Update Windows and other essential apps from one place with Patch My PC

Software updates through the internet are very convenient, but with the increasing number of programs on your machine they could become quite a time consuming or distracting affair.

Which is precisely why this program can be so useful: Patch My PC is a free software that can manage the updates for a range of software that most users will want to make sure they update in a single, convenient interface.

These include Windows updates, Adobe software (Flash/Air/Reader), Java, iTunes and Quicktime, and a number of others.

Some notes on this program:

  • Color coded: programs shown in green font are updated, and those in red font have an available update
  • Common vs. optional software: common apps are in the main interface and include JAVA/Flash/Adobe Air/Reader/iTunes/Skype/Silverlight etc. Alternately, your can check or uncheck individual titles in the The “optional software” section in the left sidebar, which include a handful of common mostly freeware titles such as Chrome, CCleaner, ImgBurn, Dropbox, Picasa, etc.
  • Portable: just download and run.

The verdict: this program works remarkably well and might well become one of the first things I install on a new machine. It is especially useful if you would like to turn off Windows’ auto updates (in case you want to manage your bandwidth or for any other reason), it can be a very nice alternative that keeps you in control.

I did find myself wishing that the interface was a bit more streamlined or professional looking, but that is bit of a nonissue for a program like this. One drawback that was reported by reader Morely Dotes, who discovered that “it replaces individual Chrome installs with the global/all users ‘administrator’ install. Good if you’re doing a first-time setup, a nasty surprise if you’ve been tuning your Chrome install to exactly your own tastes for a while”.

Still, Patch My PC is a terrific piece of software that can be very useful. Recommended.

[Thanks go to readers Morely Dotes for emailing us about this program].

Version tested: 2.0.5

Compatibility: WinAll

Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx 328K).


 
 
 
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  • Toni

    I tried this program and uninstalled it because it had automatically updated my Firefox to the English version, where I use the Dutch version. It would be great to have all your security updates automated but this program makes mistakes.

    I prefer to run the Secunia Personal Software Inspector from time to time. (There is also an online scanner on the Secunia website.) It has an option to install your updates automatically, but I haven’t tried that (yet). I like a level of control beore making changes to my system.
    This program does a good job but note that the Secunia inspector only notifies you about security updates.

    http://secunia.com/

  • Curious

    And there’s the important question … how does this compare against other free updaters? Secunia, SUMo … or the online things like fileHippo?

  • gap

    Result to VirtusTotal Scan:

    File name: PatchMyPC_3.exe
    Submission date: 2011-11-06 19:43:22 (UTC)
    Current status: finished
    Result: 3 /43 (7.0%)

    AhnLab-V3 2011.11.05.02 2011.11.06 Trojan/Win32.HDC
    Emsisoft 5.1.0.11 2011.11.06 Trojan.Win32.FakeAV!IK
    Ikarus T3.1.1.107.0 2011.11.06 Trojan.Win32.FakeAV

  • Samer

    @ Gap: 3 positive out of 43 is actually a good result, especially for a software that does what this program does. Also note that none that all of the heavyweight malware detectors passed it as ok.

    These are false positives. I would consider the VirusTotal report to be a clean bill of health.

  • Luke

    The program is very good, must when you get a new machine!

  • DimensionX

    Could be false positives. But it’s always a good thing to upload to virustotal or jotti antivirus to make sure it’s not a virus you load as the first thing on your new machine.
    I don’t know much about AhnLab, Emisoft or Ikarus. But I would not ignore a warning like this when it came from a big name like Avira, AVG or Bitdefender.
    It could very well be that the file name containing the word “patch” raises the flags on this one. (PatchMyPC_3.exe)

  • http://patchmypc.net Justin

    Hey guys, I’m the developer these are in fact false positives all have been corrected except ahnlabs couldn’t figure out how to contact them about false positives here more info and links regarding the solutions on the venders website http://patchmypc.net/forum/index.php?topic=35.0. Thanks for the review I know it’s certainly not the most professional looking interface, but it’s getting better with each version :)

    DimensionX the executable should just be PatchMyPC.exe not PatchMyPC_3.exe you may want to make sure you download it from Patchmypc.net