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Windiz Update - the Firefox alternative to Windows Update

review from ClifNotes, Updated Sep 2008, Feb 2007 • permalinkOperating SystemWeb Service



The Windiz Update no longer works. Sorry ...


Back in August, I remember reading that Microsoft will be giving you updates even if you don't want them. See this Windows Secrets article. In the article they discuss how to turn off the Windows Update feature. So what should you do to get updated?


Do you want to avoid ActiveX, Windows Genuine Advantage or Silent Updates?

It used to be very difficult to avoid these if you wanted to keep your Windows system up to date with the latest patches from Microsoft. I can always visit Windiz Update website and let them scan my PC for security fixes.


Windiz Update will not work for Internet Explorer and may not work using Opera 5 or Netscape 4. It works great with Firefox and other Mozilla based browsers.


You must install a Firefox extension to use it. I recently had a problem because they haven't updated the extension (addon) to the latest Firefox version. I went to Mozilla and got the latest Windiz Update addon and forced it to install with my nightly tester addon.


It appears to work, but I didn't need any updates and that's just what it reported to me.


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Quote from the website

Good reasons to use WindizUpdate

  • No personally identifiable information is collected from your computer.
  • No more unwanted spyware -- Microsoft Internet Explorer can finally be removed from your computer (if that were possible).
  • It lists just the updates you need. If an update has been superseded by a newer one, it will not ask you to install the older one.
  • Using enhanced data from MBSA, WindizUpdate will find more security patches needed for your O/S than the "other" website.
  • If there is a security issue with a component that is not yet installed, it will not ask you to update it. For example, if you have not installed hyperterminal, it will not update it.
  • It is not restricted to just Microsoft products. Software from other vendors can also be updated.
  • Upgrading to the latest version of Internet Explorer is not considered a Critical Update!
  • Works on Windows versions no longer supported by Microsoft -- Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 95
  • Our plugin is not an ActiveX control.
  • Integrated download manager with error detection -- you can cancel downloads at any time, and the next time you wish to install the cancelled update, it will continue from where it left off. Only corrupted sections of the file are redownloaded.