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Windows 7: Check for Program Updates

05 Jun 2014   #1
WilliamP458

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Check for Program Updates

Does Win.7 have a built in function that checks the system for software program updates?


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05 Jun 2014   #2
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

No there is no provision to check for updates. Secunia PSI will make sure that all your software is up to date
Free Computer Security - Personal Software Inspector (PSI) - Secunia
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05 Jun 2014   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

This is another program that you might be interested in.
I use it.

FileHippo.com - Download Free Software
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05 Jun 2014   #4
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
What do you want to update?

Do you want to check for updates for third party software?

If so - Secunia PSI (already mentioned by richc46) is a fairly decent option but you need to be aware of a few things and make a choice.

The latest version (PSI 3.0) installs a background service that runs all the time and it's not easy to turn off. Some users prefer to use an earlier version (PSI 2.0) as it gives the user more control over scans and updates.

Here's a link to PSI 2.0:

https://secunia.com/products/consumer/psi/sys_req/

The download link is on the right hand side of the page underneath the text - "Older versions of the Secunia PSI can be downloaded here" - and it's not the big green download button! Other than that there's https://patchmypc.net/

It runs without installation but can be tricky to configure. The advantage is that many updates can be installed silently.

The downside to both of these programs is that they don't check for updates for absolutely all software. If you want something that does that there's a program named SUMO that can be used to check for updates that the above software misses. The downside is that configuration can be problematic and installation of the wrong version will install "Relevant Knowledge" which could be classed as spyware although there is an RK free version available. It will look through all software and executable files on your machine and display if there's an available update and classes updates as either minor or major. It's then up to you to find the correct download and use the correct update method. SUMO will not install updates for you. I didn't post the download link for SUMO as it's just too easy to click the wrong download link instead of downloading the clean version.

Some users swear by FileHippo.com - Download Free Software

I cannot comment on it because I've never used it.
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05 Jun 2014   #5
WilliamP458

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

The reason I asked this question is I get pop ups from the bottom right of the monitor telling me I need to update a program. I have run all kinds of scans and cannot find any spyware or anything else. Also I will go ahead and check the program and if it did in fact need an update I update it.
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05 Jun 2014   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

What program is asking for a update?
Their are many bad things that will act in that fashion.
I would not tick on the update until I was sure what it was and then I would go to the proper web site.
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06 Jun 2014   #7
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WilliamP458 View Post
The reason I asked this question is I get pop ups from the bottom right of the monitor telling me I need to update a program. I have run all kinds of scans and cannot find any spyware or anything else. Also I will go ahead and check the program and if it did in fact need an update I update it.
Is your PC an OEM PC such as HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc., with the OS "as installed" by the PC manufacturer ?
Most of these systems I've seen have pre-installed programs that popup notification area messages such as this.
These programs aren't malware or malicious, they are just "bloatware".

Take a look at what you have in msconfig/startup and remove anything you don't NEED or WANT.
See if you still get the program update popups.
Here's some tutorials you can look at to help with this:
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
Clean Up Factory Bloatware

You should fill in your system specs and show if it's a pre-built (include Make & Model), custom-built, home-built, laptop/desktop, ...
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06 Jun 2014   #8
WilliamP458

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thank you for the help. I have run several scans and it seems to have stopped the pop-ups.
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