Photoshop Elements 10 as an update for 8. SUMo found many more minor updates than major ones, but that's to be expected. The simple fact of being able to check all our programs for updates at once makes SUMo worthwhile even with the occasional misidentified update. And, if it misses any updates, you're no worse off than you are without using SUMo, are you?

SUMo's options include adding Microsoft software to its scans, but it's not recommended. A note about SUMo's installer: Like many free tools, SUMo pays the bills by bundling optional, ad-supported toolbars with its installation package. Selecting the quick installation method installs these extras automatically. Selecting the custom installation option doesn't change how SUMo installs or works, but it does let you choose whether to install these optional programs. We only evaluated SUMo, not the optional extras.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Best software update monitoring freeware at the moment."

August 04, 2014  |  By bw-mail

 |  Version: SUMo 3.10.12.240

Pros

Finds most of the installed software to monitor automatically.
Portable programs that run without install routine can be added.
Executes no automatic updates, it lets users choose what to do.
Presents the correct links to most of the software update websites.

Cons

None, functions perfectly well for me.

Summary

Very useful program, as the name says, it MONITORS for updates and users
should not blame it if THEY install anything inconvenient with a proposed update.
Because most of the ratings are outdated and were given for early versions of the
program, the rating isn't good enough, so I'm giving here my 5/5 as counterweight.

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5 stars

"Best Update checker"

August 11, 2013  |  By micafighter

 |  Version: SUMo 3.7.4.207

Pros

-knows a lot apps by default
-easy to add new apps
-light on system
-fast scan
-reliable

Cons

-no automatic check function

Summary

Great application. Keeps all other applications up to date. Must have imho

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4 stars

"free, functional, but sometimes cuts farts"

March 31, 2012  |  By fingusername

 |  Version: SUMo 3.0.2.146

Pros

1) it finds outdated software and gives website links to obtain updates
2) has option to report errors to sumo, which are responded to very quickly (all of mine within 24 hours)
3) gives some interesting data on the versions of software that exist and how many sumo users have each version
4) small, fast program
5) free

Cons

1) sumo gives approx. 5% false positives for software that does not need updating -- but they fix most of these within 24 hours
2) when downloading sumo there are numerous default traps that will download and install toolbars, browsers, other programs (junkware)
3) sumo seems to have weekly updates, with another possibility of accidentally downloading junkware if not careful

Summary

1) it's the best free software updater I have found -- anyone find something better, please post.
2) exercise careful attention during the process of downloading (use the No RK version) and installing sumo to avoid the extra junkware.

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2 stars

"Update installs Babylon even if you untick option"

January 21, 2012  |  By howardferns

 |  Version: SUMo 2.16.3.127

Pros

I found it a useful tool to check all my software in one go for updates, although it occasionally shows updates when none are available yet. I didn't use its 'Get updates' feature, I would go straight to the software or the publisher's site and update from there.

Cons

Sumo iself has frequent updates, when you have to extremely carefully select custom install and untick lots of baggage that comes with it. Then today I got Babylon Search and toolbar which reset my home page. This was in spite of me deselecting it during the install. In fact in a year of use it is the second time Sumo has left me with unwanted software. Last time the developer was quite apologetic, this time he is not getting a second chance.

Summary

Babylon is a b@$t@rd to completely remove. If it happens to you, search your registry afterwards for babylon and search.babylon, and delete them. Much as I liked using Sumo, any tool that allows that happen to its users has got no place on my computer, it is uninstalled now for ever.

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4 stars

"Quite impressive"

January 09, 2011  |  By howardferns

 |  Version: SUMo 2.10.6.104

Pros

It's the most comprehensive updater I've tried, heads above the rest.

Cons

Comes with a lot of other stuff you probably won't want - just be extra careful to untick the boxes during the download.

Summary

Actually this does not appear to be the latest version, for after opening it an Update box appears - make sure to select the dowload with RK with a bar through it in a red circle, this is an alternate version with RK optional component not included.

Updated on Aug 1, 2011

Why oh why oh why does it update so frequently??? Call me a cynic if you will, but I am sure they do this for no other reason than they hope you will unintentionally download, by overlooking to untick, one of the other bits of software that are offered with the download.

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4 stars

"The best I have tried."

November 21, 2010  |  By YouthCenter

 |  Version: SUMo 2.10.4.101

Pros

It gives me the list of all the software I have in my PC (I have windows 7 64bit) and checks for updates in no time when I request.,

Cons

Some updates are hard to find, though. I have the feeling that it knows the updates before any other site does.

Summary

I hope that I'll be able to have this software available for a long time; it makes me feel that my PC is safe.

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4 stars

"makes things easy"

November 04, 2010  |  By BLUTO12

 |  Version: SUMo 2.10.4.101

Pros

relatively easy and quick to use

Cons

couldn't find any yet

Summary

This certainly makes it a lot easier to get the latest updates

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3 stars

"A winner if you need it."

November 03, 2010  |  By ih8bugz

 |  Version: SUMo 2.10.4.101

Pros

It works very well and is thorough.

Cons

It finds out of date drivers, but it's a turkey shoot to find the updates.

Summary

The author of the wrote it for himself. He shared it with anybody who wants to use it as freeware. That means you can make improvements to it as you like.

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1 stars

"Do not install"

August 20, 2010  |  By jvoracle

 |  Version: SUMo 2.9.0.92

Pros

good update notifier

Cons

Install "Relevant Knowledge" software that tracks your every move on the internet.

Summary

Do not want any program to install software without telling me so in "BIG BOLD LETTERS. first!!!!!!!!

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1 stars

"CORRUPT!!!"

August 17, 2010  |  By cayotejr

 |  Version: SUMo 2.9.0.92

Pros

None available

Cons

None available

Summary

GET RID OF THIS BAD FILE

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.11.4.247
Version 3.11.4.247 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher KC Softwares
Publisher web site http://www.kcsoftwares.com
Release Date October 19, 2014
Date Added October 19, 2014
Version 3.11.4.247
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Me, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows Server 2008, Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows 2003
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.47MB
File Name sumo_lite.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 92,579
Downloads Last Week 54
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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