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SUMo

SUMo stands for Software Update Monitor. Thanks to SUMo you'll be able to keep your PC up-to-date by using the most recent version of your favorite software !

Avg rating of 3.7 (6)| 7 comments

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SUMo Features

  1.  LightweightSUMo consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
  2.  PortableSUMo can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.

SUMo information

  • Developed byKC Softwares
  • LicensingProprietary and Freemium product.
  • PricingOne time purchase (perpetual license)
  • RatingAverage rating of 3.7
  • Alternatives32 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

Our users have written 7 comments and reviews about SUMo, and it has gotten 124 likes

SUMo was added to AlternativeTo by jiZer on and this page was last updated . SUMo is sometimes referred to as SUMo Lite.

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krzysiu
  
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I'm using SuMo since a long time. At first - de facto SuMo Lite is update checker, it's not update installer. "Installing update" means going to the author website, where application shows Google results for application name. Only full version can download updates. But even with only checking, it does its job very well and I think it's the best from its kind.

It's also kind of community based - if there's some mistake in software database, author in most cases fixes it quickly after report. That's very important in my opinion, because in such big database there's always some mistake. The problem is reporting system - you need to wrote mail to the author.

SuMo works well both as background application and when ran manually. That's good for me, as nowadays many apps want to be on all the time and they are hogging our resources - 30 MB RAM here, 50 MB there and we suddenly loose 2 GB of RAM on background apps. SuMo doesn't follow the schema of scaring users - you need to have 5 cleaners, 3 update checkers and 6 antiviruses all the time and you have to react instantly. No. You check updates when you want to check it, and if you need for some reason constant update checking, you can keep SuMo in tray. It's all your choice.

I'd say it's rather not for total newbies. Total newbie would know what to update from the often big list and also how one updates applications. I think it's best fitting for these who can decide by themselves - moderate and power users who knows purpose of installed applications and who knows if it's worth to update certain application or not.

My score in Polish Standard Scale:

  • 4 of 6 kielbasas (general)
  • 5 of 6 paczkis (in its class)
  • 6 of 6 wódkas (comparing to existing applications in its class)

Pros:

  • very good database
  • very lightweight - after checking updates, peak memory usage is 26 MB (with 350 checked applications; very short peak) and average/idle is about 5 MB (sic!)
  • supports checking both stable versions and unstable
  • also checks .exe libraries bundled with tools (e.g. exiftool)
  • ability to check version statistics which can be very helpful. E.g. if there's version 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 and 3.0, and 60% of users are still using 1.5, then probably update is not worth in some cases.
  • fast searching for new software, even in precise mode; moderate speed of checking updates
  • very clean design without any eye-candy - just pure data in the grid
  • a few methods of scanning software - I don't know exactly which, but I know it can check registry or just crawl file system and get embedded info from .exe files

Cons

  • Lite version only checks for updates, it doesn't install it
  • it even can't update itself and downloading new version have to be done carefully as author provides also installers with aware. It's not hidden, tho - author is sincere with that
  • ancient system of reporting mistakes in database - it opens mail client where you have to write with your words what's wrong
  • ignore lists tend to disappear
  • it blocks app when it's checking for updates, so we can't check results during progress
  • "critical update" is misleading - it just means "increment in major version number"
  • checking third party libraries can be misleading for novices, because not all libraries can be updated without damage to the application that uses it
  • some important for me applications aren't in the database, but they are rather popular with power users than average users - it doesn't recognize e.g. ffmpeg and ImageMagick, at least for me
  • total lack of product branches. E.g. there's 2.x branch, I've app v2.1 and there's v2.2 update, also there's 3.x branch. SuMo will keep telling us that 3.x is the newest, not 2.2.
  • sometimes it's reporting driver updates, which in my opinion should be removed from database, as SuMo is also lacking hardware tests and often newer version is just a version for different hardware

[Edited by krzysiu, May 08]

[Edited by krzysiu, May 08]

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yuriykaz
  
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I use a free version of this tool, and it does a complete scan of all installed software and show me which apps need to be updated. Being a free version, and not premium, I need to go to each software page and download the updates manually. But that's not a big issue for me, SUMo software updater does its job. Recommended.

