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Is there an effective program which will check for & update programs on my computer?


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#1 spc3rd

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 08:19 AM

Good morning everyone,

With the various programs on my computer, such as, Adobe Air, Adobe Flash, JAVA, etc...I am interested in knowing if there is some program available which can be used to check all these installed programs to ensure they are up to date, insecure, and also be able to update them?

I had heard about the Secunia program, but the last info I came across about it, seemed to indicate it was not really recommended (or very effective).

I ask this because, although I see in some forums, such as, this one, a subforum which may list the latest updates for certain software...I frankly...have a difficult time in trying to keep abreast of what programs I need to update and where to update them at. (And, as everyone knows...outdated software can be an open invitation for a malware intrusion...something I definitely DON'T need!)

Thank you for your time and any suggestions! :busy:

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:38 AM

I'm probably not gonna be much help because I use Secunia. It seems to work well. I've checked the updates it lists against a manual search and have not found any issues.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 09:57 AM

I use Secunia also, I find it to be an outstanding program. In the 2+ yrs I've used it I've never had a problem, though I don't use the Auto-Update feature which apparently can be troublesome at times (I don't allow ANYTHING to auto-update on any of my machines) A weekly or bi-weekly scan with Secunia & FileHippo UDC http://www.filehippo.com/updatechecker/ keeps me up to date. :)

Useful Adobe/Java links:

Adobe Security Bulletins: http://www.adobe.com/support/security/
Flash Player Help: http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html
Flash latest version download: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
Shockwave latest: http://get.adobe.com/shockwave/
Java Version Verify: http://java.com/en/download/installed.jsp
All Java Downloads: http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

EDIT TO ADD: I'm glad you stopped by, there's a discrepancy re:Flash. On the "Help" page it lists v11.1.102.55 as "latest" but yet the "latest" ver d/l page offers Adobe Flash Player 11.1.102.62 :crazy:

Never mind, seems a patch was issued yesterday for Flash, 11.1.102.62 latest patched version: http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb12-03.html

Edited by Union_Thug, 16 February 2012 - 10:09 AM.


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Posted 16 February 2012 - 10:56 AM

My thanks to both of you, jburd1800 and Union_Thug for your respective informative responses! For me, it's personally re-assuring to get feedback from others who've had more experience with a particular program I may be seeking advice/information on...so be assured jburd1800 and Union_Thug...I most certainly value your responses!

I'll make sure to keep those links you provided on hand for future reference. I too, noticed that discrepancy regarding Flash; didn't rightly know what to make of it until I read your post here.

Thanks very much again for all the help! :thumbsup:

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