Some programs (like antivirus, Flash, Adobe Reader, Java) run an automatic check via the Windows scheduler, even if you don't use them, but just turn on the PC.
Some Microsoft programs (like Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge and MS Office) are updated (if necessary) automatically once a month via Windows Update.
Other programs (like Firefox, Ultrasearch, TreeSize, Notepad++) if you run them. No need to it earlier, since they aren't run.
Other programs never check themselves, but are included in the version check I can run in the antivirus Avast. I have no fixed schedule to do that, maybe a few times a year, and even then I don't always update if they are on the list (for example iTunes, because the old version still works fine with an old iPad).
Then I have some free programs (giveaways) that don't include updates in the giveaway version. But, for example, the giveaway version of XYPlorer I installed in 2012 still runs fine, even on other machines, and so does the still older version of Powerdesk.
And there are programs that are so old, that they aren't updated anymore (like MS Access 2003 or Fritz 7). No problem. They do what I want to do with them.
And I might have programs that are just freeware and I just use as they are, or don't use at all anymore although they are installed for, well, you never know, and I never update either.
Doing what you say you're doing (check each day) seems totally unneccessary.
For years, on a daily basis, I have gone to the major geeks website to check if there were any updates to the programs that I have on my PC. Maybe didn’t really need to do this, but that’s what I do. It’s not that I want the next best thing, as the programs seem to work just fine, as we have been led to believe that there are always “fixes” that need to be done, to these programs. I have a few that have never been ‘updated’ and they work just fine.
Anyway, I decided to try one of these ‘auto’ updater’s, ‘Patch My PC’, and it messed up my PC, just a little, which I was able to quickly fix. Of course I don’t want a program that’s going to mess up my PC, so I uninstalled it. Point being is it worthwhile to keep ‘updating’ like I’m doing or this there a better way.
I should note that some programs, like Firefox and Thunderbird, do automatic updates as a matter of routine. So there is that.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions