FileHippo App Manager is a free update software utility that will help you access new versions of your favorite apps. It will keep you informed at all times of any new update made available for your installed programs while recommending you other software tools that may be of interest to you. Downloads from the FileHippo site are promised to be 100% free of viruses.
The program’s irregular interface goes from a tiny and not-very-attractive initial window – which launches the scan process – to a more standard set of windows where you can customize the way the program will handle the results. Here you can decide if beta versions will be taken into account or if you want the file manager to show all your installed programs or only those that require updating. The results of the Update Checker can be viewed in a different window. There you can choose to show all releases or hide all of them, as well as to define individually which will be shown and which won’t.
The links to the updates themselves are made available via your default browser or the one you specify in the program’s settings window. Your browser will pop up showing a list of all the updates available for your installed apps (each with its own download link in the shape of a green arrow) and giving you information about the version number installed and the one of the latest update available.
FileHippo App Manager boasts of providing high-speed downloads from their high-bandwidth servers, and that is an irrefutable fact. Besides, they now have dedicated servers for different parts of the world (namely, US and Europe). The same is true for the update checker, which performs a scan of your system and the apps installed on it in barely a couple of seconds. One last very interesting feature allows you to go back to the previously-installed version if the update doesn’t meet your expectations.
FileHippo App Manager is 100% free, and though it still shows ample room for improvement, is a simple tool to be taken into account when looking for an efficient update software program.
- Keeps you timely informed of any new release of your favorite apps
- Adds useful recommendations of software tools that may interest you
- Uses your default browser to show you the results
- Some texts in the updates webpage are available in only German
- Irregular interface design