Updating third-party Windows applications is one tedious task for me since I’ve got lots of freewares installed. Running these apps one by one and clicking their update buttons or visiting their sites to see if there are new versions really is time consuming.

The Update Checker from FileHippo eases up this problem. Once installed, the Update Checker will scan your computer for FileHippoinstalled softwares and their current versions and send the information to FileHippo to check for updates. Your browser will open with a list of detected updates, including betas, with download buttons for every app. Although FileHippo is one large app repository, not all applications are supported.

This freeware works on Windows XP to 7 (even Windows 98) but requires .Net Framework 2.0 to work. You may download the Update Checker from the FileHippo website.