Secunia Personal Software Inspector

Secunia Personal Software Inspector

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 422 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1
  • Total Downloads:
    413,828
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 24, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    5.24MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    257
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.6

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star 7
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 3
  • All Versions

    3.8

    out of 422 votes

    • 5 star 168
    • 4 star 137
    • 3 star 35
    • 2 star 23
    • 1 star 59
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1 stars

"Do not use!"

September 02, 2009  |  By dominatrixx

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1

Pros

Only if you love handing your hard earned cash over to companies that release bugs and bad code would this biased app be suitable for you, otherwise avoid like the plague!

Cons

Removes 'all' trojans.

Summary

@melachupan

;) Thanks for the heads up!

@Everyone.
Warning: If you want your 'trojans', then do not download or run this very sneaky restricted 'arbitrary code'. It would be nice to actually have the choice whether or not a 'trojan' really is a 'trojan'.

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5 stars

"Great security tool."

December 19, 2008  |  By Zane77

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1

Pros

It does a vulnerabilty scan for insecure missing windows updates, i Tunes, and all other installed programs.
Then it provides links to update windows, and all other installed programs that are old and out of date so they can be updated.

Cons

Scan time is slow.

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3 stars

"Told me that Vista was a security risk to Vista :D"

December 19, 2008  |  By DeclinedDoomed

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1

Pros

+Good concept.
+I laughed when Vista came up as a major security risk.

Cons

-After an update of Vista and refreshing the program, it still told me that Vista was a major security risk.
-Didn't show any other programs, even though there were programs I knew I needed to update.

Summary

It was funny at first, but my computer's security isn't something I joke about.

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4 stars

"Great,works as advertised"

December 19, 2008  |  By micky ani

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1

Pros

scans all products installed,rates them, and provides a link to correct any problems, did not see the trojan that has been mentioned by other users

Cons

I don't see why it has to autostart with windows and could include a lot more products. Plus a better explanation of the color coded security bar is necessary and corrective measures to take.

Summary

As of today I enjoy the product.Secunia PSI , the features are adequate and focused.the engine could be a little bit faster in scanning .

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1 stars

"NOneed for a trojan in this file."

December 15, 2008  |  By melachupan

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1

Pros

a very interesting program though

Cons

once you see the trojan warning coming up, everything is gone.

Summary

Unfairware

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5 stars

"Great! Lets you know what is outdated/needs fixing"

December 14, 2008  |  By dragon789wv

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1

Pros

I don't always download every fix as soon as it is available, preferring to wait a bit, but then sometimes I forget to update it later. Product keeps me informed, spots Trojans. I run once a week in "Advanced" mode to see software affected.

Cons

After updating as needed, PSI doesn't immediately register it, so another scan is required - which is no big deal, and probably should be done anyway to ensure everything was done properly.

Summary

I would highly recommend this product, run it once a week or so, see what software requires attention, and you can click on the click to update accordingly. Great product!

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5 stars

"Why didn't anyone think of this earlier?"

December 03, 2008  |  By ausdude159

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1

Pros

A no-fuss way of scanning your computer for out-of-date and insecure software. The monitoring is automatic and instructions to resolve security holes are provided.

Cons

Difficult to prevent the program starting with Windows (must be done through msconfig).

Summary

This is a valuable tool, particularly for those who aren't tech-savvy. It reminds people of the need to keep their software up-to-date.

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5 stars

"Works Great"

December 03, 2008  |  By chettyharish

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1

Pros

It works as said

Cons

Needs to add more and more softwares

Summary

btw all those who said that it was Trojan.Pakes!sd6 are wrong its a false positive!

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4 stars

"Easy download, easy to use, did come up with trojan"

November 26, 2008  |  By phildema

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1

Pros

Easy install. The advance function is not very advanced at all. Found 5 items, 3 of which were leftover files from unistalled components; provided me exact location to delete files, or provided me a range of fixes including links to download sites.

Cons

The trojan warning came up (Trojan.Pakes!sd6 ) immediately upon installation. This was detected by PCTools Spyware Doctor only, but was blocked without any incident.

Summary

I did not do a lot of study on this product, but as best as I can tell, this is a new personal version created from an older business application. The engine looked at all my executable files/programs, showed the problem areas, recommended a range of fixes, and cleared the errors as each item was repaired. What I liked most was the ability to go to the exact file location and delete remnant items. I did find I was one update old on Java, but the fix for this was to uninstall the old version and install the new (quirk of Java). Although PC Tools did detect a trojan at the start of installation, I am not positive this is a true trojan. I have had similar experience with other programs that require dialog with a home server. In any event, I am satisfied with the overall performance.

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5 stars

"Great service, I use their website."

November 26, 2008  |  By brewster1

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1

Pros

By visiting their website and running a scan it flags important security updates I missed.

Cons

none if you just visit their website....

Summary

I visit their website frequently and like it's user ease and efficiency. but can someone tell me why I need to download this program when I can just check my computer but visiting their site?

Thanks.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1
Version 1 includes unspecified updates, enhancements, and bug fixes.
General
Publisher Secunia
Publisher web site http://secunia.com/
Release Date November 24, 2008
Date Added November 24, 2008
Version 1
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Monitoring Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
Download Information
File Size 5.24MB
File Name PSISetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 413,828
Downloads Last Week 257
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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