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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 ! Unlike build-in auto update features, SUMo tells you if updates are available before you need to use your software.
Automatic detection of installed software
Detects required updates / patchs for your software
Filter / authorize Beta versions (user setting)
Ignore list : only tracks software YOU want to track
More compatibility and less false positive than others Update Monitors (according to users feedback ;-)
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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:
[Edited by krzysiu, May 08]
[Edited by krzysiu, May 08]
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the best Software Updater that I have used.
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.
Main version of SUMo packs Adware, so install the "SUMo Lite" version instead. It's Adware free and works great.
To clarify, I elected NOT to install the RK stuff. It did anyway. Then it started trying to hijack my browser settings. I ended up having to manually remove registry entires to get rid of it once and for all. It really gets it's hooks into your system. NOT the type of software any reputable developer's application should be keeping company with under any circumstances. And it's silly to blame the user and say 'oh well you can just download the version WITHOUT malware if you want to'. They shouldn't be bundling nasties with their product anyway!
...need RK? What would you NEED malware for? I'm extremely disappointed to see the malware included with SUMo lately. Prior to this, I was a big fan. Lately I use FileHippo for the few programs it checks on updates for and manually check for everything else. Kind of a pain, but better than malware.
If you don't need RK, you can download the standalone (zip) version or sumo_lite.
Used to be a nice piece of software before they bundled it with malware from Relevant Knowledge