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patch my pc reviewI have to admit that when it comes to keeping a PC completely up-to-date with all of the required patches and updates, I fall far short. I might remember to enable Windows Update or maybe upgrade Chrome occasionally, but all of the other software that I run usually falls behind in versions until I try to do something with that software that it can’t do because it’s out of date.

After reading reading Tina’s article on why you should keep Windows updated 3 Reasons Why You Should Be Running The Latest Windows Security Patches & Updates 3 Reasons Why You Should Be Running The Latest Windows Security Patches & Updates The code that makes up the Windows operating system contains security loop holes, errors, incompatibilities, or outdated software elements. In short, Windows isn't perfect, we all know that. Security patches and updates fix the vulnerabilities... Read More , and Justin’s article on why you should keep Ubuntu updated Why You Should Always Keep Your Ubuntu Installation Updated [Linux] Why You Should Always Keep Your Ubuntu Installation Updated [Linux] Read More , I think it’s fairly obvious how important it is to keep everything on your PC up to date and completely patched.

The problem remains – it takes time, and time is something that I really don’t have a lot of these days. Thankfully, there’s a really cool application called Patch My PC that helps you manage and schedule patches of not only your Windows OS, but also a whole list of other commonly used applications you likely have on your PC.

Letting Patch My PC Manage Your Updates

Everyone knows that having old versions of anything from Firefox or Chrome to MS Word or Flash can introduce security holes in your system, because you don’t have the latest patches that developers have issued to “patch up” issues that hackers have exploited with that software.

The thing is, how is a person supposed to realistically go through everything you’ve got installed to upload and install updates? Just think of the time that would consume. However, with Patch My PC, you can have a tool to check whether you need updates, and that can automatically install all of those updates for you in one click.

When you first launch Patch My PC, you’ll see a full list of all of the most common applications that the software can check and update for you.

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You’ll find programs like Skype, various popular browsers, plugins like Quicktime or Flash, or other apps like iTunes and CCleaner.  If you want to see whether your own software installations are out of date, click on the “Re-Check Software” button.

There are also other programs in addition to the most common ones on the default list. To see them, just click on the “Other” tab and browse through the additional apps that Patch My PC can update for you. I added Audacity to my list, but if you scroll down you’ll see a whole lot of other applications available.

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Patch My PC will also deal with Windows Updates for you. Unlike your standard automatic Windows Update that you can enable with Windows, Patch My PC provides convenient visibility to a description of all of the critical patches your system doesn’t have. Rather than just blindly updating your PC, it’s nice to see exactly what updates are needed so you know exactly what’s getting installed on your PC.

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You can customize how the software scans your PC and updates software  by clicking on the “Options” tab in the right pane. Here you can have the software not update some of the programs, and you can configure exactly how you want the software to behave – like auto-update on PC start or auto-restart after applying updates – with the check boxes in the right pane.

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Another useful feature built into this software that’s similar to other PC Startup configuration apps Analyze Your Auto-Startup Programs Easily With AutoStart Explorer Analyze Your Auto-Startup Programs Easily With AutoStart Explorer Read More we’ve covered here at MUO, is the “Startup Items” tab. This is where you will see all of the programs that are configured to launch when your PC boots. You can quickly enable, disable or delete items by right clicking and making your selection.

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The Uninstaller tab also gives you quick access to the sort of Add/Delete Programs items that you’d find in your control panel. This makes it pretty convenient to quickly remove troublesome or old software – all you have to do is right-click and uninstall. Do you have a pesky app that is uninstalled but won’t delete from your list? Just click “Remove Program Entry” and Patch My PC will take care of it for you.

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All of those special features aside – the core of this software is really all about keeping your OS and programs all up to date and patched with one click. When you do click on the “Perform Updates” button, you can watch in the status area as the software works through your selected software list and updates each of them, one at a time.

If there are any problems or errors, the software will pause the process and wait for you to fix the problem – like closing windows for example.

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Once the updates are done, you can sleep better at night knowing that your OS and every common app (the ones that hackers are most likely to target) is completely patched and up to date – meaning that your PC is better protected.

How do you keep your PC and software up to date and patched? Do you think Patch My PC would help you save time and energy? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Image Credits: Time to Upgrade via Shutterstock,

  1. Golliat
    April 19, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Does it affects ilegal software?

    • Ryan Dube
      April 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      As far as I understand, it only updates the software that it is programmed or enabled to update (from the lists that I showed). Any other software you have on your PC, it doesn't know about or touch - at least that's my understanding.

  2. Chinook
    April 19, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Tried it and it's generally a nice app ... BUT ... when it installs new versions of the software/apps it also allows the installation of the Ask Toolbar or similar junk and that is definitely a deal breaker for me. Given that, it's way too expensive for me even if it is free.

    • Ryan Dube
      April 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      Free is too expensive? I didn't notice anything about an Ask Toolbar, or if it was in fact part of the setup, I always disable extra junk that such programs want to install. Thanks for your comment!

    • Justin Chalfant
      April 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      Hey, I'm the developer of Patch My PC. I just wanted to clarify Patch My PC doesn't install any tool bars . There are a few programs that Patch My PC can update that may include a tool bar in their installer. One is Auslogics Disk Defrag; I wouldn't have included this software since it had a tool bar, but someone specifically requested it to be added to Patch My PC's check list.

      Justin

    • Tina
      April 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Thanks for the clarification, Justin!

    • Justin Chalfant
      April 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      No Problem :)

  3. devcon
    April 19, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    It's quite a good app but i'd prefer Secunia PSI because Patch My PC patches the apps but doens't tell you if the patched programs left old .dlls or stuff like that behind so the system might still be vulnerable. PSI tells you and can remove those old .dlls and also has an autopatcher.

    And pls remember that commerical software is always a target for hackers so use alternatives. They are often less bloated and even faster with the same functions as the commercial.

    Like Adobe Reader... use PDF X-Change for example.

    The most important things to keep up-to-date are:

    - Your browser (Security is best at Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox)
    - Flash IE and Non-IE
    - Java
    - Your PFD reader

    These programs are almost al cases installed as a plugin in your webbrowser.

    • Ryan Dube
      April 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      Good advice, and thanks for the heads up on Secunia, I'll have to check that out.

  4. Adam
    April 19, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Does it also check drivers too? If so that would be GREAT-

    • Ryan Dube
      April 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Thanks Adam - it only checks for the latest patches/updates available for the software on the list. If it's not on the list, it won't do updates for it.

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