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Best Free Software Update Program

by James 28 November 2008 4 Comments

Here we are, the last episode of the Freeware Mission. Or the last episode before the grand finale. I’ve installed 50 freeware programs since the beginning, and my PC is feeling great with only freeware in it! I think it’s normal that the last freeware program that will be installed, the 51st, is a software update monitoring tool, a program that will automatically search for updates for my installed freeware programs.



There are three freeware programs that were interesting enough to be tested: FileHippo.com Update Checker, UpdateStar and SUMo (Software Update Monitor). FileHippo.com Update Checker is still in beta, and I was a little bit disappointed with it, didn’t find many of my installed programs. UpdateStar is an interesting program, but I think it still needs some work, because it only recognized the programs in the Control Panel Add/Remove Software list, and even read some of the program versions badly. 

SUMo is still the best option available: it scans the Program Files folders too and recognized my installed program versions without any error. The latest version fixed some “false alarms” errors, when the program found updates that didn’t exist. After using it for a while I can tell you that it’s really useful, it remembers your installed programs, scans your PC for newly installed software and gives you the updates accurately.


You can download SUMo from here, it’s free!

My Evaluation
Operating System
Windows All
1.5 MB
KC Softwares
Version Tested

Well, this is the end of the Freeware Mission, 51 essential programs installed for a freeware only PC! But it’s not quite over yet! Tomorrow you’ll have the full list of the 51 programs and you will be able to download the whole bunch of them, the Freeware Mission Pack!

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  • John said:

    Nice review, but have you tried Update Notifier?


    I would like to know how you like it compared to Software Informer.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Thanks for the suggestion John, I didn’t know anything about Update Notifier. I’ll give it a try soon.

  • John said:

    Thank you for testing it. 🙂

  • Neil said:

    SUMO wants to collect information on me, and when I click the privacy link, I am taken to a page which rambles on about planting trees on my behalf and the dangers of carbon dioxide. While I don’t mind sharing some data, this seems a little off to me. I will not install.

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