Update Your Software While You Sleep

TO RUN PROPERLY, PERSONAL computers, like cars, demand a bit of maintenance and a periodic tuneup. An increasingly confusing problem for PC owners is keeping up with the free updates, or "patches," that software makers issue for their programs. Even if you have painstakingly registered every program with the manufacturer, you can still miss an update because a software maker may not have the resources to send free fixes to everyone. CyberMedia Inc., a software maker in Santa Monica, Calif., says it has a way to help PC owners keep their software in top form by getting updates via the Internet.

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