FileHippo.com is a great resource for software and obtaining the very latest versions. But the best part about FileHippo is their Update Checker software:
The Update Checker will scan your computer for installed software, check the versions and then send this information to FileHippo.com to see if there are any newer releases.
This is a great service that helps keep your computer up-to-date. This is important because software developers will often release new versions of their software that fix problems and add new features. But even more importantly are the security holes that are patched in newer versions. So it is vital to system health and security that you stay on top of the latest versions of software installed on your computer. FileHippo makes this process very easy.
After you download and install Update Checker, you will notice a new icon in your Windows taskbar. From here, you can run it, review the results of a previous scan, change the settings or close it completely. We recommend that you right-click on the taskbar icon, select Settings and then uncheck the “Beta versions” checkbox. For most people, stable versions of software is highly recommended over beta versions, so you are better off just turning of those notifications. Also, if you don’t want it to run in the background, you can choose to not have it load when you boot up your computer. Instead, you can just run it from the Start menu whenever you like.
Now that you have your configured your settings, right-click on the taskbar icon and start a new scan (or run it from the Start menu). When Update Checker is done, it will open your default browser and display a page with a list of recommended updates. It even provides links to download each program, making it even easier. Just download and install each update.
We recommend including Update Checker into a weekly routine along with our other recommended maintenance software, such as CCleaner, Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, etc. Keeping your computer’s software updated is very important yet often neglected. Between Windows Update (with Microsoft Updates enabled) and FileHippo’s Update Checker, there’s no reason why you can’t keep your computer safe and up-to-date. It’s worth the marginal weekly effort to avoid costly and time-consuming repairs later.