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View Poll Results: Which is your favourite Software Update Monitor?
KC Softwares' Software Update Monitor (SUMo) 11 61.11%
CleanSofts' Update Notifier (UDN) 5 27.78%
FileHippo's Update Checker (UDC) 3 16.67%
Secunia's Personal Software Inspector (PSI) 3 16.67%
Canneverbe's Ketarin 0 0%
UpdateStar 1 5.56%
None of the Above 0 0%
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Old 12. Feb 2009, 10:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 04. Mar 2009, 02:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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At the moment I agree with poll results. For me the best one is Update Notifier.
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Old 18. Mar 2009, 08:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I vote for SUMo, because it can detect the most software out of my system (believe me, I have tons of them, all with one use or another). Update Notifier is great as well, being faster, nicer GUI etc., but ultimately, SUMo wins with its ability to detect (although it detected more than needed, especially after I configured the scanner to In-Depth). Both do have their fair share of problems though, like the uncommon, but still existent false positives, but they're currently two of the best.
As for the others, they're either unknown, unessential, or just a plain waste of disk space + time + energy.
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Old 18. Mar 2009, 08:40 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for your thoughts J.L.

If you go to the folder C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Application Data\cspa and open the InstalledApps.xml file, you can see which software Update Notifier detects, but does not show. If you have any software installed that you feel should be on CleanSofts' database, you can contact them (click on the Contact Us link on UDN) and request them to add it (include a link to the software's homepage and/or its download page). They typically reply within a few hours.

If you want to remove the unnecessary executables SUMo finds during a scan, select them and click on the Ignore button. They will then not show up again, even after another in-depth scan.
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In my opinion at the moment Update Notifier is better than SUMo and it is not only my opinion, just look for User Rating on Softpedia:
1. SUMo: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/...ous/SUMo.shtml
2. Update Notifier: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/...Notifier.shtml.
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Old 19. Mar 2009, 12:45 AM   #6 (permalink)
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@FrankO: Yeah I did know about SUMo's ignore button, I wouldn't have preferred it without that (For example, I use 3 all-in-one pc maintenance programs ..., the overall number of detection is almost 4x what's left after I ignored entries).
As for the info on Update Notifier, thanks for that, I'll think about contacting them later, because I also have 3 RSS feeds. Overall, all 5 of these updating services detected most, if not all, of the software I have.
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Old 19. Mar 2009, 12:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Could you tell me what RSS pages do you use ?
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Old 20. Mar 2009, 01:50 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Sure, it's right here. Just go to the RSS Feeds section, which is the 3rd last one.
There are others out there, but I'm no expert at these kind of things, so you'll have to ask someone else.
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SUMo has not still very basic feature 'run in background'.
"Automatic detection of installed software" - I think this feature have every update monitor (Update Notifier, Update Checker...)
What do you mean with "More Compatibility" ?
"Ignore list" is available in most of the software updaters (Update Notifier, Update Checker...).
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