UpdateStar

updatestar.gif UpdateStar is a program that allows you to check your programs against a list on their database.
Compared with other applications of the same sort, this list is massive. Ginormous. Absolutely fantabuliriffic. And it’s freeware for Windows. This allows you to make sure that your system is up-to-date with the most recent applications instead of being out-dated and perhaps opening yourself up to some really nasty security holes.
If there’s any type of negative about this, when testing it I found that it chewed up a little bit more resources than I would have liked. Also, the interface crashed a couple times on Windows 2000. Nothing substantially wrong, and definitely the best looking one of them, but thought I’d point out a couple issues.