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Windows Update can keep your operating system up-to-date, and Microsoft Update can keep both your operating system and all installed Microsoft products up-to-date. But as for other installed programs, users are usually left checking for updates to each program separately. However, there are several programs that can help automate the process. The one that I like the best and recommend is the filehippo.com Update Checker.

The Update Checker scans your computer’s registry for installed software, checks the version, and then displays a web page with any newer releases, along with any beta versions too.

FileHippo states that the “Update Checker will not send any personal information back to filehippo.com. The only information collected is a list of programs and their versions, along with the operating system details to help with processing. Additionally none of this is linked to your IP address and the logs are deleted after processing”.

The client is FREE, only 136kb to download, and only takes seconds to run. I really like that it is a self-contained programed that doesn’t need to be installed.

Download and try the filehippo.com Update Checker for yourself.