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Ever wish you could just update all of your programs at once instead of when they give you a popup to do so? You can with this Windows program similar to apt-get upgrade in Linux, called AppUpdater.

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I hate it when I want to open a program and move on with my life only to be hit with a popup saying the program needs to be updated... And then I put it off for two months and see the popup every time. It's annoying! AppUpdater was made for problems like this. It gives a user the same functionality you'd get with apt-get upgrade in Linux.

Some features include:

Automatic upgrades, USB support, cross platform functionality, proxy support, ability to create your own repositories, a command line interface or GUI, etc.

It's also free and open source :)

Now I've got it installed on my netbook and if I click "New (Not Installed)", it'll give me a list of supported programs that work with AppUpdater. I can download and install programs from this list or I can click on "Scan" to scan my computer for known programs. It will open a list under "Installed" and give me the name and version number of each program. Now, I can choose to "Download all Updates" then "Install all Updates" or I can click on one of the programs highlighted in red and just install that one. Hey, that's cool! I don't have to wait til every frakkin' program gives me a popup, I can just do all my updates on the fly like once a month.

I did notice when testing the program I had to restart it to make it acknowledge my new versions that I'd updated. I also tried to update Python, but it wouldn't work through AppUpdater... All in all? A decent program with a few minor glitches, but it works non-the-less.

How do you keep your programs and Apps updated? Tell me about it in the comments or email us -- tips@hak5.org.

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13 Comments

  • I personally use Secunia PSI.
    It’s for windows and it’s free.
    http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/

  • Tommy M 2 years ago

    SUMo and FileHippo Updater. Secunia PSI is ok tool. I’m very curious about this tool.

  • Robert 2 years ago

    I use Secunia PSI and CNET TechTracker

    • Jimmy Gambino 2 years ago

      hahah techtracker comes up as a trojan with eset.
      I use secunia psi though thats the best company that i trust.

  • mrazure 2 years ago

    Your python did update/upgrade and what do YOU use python for ?

  • What happened to haktip 42 through 49?

  • Shannons face is saved in a werid action ( youtube random still )

  • Pixelated Dwarf 2 years ago

    rm -rf HakTips 42-49

  • I tried out app updater and was less than impressed. The point of the software should be to take the hassle of the user going out and finding the updated links for the software. Half of the versions in the default seed and app files given are from 2011.

  • Thanks for bringing this to my attention, sad thing (that I think Snubs should’ve mentioned/noticed) is, it has no idea of these new applications called “64bit”… and also gets very confused when there’s more Java jre’s on the system (anyone having Adobe products installed prob has) and found a lot of applications but puts them in “C:\ProgramData\Appupdater\unknown.txt” instead of “C:\ProgramData\Appupdater\installed.txt”..

    Good idea but not so good executed

  • Steev 2 years ago

    Ninite.com

    It only has a select number of programs, I use it for installing new software on a new build as it is an unattended installer!

  • Yeah Secunia PSI Blows this crap away,
    It find all the programs you have and helps you update them ALL,
    AppUpdater = Fail