SUMo


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 37 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.10.12.240
File Size:
1.47MB
Date Added:
July 24, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Total Downloads:
91,795
Downloads Last Week:
50
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • 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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  • 1 stars

    "Will not load"

    August 17, 2010   |   By dedoke

    Version: SUMo 2.9.0.92

    Pros

    None whatsoever

    Cons

    Several attempts at loading failed

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