Update Checker is a simple free program that will automatically check for updates for a wide variety of programs and alert you when a new version is found. Although most people probably stay pretty up-to-date by letting this task take care of itself, those who like to have more control may find Update Checker useful.
The program appears as an icon in the system tray, and mousing over it displays a small pop-up with the number of updates found. Double-click the icon and it will launch a results page in your default browser displaying all of the available updates. In our case, there were two regular updates available, and also six beta updates. The program doesn't check for updates for every installed program, but it works fine when it comes to browsers, media players, chat clients and the like. A link next to each item in the list let us quickly access the available updates. The program has a few extras in the way of settings; you can customize connection type and have the program scan for programs in specific places if they're not installed in the default locations. There's no Help file, but the program is pretty self-explanatory. Overall, we think that Update Checker is a good tool to have on hand if you're especially conscientious about keeping your software up-to-date.
Update Checker installs politely but leaves a folder behind upon removal.
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.
Much updated (totally different) interface in 2.0 beta 2. Seems a bit quicker. Notifies you of updates for MOST -- not all -- of the programs on your primary drive.
As alluded to in the Pros, does not notify you of updates for some software (e.g., SpywareBlaster, LastPass, Driver Booster). Question is "why?" This beta version also does not seem to have a way of PERMANENTLY excluding beta updates; you have to uncheck that box each time AFTER it shows the results. I suspect they'll fix that before the production comes out.
A great program on which I rely heavily to keep my software up to date. I would give it (ver. 2.0 beta) 5 stars were it not for the inability to permanently exclude beta updates.
A great way to keep all of your software up to date.
None at all.
Even if you have a minimal amount of software on your notebooks and computers and try to limit it to the stuff you truly need and truly use - as I do - it can still be sometimes a bit challenging to remember to check for updates for all of them. With Update Checker, you don't need to worry as much because they have your back with most of the major programs on your system.
Also, being a nerd, I TOTALLY enjoy their news articles and feeds while I'm waiting for a download.
Simple to install, easy to use. No false positives.
First problem with File Hippo ever in years. (1.040) Beta versions continue to display no-matter if the option setting for beta is x'd out. It allows you to x out the setting, however with the next scan, all the beta versions are displayed again. Deleting File Hippo and re-installing 1.040 doesn't solve the issue. It's a bug in the version. Fix that, and the 3 stars goes to 4. Reporting the problem to File Hippo is a waste of time. They won't get back to you. The age old excuse is given that they have way too many emails to answer. Probably true if you have little to no office staff.
Not everyone wants to use beta versions. Other than that and the fact that reporting bugs don't get answered, File Checker is an excellent utility for free-ware.
Updated on Jan 12, 2014
I stand corrected. There is another settings in the File Hippo program. You can only find it when the program first begins its scan. Look for SETTINGS in BLUE TYPE. It's easy to overlook. In that setting you can define what you want File Hippo to do. And it works. I didn't realize that it was there. I don't know why there is 2 settings for the same thing. Up Date Checker is a 4 star program. My apology's to File Hippo.