How to Ensure All of Your Programs Stay Up-to-Date

Ben Stegner 02-11-2015

You know that you need to keep software on your computer updated Why Do Apps Nag Me to Update & Should I Listen? [Windows] Software update notifications seem like a constant companion on every computer. Every app wants to update regularly, and they nag us with notifications until we give in and update. These notifications can be inconvenient, especially... Read More , but it takes too long to check for updates. Even though lots of programs automatically update themselves these days, it’s possible that you’re still running old versions of software without knowing it.


With FileHippo’s Update Checker, you can check all of your installed software against FileHippo’s database of apps to ensure you’re updated. Simply grab the installer and run the program. Within a few seconds FileHippo will open a new browser window showing you programs that need to be updated.

It won’t find everything, especially if you’re using legacy or custom software, but most major programs are supported — especially the ones that are available for download on FileHippo.

The list shows you which programs are outdated, what versions you’re running, and the latest versions available. You’ll also see download links to each program so you can quickly download the update from FileHippo (or elsewhere, if you choose).

On the right side of the window that pops up, be sure to disable Show beta versions if you aren’t interested in beta updates. Also, Show updates only should be enabled. There’s really no use in seeing a list of every single program installed on your system.


Consider pairing Update Checker with Ninite, a service that makes it easy to install programs in bulk How To Install & Uninstall Windows Programs In Bulk A mass installer or uninstaller can save you heaps of time. Remember the last time you set up a new computer? We are going to teach you how to do these tasks in a flash. Read More .

How many programs did you need to update? Do you prefer another method for finding outdated software? Have your say in the comments below.

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  1. Anonymous
    November 3, 2015 at 3:36 am


    FileHippo can no longer be trusted.
    Secunia drives me crazy.
    I still use Ninite Updater, but it only covers a few of my programs.

    SUMo tells me everything I need to know.

    • Ben Stegner
      November 3, 2015 at 4:02 am

      SUMo looks pretty good! You don't have to install the updates from FileHippo when you use its Update Checker but I can see why some people wouldn't want to.

      I use Ninite updater too, but you're right that it doesn't find everything. I'll take a look at SUMo for myself, because I like the look of it. Thanks for the recommendation!

      • Anonymous
        November 3, 2015 at 9:06 am

        Be careful when installing SUMo Ben, lots of other software in the installation process. Decline everything!!

      • Anonymous
        November 3, 2015 at 2:54 pm

        Use SUMo Lite.
        No other programs or ads.
        It's the best

    • Anonymous
      November 3, 2015 at 7:05 am

      Thank you for this.

  2. Anonymous
    November 3, 2015 at 3:02 am

    For Mac OS X, try AppFresh.

    • Ben Stegner
      November 3, 2015 at 3:58 am

      Looks like it isn't free, but thanks for the suggestion! Since FileHippo doesn't have an OS X app, people might find it worth paying for.

  3. Anonymous
    November 3, 2015 at 3:01 am

    NO; I tried FileHippo based on its recommendation in a YouTube Channel that I trusted. During install it installed other malware and adware. I used the "uninstall" routines for the other software and they DID NOT uninstall. I had to use another malware removal tool to get them out of my system.

    FileHippo is NOT a tool that anyone should be welcoming on their systems any longer!

    • Ben Stegner
      November 3, 2015 at 4:00 am

      FileHippo might not be the best place to install software, but you can use this Update Manager without actually installing software from them. You can get the portable version of Update Checker if you wish, then install the software updates from their respective websites.

  4. Anonymous
    November 3, 2015 at 12:58 am

    I have used FileHippo for years (and still do) but it is limited in what it covers.

    A better, more comprehensive and free updater is PatchMyPC

    Check it out--I think you'll be impressed. Really, both updaters are helpful and complementary.

  5. Anonymous
    November 2, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    When I try to download it from here:

    It downloads App Manager instead of Update Checker and starts with a dialog window hidden under all my other windows which makes it appear to do nothing. It behaves nothing like what is shown in the video. Maybe they are equivalent and maybe not but that's the kind of thing that makes me distrust a site.

    • Dick
      March 20, 2017 at 11:50 pm

      The App Manager is the latest incarnation of Filehippo's Update Manager. One nice thing about the site is that you can find older software versions--including the update checker. I tried--and didn't like--the app manager, downloaded and installed the update checker, and am perfectly satisfied.