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Guest
  
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Dozens of my programs are maked as outdated, but after manual check 90% are at the newest version. Update-download from the SuMo website failed "0 results found". SuMo finds new versions of software were the last developers update was 10 years ago.. not even the dev knows about this new version ;)

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filippogr
  
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Not bad the free version, however I found the full version licence for free on Shareware On Sale. SUMo application needs constant updates (sometimes more than one each month). After some upgrades my licence went lost. It wasn't usable anymore. I found it like a mockery! The advantage of this app is the monitoring of the apps which needs updates (there are mistakes sometimes, but you can report it to the dev).

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Akhilesh_T
  
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I've been relying on SUMo for software updates since many years. Nice design and easy to use.

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aleinthesky
  
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The software works well and its website hosts a really complete and updated database of applications. However, Kaspersky's antivirus forced me to remove SUMO because it was "incompatible" with the security suite, even though I had installed the Lite version of SUMO which should be adware-free.

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djreed09
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Download "SUMo Lite", to get only this app, with no extra software bundled in the installer.

I suggest adding separate alternativeTo entry for "SUMo Lite"? I am not sure if beneficial. What do the more experienced users think of that? Would that help, or not worth it? Would that allow safely having a listing that is not flagged, with name of the recommended download/item name/title?

Pay attention on the original creator/developer/publisher (KC Softwares) download site, they show several download options (bundles/packages) for the same item/product/title (with icons/images, see the icons legend for meaning).

The SUMo Lite option is only their software program, with no extra software bundled. (What we really want.)

The extra software is why this is flagged here as suspicious or potentially harmful. I would describe the extra software as potentially unwanted, basically adware or marketing software (which may acquire usage & statistics info too).

In addition to "Relevant Knowledge" (RK) adware, I think they also bundle extra software OpenCandy. If you get the "SUMo lite" download, you avoid extra/additional bundled software.

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Recommended with all modern day software installers - Always select & go through all the options, avoid just doing the default install (recommended, express, simple, etc.).
Install(er) options like custom, options, advanced, etc.

So you can see all the possible options, including any displayed extra software you want to not install (opt out, unselect, decline, etc.).

Pay attention to the displayed options, & decide what you want & do not want, & how you want the install to be done, & change settings/options as needed.

This may take more time, effort, evaluation, & decisions, yet I think it is worth it. So many software installers include extras that you may not want, taking the time to do this gives you maximum control over what is installed or now, & how. Some software installs extra software with no choice; however many do have options & choices, if you select the install options that show you all the possible options/choices.
I suggest a best practice in modern times is for everyone to go through all the options & choices, like an advanced user. Gone are the days where it is safe for a regular user to choose the default or simple install.
Plus you get a chance to see all the options for the software you are expecting, & see the provided options. You may want a change in how the install is done or the settings, by default.

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Much free software is compensated or gets income from the extra bundled software, when installed & especially when run or used. It can help support the cost of developing, maintaining, & distributing.

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krzysiu

Take note that older comments comes from times when there was only Sumo and Sumo NoRK. Sumo NoRK at first hadn't any adware and they they added some. Now Sumo Lite is that one which is fine.

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    I use a free version of this tool, and it does a complete scan of all installed software and show me which apps need to be updated. Being a free version, and not premium, I need to go to each software page and download the updates manually. But that's not a big issue for me, SUMo software updater does its job. Recommended.
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  • xyzerbxyzerb Downvoted a comment on SUMo
    Dozens of my programs are maked as outdated, but after manual check 90% are at the newest version. Update-download from the SuMo website failed "0 results found". SuMo finds new versions of software were the last developers update was 10 years ago.. not even the dev knows about this new version ;)
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