12 Free Software Updater Programs

Update Your Outdated Software With One of These Free Tools

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A software updater is a program you install on your computer to help you keep all your other software updated to their latest versions.

Install one of these free software updates and it will first automatically identify all of your software and then determine if an update is available. Then, depending on the updater, with either point you to the newer download on the developer's site or maybe even do the downloading and updating for you!

Note: By no means do you have to use a software updater to update your outdated software. Checking for a new version yourself, and then downloading and updating manually, is certainly an option. However, a software updater makes the process really easy. The fact that all of these excellent ones are completely free is even better.

Screenshot of Baidu's PC App Store in Windows 7
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PC App Store is a free software updater that automatically scans every installed program on a schedule and prompts you to download an updated version when necessary.

Batch downloads and installs are supported, and updates are downloaded and managed through the program itself, which means you don't need to open a web browser to do any of the downloading.

There's a link next to each update that tells you what's included in the new version, and you can ignore the update if you'd rather skip that particular version, which will prevent PC App Store from listing it as needing an update.

PC App Store Review & Free Download

PC App Store is more than just a software updater - you can even remove any of the programs installed on your computer.

Also, among other things, and as the name suggests, PC App Store has a huge list of free programs and games that you can install through its store, which you can download from inside the application just like you would an update.

PC App Store works on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP. More »

Screenshot of Patch My PC Updater 3.2.0.1 in Windows 8

Patch My PC is another free software updater that I like, not only because it's completely portable, but also because it will install software patches - no clicking and no manual update checks!

It's easy to quickly tell the difference between applications that are already updated and ones that are outdated because the green titles indicate up-to-date software, while the red ones show outdated programs. You can update all of them at once, or uncheck the ones you don't want to patch (or, of course, let the scheduled auto-updates do it for you automatically).

There are lots of optional settings you can enable, like disabling silent installs, enabling beta updates, forcing programs to shut down before updating them and many others.

Patch My PC can also work as a simple software uninstaller.

Patch My PC Updater Review & Free Download

The only thing I don't like about Patch My PC is that the user interface isn't quite as friendly but I wouldn't skip trying this tool just on those grounds.

I really like the fact that it works so quickly, can be run from a flash drive and supports truly automatic updates. These are certainly the most important things I look for in a software updater.

Patch My PC Updater should work with all versions of Windows. I tried it out in Windows 10 and Windows 8 and it worked great. More »

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Screenshot of the free version of the Heimdal update checker
Heimdal Free.

Heimdal is useful if you want to keep your security-critical programs up-to-date without having to think about it. This program will automatically and silently download and install patches when necessary.

Heimdal can work in what's called "autopilot" mode to keep all compatible programs updated automatically or you can choose a custom setup.

A custom configuration lets you choose which installed programs should be monitored for updates and which ones should be auto-updated. This means you can have Heimdal monitor some but not update them, or not monitor or update others - it's totally up to you.

Heimdal checks for updates every two hours by default but you can turn off automatic scanning if you prefer. It also includes recommended programs and makes them just one click away.

Heimdal Free Download

This program has the unique feature of checking for and updating programs automatically, but it's not very user-friendly. Then again, you shouldn't really need to have the program open often because it will do everything in the background, so you can really just install it and forget about it.

Since this is the free version, you don't get the features that are only in the pro edition, like malware detection and website blocking.

Note: During the installation of Heimdal, choose the free option and then enter your email address to activate the free edition. More »

Screenshot of FileHippo App Manager
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FileHippo App Manager, previously called Update Checker, is a very minimal and easy to use program that scans your computer for updates and then displays the results in your internet browser, where you can find links to download the updates on FileHippo's own website.

The results page shows the old and new version number of the programs, as well as beta updates.

FileHippo App Manager can optionally hide beta updates, add custom install folders, and exclude any program from showing up in the update results.

FileHippo App Manager Review & Free Download

The setup files for FileHippo App Manager is less than 1 MB and takes just a couple seconds to install.

