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July 11, 2020

Dealing with False Positive Updates in SUMo


Back in the old days I used driver updaters to keep Windows PC drivers current. Occasionally, I would find myself chasing (or installing) a driver that the tool insisted was available and viable to no good effect. I’m starting to understand that’s simply a side-effect of using a tool that’s driven by a database somewhere that defines its version of reality. If the database says the file is needed, the tool tells you it’s needed. Alas, though that assertion is almost always right, it is indeed sometimes wrong. I quit using driver updaters partly because of these false positives, but mostly because they too often lagged behind the true state of availability for device drivers released by device makers (or through incredible unofficial repositories like my favorite French website: Station Drivers).

SUMo Makes an Interesting Case in Point

While I don’t use driver updaters anymore, I do find continuing utility in using an application update tracker. I’ve got 60 applications installed on my production PC and keeping track of them individually is just too much darned work. Back in March I wrote a story here at Win10.Guru called “Spring-Clean Your PC in 3 Steps.” In that story I talk about (and recommend KC Softwares’ Software Update Monitor (SUMo) program, which turns out to be pretty good at finding and identifying software on Windows PCs in need of updating.

Pretty good is not, however, perfect. Just recently the program’s been flogging me to update an ASrock utility (works with my production PC’s Extreme7+ motherboard) called AsrRUEFI.exe. That small program boots the PC into the UEFI shell from inside Windows and occasionally comes in handy.

Right now, however, SUMo stubbornly insists that my current version of AsrRUEFI.exe, 1.0.5.0, is out of date, now supplanted by 1.0.7.0. My problem is that there’s no such version available on the Asrock website. All the other links I can find to grab that version from elsewhere (which makes me a little apprehensive, but I know how to deal with suspect sources) are in short supply and are dead ends.

Sometimes, You Must Walk Away

I’m usually willing to give update chasing about 15 minutes for any specific item. That means if I can’t find and download a purported update in no more than a quarter hour, I give up and walk away. This comes from hours wasted chasing phantom drivers when I still used driver update software. I’ve learned my lesson, and have better things to do with my time.

It still bugs me, though, that this false positive persists in SUMo. I’ve just submitted an issue report to KC Softwares, through their MantisBT (Bug Tracker) system. It will be interesting to see if this bears fruit of any kind. The best possible outcome would be that my false positive goes away (or who knows? They might send a working link for the 1.0.7.0 version). Stay tuned!

Author: Ed Tittel

Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran. He’s a Princeton and multiple University of Texas graduate who’s worked in IT since 1981 when he started his first programming job. Over the past three decades he’s also worked as a manager, technical evangelist, consultant, trainer, and an expert witness. See his professional bio for all the details.

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