Software & Apps Backup & Utilities Update Notifier v22.214.171.124 A Full Review of Update Notifier, a Free Software Updater By Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated March 03, 2020 Backup & Utilities Design Cryptocurrency MS Office Windows Linux Google Drive Apps File Types Backup & Utilities View More Tweet Share Email Update Notifier is a free software updater that does just as the name suggests—it notifies you of any outdated software and provides you with the download links. A unique feature worth mentioning about Update Notifier is that, to ensure genuine updates, it gives you direct download links to a program's official website that releases the software. Download Update Notifier This review is of Update Notifier version 126.96.36.199. Please let me know if there's a newer version I need to review. More About Update Notifier Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000 are the operating systems that are officially supported, but I was able to use Update Notifier in Windows 10 and Windows 8 as wellUpdate Notifier shows all the programs installed to your computer, and then highlights the ones that need updatedA filter tool lets you customize the results screen to hide/show major version, minor version, and build version updates, as well as free and commercial software, programs that need updates, and the software that's already up-to-dateThe version numbers of the updated programs are displayed next to the version numbers of the installed, outdated programs so you can easily compare the twoAll updates are downloaded through Update Notifier's website, CleanSofts.org, but each download is a direct link to the program's official website, making it much easier to trust that the downloads are genuine updatesYou can create a free Watch List with Update Notifier that will notify you of updates even if you don't have that software installed to your computerThrough the Recommended tab, Update Notifier suggests you install a handful of programs, and makes it easy for you to visit their download pages Update Notifier Pros & Cons As you can see, Update Notifier has plenty of features to like. Pros: Easy to use, condensed interfaceSmall download sizeInstalls quicklyReally fast scansCan ignore updates from showing up in the resultsChecks for updates on a scheduleSupports finding updates for portable softwareCan be used as a portable program Cons: Must use a web browser to download the updatesMust install the updates manually My Thoughts on Update Notifier I prefer to use a software updater that lets me download the updates without having to visit a web browser, which means Update Notifier isn't my first choice when selecting such a tool. However, I do appreciate that all the updates are gathered on one page and are each direct links to the developer's website. This is still much better than not using a software updater at all. I'm also really glad there's a filter tool in Update Notifier because you don't really need to see all the programs you have installed to your computer when you're only looking for ones that need updates. With the Filter Software button, you can uncheck Up-to-Date Software so only the ones that require updates are shown. Another feature I like is the scheduler option in Update Notifier's settings. You can enable or disable the schedule and set it to scan your computer for outdated software every so many days and hours, such as every hour, every 24 hours, every week, etc. Download Update Notifier To use Update Notifier as a portable program, choose Run during setup to prevent it from installing to your computer.