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Secunia Personal Software Inspector

CNET Editors' review

Not only does Secunia Personal Software Inspector provide extensive details on the software installed on your computer, it also gives you direct links to update programs that are older and potentially not secure.

The interface mixes professional layout with a text-heavy, spartan design. At the top right of the program window, users can choose a Simple or Advanced layout. Under Simple, Secunia provides basic information about the installed program statuses, with a chart to gauge their security over time and a simplified listing of any errors. Clicking on an error leads you through the proprietary Easy-to-Patch program update process, which automatically excludes more challenging updates. The Advanced layout tab exposes more details and more updates. It also checks your Microsoft XML, your Adobe Flash player installation, and others programs, looking for mission-critical holes and their respective updates. Installed programs get flagged as Patched, End-of-Life, and Insecure, with the most recent reported threat noted with a colored bar and a mouse-over label on the right column.

Scanning can be slow, and occasionally the scan restarted for a second round automatically after completing its first pass. However, the update process was seamless, and once you update a program, it moves into the Patched list after about 5 minutes, because Secunia defaults to run in the background. The End-of-Life tab offers up a toolbox with quick access to Add/Remove Programs, the listed software's folder, and online references. Secunia's plain language for instructions and explanations enhances the already robust update package, making this a highly-recommended freeware.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.8 stars

    out of 419 votes

    • 5 star: 167
    • 4 star: 137
    • 3 star: 34
    • 2 star: 23
    • 1 star: 57
  • Current version:

    2.5 stars

    out of 11 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Hangs while loading"

    March 16, 2014  |   By djemkitso

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0.0.9015

    Pros

    On the occasions when it doesn't hang, this is a wonderful application, telling me exactly what apps (out of a total of 138 on my system) need updating. Automatic updating of some apps (e.g. Adobe Flash) doesn't work

    Cons

    Hangs while loading, then after about an hour tells me a script is busy. I kill the script and restart PSI, only for it to once again hang during loading. I've tried all the suggestions posted to various forums, from configuring internet security to reinstalling, and nothing helps.

    Summary

    Startup hangs make this application worse than useless 99% of the time.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Great concept, poorly executed"

    March 4, 2014  |   By davidsf11

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0.0.9015

    Pros

    This software is great in concept. Who wouldn't love a program that alerted you when software was not up to date.

    Cons

    The problem is it often fails to load and doesn't accomplish anything other than waste your time. And for some programs, it doesn't really update the software without the same amount of attention you would give if you updated the program individually.

    It also lists a number of programs like Google Chrome that update themselves - I don't see the point of PSI including it on the list.

    Summary

    It's a real close question whether this software is worth the time and hassle.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Nothing but problems"

    February 20, 2014  |   By iam1butterfly

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0.0.9015

    Pros

    zero, nada, zilch

    Cons

    Beware, downloading this program form this site gave nothing but problems... PUPS, Conduit, unwanted installations and other malware issues.

    Summary

    I had to uninstall via the control panel's uninstall programs feature. Then, I had to use Revo Uninstaller Pro to remove those unwanted installations that wouldn't uninstall from the control panel.

    Then, I had to run scans with CCleaner, Super Anti-Spyware, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and anti-virus (Kaspersky).

    Then, I had to go into each browser's Manager and delete the Conduit Search to remove it from the toolbar.

    Avoid problems... do not install this program. I used to trust CNET as a reliable source for safe and secure downloads; I don't anymore!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "One of the many software needs!"

    February 4, 2014  |   By Dewain Willmore

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0.0.9015

    Pros

    A must to keep all your software up to date. Which helps your computer running well!

    Cons

    None so far!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It Has Problems"

    February 1, 2014  |   By BearPuppy

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0.0.9015

    Pros

    The concept is wonderful: an app that evaluates installed software looking for security holes.

    Cons

    The problem: it doesn't always recognize installed patches, updates, etc. It seems to take a long time updating some of the patches it finds, for example Flash Player. This process can be terminated, but that doesn't update your software either.

    Summary

    Bottom line, when it works its great, but it doesn't always work as fluidly as that.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Disappointed it won't load"

    November 30, 2013  |   By gpbritus

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0.0.9015

    Pros

    None if it won't run

    Cons

    This is not Obamacare. Introduce products that work and have been properly tested!

    Slows my windows 32 system down massively due to long running scripts. Latest version will NOT load.

    Summary

    Extremely disappointing effort from a product I think is in principle rfeally good, but isn't worth diddly if it won't load. I have gone back to version 2....version 3 has NEVER worked consistently for me.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Misses some software and very slow to scan"

    November 29, 2013  |   By philphil61

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0.0.9015

    Pros

    Scans pc and provides info about updates to os and other software

    Cons

    Very slow and often suffers from locking up/freezing - although this is a newer version

    Summary

    I use this with other free software (CNet's Download App and FileHippos Updater) because I like to keep all my software up to date where possible but they all miss different updates that another will catch. I did once have access to Sumo (paid product) which seemed to pick up more (combined) that the free ones miss - sad that I need 3 to do one job

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Terrific tracking and update program."

    November 29, 2013  |   By bilbun

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0.0.9015

    Pros

    Automatically catches installed programs that need to be updated and displays the versions involved. The task bar icon changes color when any programs are out dated.

    Cons

    Very slow to boot up when clicked to open.

    Summary

    Wouldn't be without this nifty program.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "ABSOLUTELY luv it"

    November 21, 2013  |   By Glenn51

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0.0.9015

    Pros

    Keeps me up to date program wise! I've been using it, the free version for years, at least 4 and wouldn't be without it. PERIOD! Every once in a while it's a little (?) quirky BUT I'll put up with the quirks to know my programs ARE up to date!
    Oh and contrary to another persons rating,IT DOES IN FACT WORK WITH IE 11, they might want to try and re-install it. I currently have IE 11! NO PROBLEMS!

    Cons

    Sometimes(?) a little quirky.

    Summary

    LOVE it and have been a long time user. I would NOT be without it. Best of all, I'm using the free version, IT'S FREE! What more can one ask for??

    Updated on Nov 21, 2013

    When I typed this it was on a WIN 7 box. After submitting my review, I went to the wife's 'puter and checked to see if it was running on hers. She has WIN 8.1 much to my dismay, got her a new one and was stuck with 8. IT DOES IN FACT FUNCTION ON 8.1!!

    Updated on Nov 21, 2013

    When I typed this it was on a WIN 7 box. After submitting my review, I went to the wife's 'puter and checked to see if it was running on hers. She has WIN 8.1 much to my dismay, got her a new one and was stuck with 8. IT DOES IN FACT FUNCTION ON 8.1!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "won't run if you have IE 11 installed"

    November 19, 2013  |   By techpunk

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0.0.9015

    Pros

    None. I can't even get it to load.

    Cons

    The program won't even run with IE 11 installed.

    Summary

    On their forums said the next update with a fix would come December 2013.

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