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Update Checker

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Most of the programs on our computers these days come with automatic updaters that will alert you when a new version is available. If you prefer to be more proactive about your updates, though, there's Update Checker. This simple program 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.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.1 stars

    out of 76 votes

    • 5 star: 24
    • 4 star: 38
    • 3 star: 10
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 0
  • Current version:

    4.2 stars

    out of 5 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Software. Excellent Time Saver!"

    March 30, 2014  |   By Sue Geek

    Version: Update Checker 1.040

    Pros

    A great way to keep all of your software up to date.

    Cons

    None at all.

    Summary

    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.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Shows unwanted Beta versions"

    January 12, 2014  |   By cayennejim

    Version: Update Checker 1.040

    Pros

    Simple to install, easy to use. No false positives.

    Cons

    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.

    Summary

    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.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Has not missed one yet"

    October 29, 2013  |   By Bob1019

    Version: Update Checker 1.040

    Pros

    Quick and accurate.

    Cons

    I have not found any cons yetl

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  • 4.0 stars

    "helpful little download"

    April 13, 2013  |   By ChoiceVoice

    Version: Update Checker 1.040

    Pros

    -fast
    -portable
    -good database
    -very accurate (no false positives)

    Cons

    -does not detect all of my software (or filehippo does not carry all of it)

    Summary

    one of the best I've used. however, sumo is far more versatile and thorough (just read carefully and download the ad free version)... but this is easier than sumo and gives less false positives.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A tiny little helper"

    March 8, 2013  |   By VulpeX

    Version: Update Checker 1.040

    Pros

    + plain, small and fast
    + checks a varity of programms very reliable
    + hippo

    Cons

    - limited number of programms

    Summary

    My number one choice for a quick check for my essential tools on a every machine.

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