The Update Checker will scan your computer for installed software, check the versions and then send this information to FileHippo.com to see if there are any newer releases. These are then neatly displayed in your browser for you to download.
What's new in this version:
Version 1.035 has internal performance improvements.
Works fast, finds the latest versions of most freeware programs like Firefox, CCleaner, Adobe Flash/Reader, even some Nvidia and ATI graphics drivers (doesn't seem to find my Nvidia drivers since I upgraded to Windows 7 x64). Even finds some betas.
Will sometimes say that a program isn't up to date, even though it is. Very rare, I've only seen it with the IE version of Google toolbar and IE Flash Player 10.1 beta.
People who give this less than 5, maybe 4 stars don't understand what the program is doing. It's not meant to find every program you've installed or really even find updates to programs you've bought. Filehippo.com hosts freeware/trial programs, all the updater does it check the programs you have installed against what it has currently available for download. If a program's not on Filehippo, then it wont find updates for it! If you've upgraded from the trial version to a pro version, it's probably not going to know because it can only look at version number. At least it'll let you know that you're pro version needs to be updated so you can download it from the proper site...
Does exactly what it says it will do, beta update notification can be turned off, very informative
Has an issue on system startup - Windows Defender doesn't want to let it auto run - but that's really more an issue with Windows Defender's and Windows Vista's settings than any real issue with the actual program itself.
I love this product, it's just as good as CNET's Update Checker. Works fast even with high resource usage and the interface is fairly tweakable to the user's preferences. All and all this is a great product for those user's who have too many programs to try and update individually on a regular basis. Other than that the only real problem I see (both with this program and CNET Tracker) is that there needs to be more software covered/supported and if this could be made to include all the various different driver/chipset updates as well, then this product would be a true must have for anyone's system tool kit. Still, this is definitely a 5 star program.
Occasional false information although little compared to most update applications, doesn't list all applications.
FileHippo Update Checker is a very easy to use and quick way of finding out if you are using any out of date software, and it's 100 percent free.
I've used a few different programs like this, and most give loads of false positives. For example CNET's very own TechTracker told me I was using two old versions of FL Stuido's FruityLoops, and that a third update, which I already had was available. FileHippo's does have the occasional false update, but this is quite rare.
The only problem is when it does get these false postives, and you know it is up to date, you can't hide them. I never use beta browsers much, especially not for Firefox, because my addon's never will work, and it keeps telling me a beta version is available. You can turn Beta applications on or off but I'd also like to be able to ignore certain downloads. Or at least certain versions.
The only downside really is that some updates are not available. For example CNET's techtracker did at least detect I had FruityLoops and other applications such as TeamViewer while as FileHippo's didn't. Hopefully there site will get more updates in the future.
It would be nice to get one application in the future that could do all updates, such as Windows Updates, All programs and even Drivers, one which instaled them directly to your pc without having to go onto websites, but this may not be possible. I would however like to see FileHippo implent driver updates.
The check of Update Checker is very accurate. On the other hand, another checker called "software informer" checks more software, but very inaccurate when it comes to drivers and some other free but less popular software.
Doesn't check everything. Update checker is blocked when I schedule it through this program to run on startup in windows vista (Blocked during windows startup). While Cnet's tech tracker can run on startup without being blocked by windows vista.
I will use update checker and cnet's tech tracker for now because none of them covers the update check of all software. Both of them doesn't check the updates of Teamviewer, PPlive, Wordweb pro, xxclone, vuze, vibe streamer.