FileHippo App Manager can be used on Windows 10 through Windows 2000, as well as with Windows Server 2003. More »

Screenshot of Carambis Software Updater v2.0.0.1321
Carambis Software Updater v2.0.0.1321.

Carambis Software Updater doesn't support direct downloads, which means the update results display in your internet browser after a scan is performed, much like FileHippo App Manager. From there, you must click a couple download links to get to the final one that lets you save the program installer to your computer.

The current and new update version, as well as the download size, will be shown on the results page before you start downloading an update.

Carambis Software Updater can be setup to scan your computer for updates on a schedule as well as scan custom folders for updates instead of just the default locations. This is handy if you have programs custom installed.

Carambis Software Updater Review & Free Download

Note: You'll be asked to install toolbars and change some of your default internet browser settings while Carambis Software Updater installs, but you can easily skip over those options if you don't want them.

Carambis Software Updater only officially supports Windows 7, Vista, and XP, but I was able to use it without issues in Windows 10 and Windows 8. More »

Screenshot of OUTDATEfighter
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OUTDATEfighter does just as the name suggests - it protects your computer from outdated software by acting as a free program updater.

It just takes one click to batch download or installs updates in OUTDATEfighter. This means you can place a check next to all the programs that need to be updated to have OUTDATEfighter download them all one after the other and then start launching the setup files. Before downloading updates, the setup files are even scanned for viruses, which is really helpful.

Throughout the day, OUTDATEfighter will notify you of software that requires updates. You can also ignore any update to prevent update notifications for that particular program.

OUTDATEfighter Review & Free Download

I really like the fact that you don't need to open a web browser or search for the updated setup file on the internet. Everything is done from inside the program, and you can clearly see the old and updated version numbers (and sometimes release dates) for comparison.

There's also a program uninstaller and a Windows Update utility included in OUTDATEfighter.

OUDATEfighter can be used on Windows operating systems from Windows XP up through Windows 10. Windows Server 2008 and 2003 are also supported. More »

Screenshot of Update Notifier v1.1.6.141 in Windows 7
Update Notifier v1.1.6.141.

Update Notifier installs in seconds and can monitor software installations in the background to notify you when a program needs to be updated. A schedule can be setup to check for updates every so many days and hours, like every 3 hours or every 7 days, for example.

Updates must be downloaded via a browser because Update Notifier does not let you download files directly through its program. However, the files from Update Notifier's website are pulled directly from the official websites of the applications, which help guarantee clean, up-to-date, original downloads.

You can also configure Update Notifier to scan a particular folder outside the regular program files location. This would be ideal for finding updates to portable programs. Like some of the other program updaters from this list, Update Notifier also lets you ignore updates.

A Watch List can be built if you sign up with Update Notifier so you can get alerts by email when new software updates are available.

Update Notifier Review & Free Download

Update Notifier can also be run as a portable program if you choose that option during setup.

You can use this program on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, and 2000. More »

Screenshot of Secunia Personal Software Inspector in Windows 7
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Secunia PSI is a bit different than the other free software updaters in this list. Instead of finding updates for all your software, it will only update programs if it will fix a security vulnerability.

While testing Secunia PSI, programs like Adobe Shockwave Player, Apple iTunes, and Flash Player were downloaded and installed automatically without notifying me of anything, which was really useful considering that some of them seem to require updates often.

There's a history page in the program that shows you what Secunia PSI has updated so you can keep track of what it has done while you were away.

Secunia PSI Review & Free Download

My major concern with Secunia PSI is that it seems to take a really long time to perform a scan of your computer.

Secunia PSI works on Windows XP and newer operating systems like Windows 8 and 10. More »

Screenshot of Software Updater
Software Updater.

Software Updater loads in basically no time and doesn't need installed, which means you run it from a portable drive and get update information moments after the download.

