How to keep computer software and drivers updated
Software updates are released with new functionalities and enhancements. It eliminates any bugs present in the previous version and offers improved security and performance. Most of the computer users who are not tech savvy, usually don’t bother to update their computer software to the latest version. The same can be said about drivers. Hardware manufacturers regularly update drivers with bug fixes, performance and stability improvements.
While the effect of using obsolete software or drivers might not be visible immediately. But there might be many negative effects. For instance your computer’s security can get compromised due to the vulnerabilities present in the old software. Hackers are mainly targeting those computers which are running older software. Also you might not get the optimal performance from software and hardware due to older version.
So it is always recommended to update the software and drivers to the latest version as much as possible. Unfortunately, the updating process is not as easy as it sounds. There is no unified interface from where you can easily update all the software and drivers. You have to manually check software and driver update either from the software itself or visit manufacturer websites. This process is tiresome and most of the users would not care to do this.
Do you wish it would be great if you can update all your software and drivers without this much hassle? The good news is that it is possible; you can even update all outdated software and drivers in just one click. Here are some useful software which will make this task a lot easier.
FileHippo Update Checker:
FileHippo Update Checker is a useful free software. It not only updates outdated drivers but also notifies about obsolete software installed on your computer. FileHippo is one of the most popular websites to download free and trial software. It has a vast collection of software and drivers. FileHippo Update Checker is a very basic software which regularly scans computers and notifies you if a newer version of the software or driver is available. It doesn’t have any user interface. When you click on its icon in the system tray it will take you to the FileHippo website from where you can download latest software and drivers. Unfortunately, the driver identification is not as good as any other dedicated driver update software. But I mostly use it for the software update feature.
Download: FileHippo Update Checker
Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI):
If you are more concerned about security then you should use Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI). This freeware scans all .exe, .dll, and .ocx files present on your computer. Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) reads meta data of these files which are generic to all users regardless of computer configuration. After this step the software sends these data to Secunia’s servers for detailed analysis. Secunia Personal Software Inspector displays all unsecured software present on your computer. You will also get to know which software has reached ‘end of support’ by he developer or any latest security patch available for any software. In this way you can secure your computer from vulnerability based attacks. If you are a business user you would be happy to know that you can easily connect Secunia PSI to CSI their corporate software inspector, a Vulnerability scanning software for Businesses.
Driver Booster is one of my favorite driver update software. This software is developed by IObit which is popular for their Advance SystemCare software. The software automatically identifies all outdated drivers and displays the result. Just click on the Update Driver button and Driver Booster will automatically download most recent driver and install them. The free version of Driver Booster doesn’t offer many features but it is good enough for most users. A paid version of this software is also available if you need the added functionalities. Driver Booster is compatible with Winodws XP/Vista/7 and 8.
Download: Driver Booster
Driver Magician is most feature rich driver updating and backup utility. It comes with a bunch of useful features like auto driver update, drive backup and restore, driver cloning and much more. Additionally you can backup computer’s My Documents and Desktop folder. Driver Magician can detect unknown devices and download suitable drivers for it. This handy software works on all versions of Windows operating system 98/SE/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/8/8.1. It is a paid software but it’s worth the price.
Download: Driver Magician