FileHippo App Manager v1.47

A Full Review of FileHippo App Manager, a Free Software Updater

Screenshot of FileHippo App Manager v1.47 in Windows 7 and Google Chrome
FileHippo App Manager v1.47. © Well Known Media

FileHippo App Manager (previously known as Update Checker) is a free software updater that scans your computer for outdated software against its own collection of freeware at

The results of what FileHippo App Manager finds is displayed in your browser, where you can then download the necessary files to complete the updates.

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Note: Though the current version is in beta (v2.0), this review is of FileHippo App Manager version 1.47. Please let me know if there's a newer version I need to review.

More About FileHippo App Manager

  • Can be used in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 2000
  • FileHippo App Manager shows the currently installed version number of a found program, as well as the updated one
  • You can toggle options on the results page to show all the programs FileHippo App Manager detected on your computer (not just the outdated ones) as well as the install path and any beta versions that are available
  • All updates or just the current release can be hidden for any program so you will no longer see it on the results page
  • Custom folders can be added to the scan settings of FileHippo App Manager so it will check elsewhere for outdated software instead of just the default program installation folders

    FileHippo App Manager Pros & Cons

    FileHippo App Manager is a simple program, and therefore isn't packed full of features like you'd find in similar software updaters:


    • Simple to use
    • Very small download size
    • Installs quickly
    • Lightweight program
    • Lets you update your programs to beta versions
    • Supports fast downloads


      • Updates must be downloaded manually through a web browser
      • No custom scheduling/scanning options

      My Thoughts on FileHippo App Manager

      I've used FileHippo App Manager for a long time and I've never had any issues with it. It's really easy to use without any extra, unnecessary settings, and it finds updates for just about all of the programs I have installed on my computer.

      Because FileHippo App Manager doesn't download updates for you, but instead makes you visit a download page through your web browser, it's easy to be turned off and want to use a software updater that does support direct downloads. However, FileHippo's website is so simple and easy to use for anyone that it's hard to dislike it.

      It's important to remember that without a software updater, you'd have to either update a program by visiting the developer's website or by checking for updates within your applications themselves. With an updater like FileHippo App Manager, you can find updates for lots of your programs at once and get their download links without ever leaving FileHippo's website, which is really nice.

      Download FileHippo App Manager
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