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We all had that familiar trip where the quests for manual PC software updates did no end with anything but a headache. At times even standard built-in Windows tools don't tend to help a lot, especially when users commonly disable auto-updates. Therefore, a robust solution from IObit can save a ton of time and excessive efforts. In this review, we'll cover the real capabilities of the IObit Software Updater 2 PRO. As of now, the latest version available is 22.214.171.12405, released on March 30, 2020.
IObit Software Updater does exactly what its name implies - it searches for updates to programs installed on a PC. It not only tells which programs are outdated, but can also update them automatically. There are two versions of the program: free IObit Software Updater and Pro for $12.97 per year (3 PCs). Free version has all the basic functions to keep applications up-to-date. In Pro one can set an automatic update schedule, remove sponsored ads, as well as get technical support 24/7 round the clock.
|Operating systems||Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP|
|Installation file size||11.4 MB|
|Disk space||300 Mb|
|Screen resolution||1024x768 or higher|
|Extra features||Backup, One-click update, Auto-update|
|Pricing||Free / Pro|
|License||$12.97 (1 year subscription, 3 PCs)|
To install the program, download the executable file from the official site, then run the installation procedure and follow the standard instructions. After a few seconds the application will start and the IObit Software Updater shortcut will appear on the desktop.
The interface is very simple, at the moment the application contains only two tabs - updates and recommended applications. The update tab displays all current programs, and when new updates are available, adds the Update button in the upper corner. Selective updates can be performed as well.
In addition, one can enable an automatic update so the program will perform the update procedure in the background mode on its own. If you want a particular program not to be updated and not be notified about it, there’s an option to add it to the ignore list.
There are four tabs in the settings: General, Update, Ignore List and Network. General – three options are active by default: 1) checking for updates when the operating system starts; 2) automatic restore point creation before installing a program; 3) automatic removal of previously downloaded files when updating. In this tab you can also select one of 34 interface languages and specify a path for the downloaded files.
Update – you can choose the update method: automatic (instantly as specific updates are released) or scheduled, though this relates to IObit itself. The same principle applies for third-party programs, however automatic option is only available in Pro version.
Ignore List – here you can state the programs that will be excluded from any further updates. Although, it is quite confusing to learn how to do it.
Network, or the possibility to set either a direct connection or through a proxy server. The function has been added in one of the latest versions, and its benefit is questionable.
For technical support, there’s a separate button. Online help is provided separately for paid and free versions. We’ve sent a request as a free version user and got a response the next day, whereas in Pro version it came in 1 hour, in contrast.
IObit Software Updater app works reliably and without lags. It consumes very few system resources and shows excellent results during performance testing. We’ve used a 4GB RAM laptop with Windows 7 x64, 2-core CPU, and here is a brief summary:
|One-click update||2 per day||Unlimited|
A straightforward app by IObit, with a very capable free version for Windows to use. lf you are bothered by ads, the price of Software Updater Pro is surprisingly appropriate, considering auto-updates in the background, and other perks. This program will be especially useful for you after reinstalling Windows. To save your time, it offers a list of applications to download in one place: browsers, messengers, antiviruses, image editors, etc. On the other hand, the list is not that large as it would be tough to incorporate all utilities by Google, Microsoft, Apple, let alone other vendors.