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    • UncleZen
    • By UncleZen 7th Mar 17, 5:56 PM
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    Secunia PSI
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    • 7th Mar 17, 5:56 PM
    Secunia PSI 7th Mar 17 at 5:56 PM
    Ive been using Secunia PSI for a few years to keep my system up to date.
    Just lately it warns me of out of date applications that I cannot get a newer version for and slo its "update now" feature doesnt always work.

    Is there a similar, more reliable, free application?

    I believe the paid-for Avast does a similar thing.
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    • UncleZen
    • By UncleZen 9th Mar 17, 2:13 PM
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    No replies?
    OK to rephrase the question, what do other people use to ensure that their applications are kept up to date?
    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 9th Mar 17, 3:05 PM
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    • 9th Mar 17, 3:05 PM
    I believe the paid-for Avast does a similar thing.
    Originally posted by UncleZen
    The free Avast does a similar thing.

    I prefer it to Secunia, although I haven't compared exactly what software each checks for.
    • alanrowell
    • By alanrowell 9th Mar 17, 5:31 PM
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    • 9th Mar 17, 5:31 PM
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    • 9th Mar 17, 5:31 PM
    Rather than letting Secunia do the update, just let it tell you what is wrong then go to the appropriate software supplier and download it
    • hans 2
    • By hans 2 9th Mar 17, 6:39 PM
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    • 9th Mar 17, 6:39 PM
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    • 9th Mar 17, 6:39 PM
    Give Patch My PC Updater a try.It's portable so no install required.

    Will search and update.
    • UncleZen
    • By UncleZen 10th Mar 17, 2:46 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 2:46 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 2:46 PM
    @esuhl - I never knew that, I will look over the weekend!

    @alanrowell - Thats what I do

    @hans 2 - I will check it out

    Thanks all
    • UncleZen
    • By UncleZen 10th Mar 17, 6:30 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 6:30 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 6:30 PM
    Just looked at Avast, the free version "appears" to have a free app updater, but you have to pay to use it :-(
    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 10th Mar 17, 8:26 PM
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    • 10th Mar 17, 8:26 PM
    Just looked at Avast, the free version "appears" to have a free app updater, but you have to pay to use it :-(
    Originally posted by UncleZen
    Huh? I'm using it in the free version. :-/

    Have you installed the relevant component? You might need to add it via the installed program list in the Control Panel.

    EDIT: Oh, hang on -- you have to pay to have it auto-update. Is that what you wanted? I always run it manually anyway, as I don't like my computer doing things automatically at random times.
    Last edited by esuhl; 10-03-2017 at 8:33 PM.
    • UncleZen
    • By UncleZen 11th Mar 17, 8:39 AM
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    • 11th Mar 17, 8:39 AM
    Yeah, I installed the component, ran it, it listed a couple of things, bit to resolve them your taken to a subscription screen.
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 11th Mar 17, 11:02 AM
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    I don't let any programs auto update. Several times updates have removed features that i use.

    I use forums that are picture heavy and when trying to find a certain post its a pain to have to wait for tons of pictures to load. Firefox had a tickbox to select do not load pictures. They removed that, so i stuck with the older version until i needed a newer feature more than that. So i had to download an addon to stop pictures loading.

    Same with apps on phones, I check the reviews before allowing them to update. All too often their bug updates turns out to be a major redesign and losing the functionality that i use and over the last year or so it seems to have riddled them all with tons of adverts.
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    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 11th Mar 17, 1:02 PM
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    Yeah, I installed the component, ran it, it listed a couple of things, bit to resolve them your taken to a subscription screen.
    Originally posted by UncleZen
    Uh... No, you just click to update the programs that are outdated. I don't see any subscription prompts... :-/

    You only need a paid subscription to have the programs automatically updated in the background. If you run the "software updater" scan, you can just click to update anything it finds that's outdated.

    I must say, I'm not a big fan of Avast's UI, especially after they recently changed it. Are you sure you're not missing something?
    • UncleZen
    • By UncleZen 11th Mar 17, 4:55 PM
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    I probably am, I'll check again.
    Ditto on the avast UI. They've gone out of their way to make it confusing
    • UncleZen
    • By UncleZen 12th Mar 17, 4:10 PM
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    I double-checked, may avast was requiring a restart, after the restart the feature was fully installed
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