Results show up in your web browser by accessing the Software Updater website. A program is listed as Latest, which means no update is required, or with a Download link pointing to the update. Version numbers are clearly indicated so you know which version you're currently using and what the updated version is, as well as the download size.

I'm really glad Software Updater makes it easy to download program updates. After clicking the download link, you'll find the update begin to download a few seconds later directly from the Software Updater website.

Software Updater Review & Free Download

Software Updater doesn't seem to find as much outdated software as some of the other programs from this list. There also aren't any settings that come bundled with it, so you can't choose things like an update schedule.

The official list of supported operating systems include Windows Vista down through Windows 98, but it may also work with other versions of Windows. I tested Software Updater in Windows 10 without any troubles. More »

Screenshot of Filepuma showing program updates from Glarysoft Software Update
Glarysoft Software Update Results.

Glarysoft has a free program update checker for Windows that isn't much of a program itself, but when you run the checker, it opens the results in your browser and gives you direct download links to the program updates.

Software Update sends the scan results to a file download website called Filepuma that's owned by Glarysoft. From there are download links to the program updates.

You can customize the updater program to ignore beta versions and to run when Windows starts, but that's about it. The results list can be customized too so that you can ignore updates for specific programs or ignore just this one updated version for any program.

Glarysoft's Software Update Free Download

Clearly, Software Update is not as advanced or helpful as some of the updaters at the start of this list that can download and update programs for you, but it's still a functional program that's really lightweight and can run all the time without affecting performance.

Note: On the download page, be sure to select the Download button below "Software Update Free" to avoid getting a trial of their pro software.

Important: Once Software Update has finished installing, but before setup closes, you're asked if you want to install Glary Utilities. If you don't do anything, the program might install automatically, so be sure to uncheck that option if you don't want Glary Utilities. More »

Screenshot of Avira's free program updater tool
Avira Free Software Updater.

You can quit searching for updates manually if you have Avira's Free Software Updater program installed. With just one click it will check your entire computer for outdated applications and tell you which ones need updating.

The program is quick to find an entire list of old programs and gives you download links to open in your web browser so that you can download the updates yourself.

Compared to similar programs, this updater seems to find a good number of outdated programs but unfortunately, it's limited in a number of ways.

Avira Free Software Updater Free Download

Avira Free Software Updater is just the free, limited version of the paid edition that has additional features.

For example, Avira's free updater will not download or install program updates for you. Instead, just use the link next to any program's "Update" button to find the download page online.

This program also does not let you choose when it should automatically scan your computer for outdated programs, but it does seem to do so periodically. Otherwise, you need to open it and use the Rescan button each time you want to check for outdated software.

Note: During installation, Avira Free Software Updater asks you to install some other Avira software but you can just avoid those requests if you don't want them; they won't install unless you click them. More »

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Screenshot of SUMo v5.4.0.374 in Windows 8
SUMo v5.4.0.374.

SUMo is a free software updater for Windows that's absolutely amazing at finding updates. You can install SUMo to a computer or launch it portably from a custom folder.

The program takes quite a while to scan your whole computer for outdated software, but it definitely found more programs that needed updates than any other tool in this list.

Every program it finds is listed out, even those that don't require an update. The ones that do need updating are labeled as requiring a minor update or a major one so you can quickly decide which programs you may want to update. The version numbers are clearly visible so you can quickly glance at the outdated and updated versions. It can even search for beta releases.

SUMo not only searches for programs installed in the regular installation directory of your computer, as you can even add custom folders and files for it to scan, like if you have portable software stored on another hard drive.

SUMo Review & Free Download

A huge downside to using SUMo is that it doesn't provide links to the download pages for updates. Instead of providing a direct link inside the program, or even just linking to a download page, SUMo simply lets you search for the program on the internet, where you'll then need to find the download yourself, manually.

I tested SUMo in Windows 10 and Windows 8 without any issues, so it should work in other versions of Windows too like 7, Vista, and XP. More »