Secunia Personal Software Inspector

Secunia Personal Software Inspector

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 419 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0.0.9015
  • Total Downloads:
    397,190
  • Date Added:
    November 18, 2013
  • File Size:
    3.69MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    478
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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Secunia Personal Software Inspector is a convenient app designed to help you keep all of the programs on your computer up to date. You can set it to complete automatic updates, or you can have the program notify you when updates are available and then install them manually. No matter how you choose to use Secunia PSI, you'll enjoy the smooth functioning of a full suite of updated programs all the time.

Pros

Scans and updates: Once you have it set up, this app scans your computer on a regular basis to determine if there are any updates available for any of your programs. If you opt for Automatic Updates, the app will automatically install any updates it finds. You can also choose to have Secunia download updates but wait for you to install them manually, or you can just receive notifications when updates are available and take care of the rest yourself.

View options: There are two ways to view the programs on your computer through this app. In the Basic view, all you'll see are program icons with a mark to show whether they're up to date or not. If you'd like some more information, you can opt for the detailed view, which includes data like the program version number, whether or not it's a secure version, and how critical it is, as well as its update status.

Cons

Freezing and loading issues: We did encounter some issues with the program freezing during scans while we were testing. It's also somewhat slow to load, and it did fail to load correctly once during our tests.

Bottom Line

Secunia Personal Software Inspector is a handy tool to have around. While it can have some issues loading, restarting generally resolves them. It's also completely free to download and use, so there's no harm in trying it out to see if it's a good fit for you.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.3

    out of 12 votes

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    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 5
  • All Versions

    3.8

    out of 419 votes

    • 5 star 167
    • 4 star 137
    • 3 star 34
    • 2 star 23
    • 1 star 58
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1 stars

"Download contained a Trojan"

June 08, 2014  |  By philipfm

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0.0.9015

Pros

none. Antivirus blocked it from opening

Cons

My antivirus (Vipre) blocked the file from opening saying it contained a trojan. Couldn't remove it with add remove programs, it locked it up and it disappeared. Deleted it using Vipre's secure file eraser.

Summary

After a restart I was able to get add remove programs back.

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1 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 stars

"Great concept, poorly executed"

March 04, 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 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 stars

"One of the many software needs!"

February 04, 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 stars

"It Has Problems"

February 01, 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 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Secunia
Publisher web site http://secunia.com/
Release Date November 18, 2013
Date Added November 18, 2013
Version 3.0.0.9015
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Monitoring Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.69MB
File Name PSISetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 397,190
Downloads Last Week 478
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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