To Keep Your Software Updated, Check out CNETCNET is currently offering a free program, called TechTracker, that will update any computer software to its most recent version. To take advantage of this offer you need to sign up to become a member of CNET. Once your registration is completed, you will be able to download this free program and start using it immediately. I gave this software a try on my personal laptop system that is running Windows 7 Ultimate with SP1 and here is what I found:

The download process from CNET for its TechTracker software was quick and the installation process was straightforward and uneventful. Once installed, I ran a scan of my computer system and was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it finished. When the scan was completed, I discovered that TechTracker had found 30 software programs, on my system; out of those 30, 11 needed updating.

One program that TechTracker found to need updating was avast!, which surprised me since I was under the impression that this would have been done for me during the automatic definition update cycle. Since this was apparently not the case, I did allow TechTracker to upgrade this program as well as the other 10 software programs that it indicated needed updating. The entire process took about one hour, since some of the upgrades required that Windows be restarted.

However, there is one tip that I learned when I accessed the CNET Web site that may help you. When using the TechTracker software, there is a ‘View My Software’ button that, when you click it, will take you to the CNET Web site. Once you are on the CNET site, you need to sign in with your email address and password in order to view which software needs updating on your system. For the free edition you need to manually update the software one at a time. However, if this is too time-consuming for you, CNET also offers a plus version for $19.99. With the purchase of the plus edition, you will have expanded features made available to you such as a feature to assist you in installing and uninstalling software as well as a feature that assists you in updating and downloading upgrades.

Overall, I believe that TechTracker is great software that will be a valuable asset to you in keeping your system updated with the latest software versions. To get your free version of TechTracker, go to: cnet.com/techtracker-free/.

Comments, as always, are welcome.