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FileRex Scans Your Computer For Software Updates

Windows: If you’re looking for a way to supplement Window’s Updates system scan with one that covers peripheral programs, FileRex scans over 10,000 applications and checks them for updates.

Run FileRex, wait about 20 seconds, and you’ll be greeted with a list of applications with available updates. If you wish to update them, click the Download link in the FileRex entry for that application. FileRex is a free, portable, Windows only application.

FileRex Update Checker [via Addictive Tips]

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  • Published 02/12/12

Comments (5)

  1. Richard Steven Hack

    I’ve been using PatchMyPC for a number of my clients recently. It checks for updates to a short list of “critical” software and a short list of optional software. It’s been very useful in easily keeping things like Firefox, Adobe Flash, etc. up to date.

    One thing it doesn’t have is the ability to run as a service, though, if I’m not mistaken.

    FileRex sounds interesting because it can run in the background and has a much larger list of apps it can update. It’s important how it actually does the updates – silently, handling issues, etc. – as much as how many apps it checks. I will test it and see if it works better than PatchMyPC.

  2. Jim

    I have been using Secunia’s PSI which is free for personal use. It seems to cover all teh essential stuff, and updates some in teh background. Occasionally needs a full scan which can slow the PC, but overall good value for teh time spent on it. It focuses on security risks, and gives you a comparison to other users so you can see how up to date you are.

  3. geeknik

    Ninite found 3 updates: Spotify, Adobe Air and Dropbox. FileRex didn’t. Guess I’ll stick with Ninite. =)

  4. Kenneth

    I tried to download FileRex on to different Windows 7 computers & couldn’t. Is there a problem with the sofeware or what am I doing wrong?

  5. thenonhacker

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