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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:

    3.9 stars

    out of 28 votes

    • 5 star: 16
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Essential, easy to use security tool."

    June 24, 2009  |   By rgismondi

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.0.0.3

    Pros

    Thorough, fast, and assists in downloading and installing the updates.

    Cons

    No cons that I have found.

    Summary

    Well, my Secunia Software Inspector notified me of an update to its software. Secunia is a service that checks most software versions and alerts you if you have unpatched vulnerabilities, out-of-date applications, or other vulnerabilities. What makes it even more useful is that it assists you in obtaining updates, uninstalling obsolete items, and re-testing.

    Belarc Advisor is also very useful. It reveals software versions, and MS hot fixes, as well as hardware versions, and some testing of hardware. But, Secunia is more useful in discerning security vulnerabilities in software, and upgrading. So, each has its place.

    Secunia is available as an on-line scan, and you can sign-up for periodic alerts of software updates. A more comprehensive service is provided by installing a small Secunia application, which tests a wider range of software, and can do real-time monitoring of your system, if you desire. And there is a Corporate Edition, for commercial purposes. The two personal versions are at no charge.

    Secunia is one of my favorite applications. It has found important vulnerabilities, including plug-ins that did not uninstall during upgrades, leaving a hidden vulnerability. Five stars out of five.

    ~~Robert

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great way to keep all your Software Up-To_Date..."

    June 8, 2009  |   By Squiz999

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.0.0.3

    Pros

    Runs in the background with a minimum of fuss. Advises you once installed to update or replace all out-of-date software. Automatically Patches most & you may have to do some manual updating on a few others...

    Cons

    Occasionally gets hung up on a Windows Update or similar but it fixes itself in a day or two..

    Summary

    Love it, Next to Smart Defrag this is a must have program...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is a great program recomended it to all my friends"

    June 7, 2009  |   By OWALSTIB3

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.0.0.3

    Pros

    Checks your entire system and finds all of the needed updates and end of life programs, connects you to a direct link to download updates

    Cons

    I can't find any

    Summary

    I would highly recommend this program to everyone. I love to bar graph summary showing you for condition from checkup to checkup

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I could not get it to install"

    June 4, 2009  |   By cosmosenfold

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.0.0.3

    Pros

    never got a chance to find out

    Cons

    It would not install

    Summary

    had used an earlier version which i uninstalled because he kept giveing me solutions that did not work.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Outstanding in every respect"

    June 2, 2009  |   By ememkai

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.0.0.3

    Pros

    I have used this program for over a year now, and it keeps getting better. It is my favorite utility. Neat interface, user-friendly, and free. It even provides links that help you download updates to programs that have newer versions available.

    Cons

    Requires Flash, but does not tell you under system requirements.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It's definitely worth a try."

    May 28, 2009  |   By bwshook

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.0.0.3

    Pros

    Seems to be just what I was looking for to help me keep things updated, let me know what's obselete, and what's new and available.

    Cons

    I guess I'm still new to the program, and haven't gotten the hang of it yet. And I'm sure I registered the product; but I just went to their website and can't login. Maybe they don't know about me yet (but I received an email from them!). ???

    Summary

    If I can work out my relationship with Secunia, I'll be a happy man. I'm looking forwards to it! I hope they respond to my email for help.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Superb Software - Truly a Must have!"

    May 22, 2009  |   By collett_Steve

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.0.0.3

    Pros

    Does exactly what it says on the tin - scans for unpatched software on your PC AND sirects you to the patches - Awesome!

    Cons

    None at all.

    Summary

    Windows Update + Secunia = a very secure machine. An essential part of anyone`s security suite.

    Updated on May 22, 2009

    This is utter nonsense - Secunia is a highly reputable Security company what been around for nearly 10 years. Google them and find out for yourself.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "PROVIDES IMPORTANT INFORMATION."

    May 3, 2009  |   By ruzie02

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.0.0.3

    Pros

    Sometimes "Windows Problematic Behaviour" is simply caused by driver (version) problems. This program informs you about such causes.

    Cons

    Minor. 1. As mentioned by the author, a rerun is advisable after some updating, as suggested by the program, to reinitialize Secunia system information status. 2. On a two OS System, it is not clear which one is concerned in case of an advise.

    Summary

    The no nonsense information by this 'modest' program can make your computer operates more reliable and probably (much) smoother.

    Updated on May 3, 2009

    Cons in Simple Interface Mode

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Secunia gives the information I need, no more no less."

    April 30, 2009  |   By soeren42

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.0.0.3

    Pros

    It is so easy to get a quick view of possible problems and how to fix it. I feel like having a rescue boat all time within arms length.

    Cons

    Once there was problems with updating JAVA. Secunia could not see that I had fullfilled updating. But it could have been my fault.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Found security problems I was, and would be unaware of."

    April 12, 2009  |   By Dull_boy

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.0.0.3

    Pros

    This program runs in the background checking your new software downloads, as well as having a scan you can run, to determine if you have out of date software, and security risks associated with them . Easy to use, and light on resources.

    Cons

    none that I see.

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