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Is there any software that could check for update for the versions for the software installed in the local machine?

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Secunia PSI is a tool provided by the security company Secunia that runs resident on your computer and automatically updates the apps it can and provides links for those it can't.

For instance, Flash plugins, Java, and Acrobat Reader can all be updates automatically by the app, but Chrome cannot be, and so it simply tells you when a new version is available and provides a direct download link.

It works pretty well and hasn't slowed down either of the computers I run it on. It also works just fine running only when you choose to run it.


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This sounds cool.. but i don't want an AUTOMATIC upgrade!.. –  Romil N Jun 27 '11 at 18:45
Secunia PSI allows you to decide whether to simply notify on new versions or to have it automatically upgrade those apps it can. So you can run it in "manual" mode as you like. –  music2myear Jun 27 '11 at 21:43
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It in generally more for scanning a whole network, but SpiceWorks would do that nicely, even for one computer. http://www.spiceworks.com/

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which feature of spice works would fulfill my requirement? –  Romil N Jun 27 '11 at 18:45
It does a complete software inventory...I mean EVERY program. lsntap.org/sites/all/files/6_Software_Inventory.jpg –  KCotreau Jun 27 '11 at 18:50
that sounds fine... but i just want a little app that could do just that.. the one that you given is way 2 big for just one feature..plus its online.. and i need an offline way.. –  Romil N Jun 27 '11 at 18:59
@romilnagrani - how would said program know if there is an update available if it can't go on-line to check with the publisher(s)? –  DaveE Jun 27 '11 at 19:48
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FileHippo.com has an 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. These are then neatly displayed in your browser for you to download. Please note that not all programs are supported.

The Update Checker works on any PC running Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, 2000, ME or 98.

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The Orbit Downloader has a feature like this too though it's not the apps main purpose.

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Well most of the latest softwares whether it is a browser or a utility plugin, comes with automatic update or online update check options, I'd suggest do not go for extra utilities as they will just grab a part of memory, processing, and network bandwidth and are not always efficient to use.

Also, for Windows 7, there are supports to check for Update automatically of all the necessary drivers and Microsoft's softwares such as MS Office, .NET framework, Visual C++ runtime libraries, DirectX, virus definitions for Security Essential, and lots more.

But if you are really eager for such an update checker, do look on:

TechTracker from CNET, and

Update Checker from FileHippo.

Here is a short comparison between these two.

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