      That said, Filehippo doesn't cover everything. I use it in combination with Secunia (I still use version 2, although they're up to version 8 or so) and PatchMyPC.

  6. Anonymous
    November 2, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Easiest way for me is to grab a Ninite executable installer of all of the apps I want kept up to date, put it in a cloud folder (e.g. OneDrive), then create a task in Task Scheduler to run it every Sunday during my sleep hours.

    I love Ninite!

    • Ben Stegner
      November 2, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      That's an excellent solution! I love Ninite too, and actually use Ninite Updater myself.

      It's a much easier updater, but it does cost $10 which is why I didn't write about it here.

  7. Anonymous
    November 2, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    To tell you the truth I didn't check the availability of the Update Checker on Filehippo's website before writing my comment, but I saw Filehippo has a database of programs for both MAC OSX and Windows programs. That prompted me to write my previous comment, since the database of programs written for MAC OSX does exist at that website.
    When I type "Update Checker" in the search field in Filehippo website, I get a list of programs, if the Windows word is underlined, then the list is of Windows programs, if the MAC word is underlined, then the (shorter) list of MAC programs comes up.
    What that search doesn't give me is the Update Checker application itself, neither for Windows, nor for MAC OSX.
    I am aware of other applications doing the same thing, I had one installed on my iMac, but I uninstalled it some time ago, since I get email messages about application upgrades for most of my installed programs from the program developers, thus reducing that application's usefulness.

    • Ben Stegner
      November 2, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      I think you've found the answer - FileHippo does indeed have Mac OS X software (which I knew, but wasn't the point of this article) but doesn't offer the Update Checker for Mac.

      Thanks for letting me know how you've used these other programs! I appreciate your comment.

  8. Anonymous
    November 2, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    OK Ben, I understand. I was not aware of the shorter articles, so it's good you pointed that out. So I am not disappointed anymore, I know where you are coming from. I'll read the MUO articles differently from now on.

    • Ben Stegner
      November 2, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      We launched them quietly, so I can see why you might have missed their purpose.

      Thank you for understanding and I apologize for your confusion. We appreciate having you as a reader! :)

  9. Anonymous
    November 2, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    What this article fails to mention, that this application is available for both major platforms, Apple and Windows.

    • Ben Stegner
      November 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      Are you sure, George? I just did a search for it and didn't find anything on Update Checker for Mac. Sure, there are other tools that do the same thing on OS X, but not from FileHippo.

  10. Anonymous
    November 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I second that, Peter. Also using Secunia but I keep looking for something that is less of a resource drag and possibly more comprehensive in coverage.

    • Ben Stegner
      November 2, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      Please read what I replied to Peter for an explanation of why this only covers one tool.

      I've never heard of Secunia but will check it out. Maybe I can turn this into a full article!

      • Anonymous
        November 3, 2015 at 12:31 am

        I believe Secunia is now a subscription service, aimed primarily at big corporates.

        Also it only lists program updates that have a security function, i.e. fix a bug.

  11. Anonymous
    November 2, 2015 at 10:33 am

    When I saw the title I thought I would read a review of various possible update services. Instead you just talk about 1, which gives me an uneasy feeling.
    People have accused MUO of pushing Microsoft products & services, and while I did not have the feeling when I read those comments, I am really wondering now. Why do you only mention 1 product, when there are many others out there? I use Secunia, and since I am not totally satisfied with it, I was hoping to see a variety of products/services mentioned here. I am disappointed, to say the least :-((

    • Ben Stegner
      November 2, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      Sorry that this wasn't what you thought it would be, Peter. If you haven't noticed, we've been running some new shorter articles that offer bite-sized tips in just a few hundred words or so. This is one of those, and as such it doesn't have the broad focus that a normal article would.

      If I had written a full article here, it would have been something like "X Programs That Update Windows Programs Automatically" - and I would have mentioned a list of other ones.

      Frankly, people who accuse us of pushing Microsoft products aren't paying attention. Yes, we publish lots of Windows content because many people use Windows. We also talk about Mac OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, and Chrome OS all the time. There's really no "push" for anything. We want to help you get more out of technology.

      I'm sorry you're disappointed, but you have to understand what this article was meant to do. It's meant to be a short tip, not an all-encompassing look at updating software. If this is something you'd like to see, maybe we'll do an article on it!