Secunia Personal Software Inspector

Secunia Personal Software Inspector

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 419 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.5.0.1
  • Total Downloads:
    396,583
  • Date Added:
    August 24, 2009
  • File Size:
    3.69MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    346
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista

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

    4.1

    out of 34 votes

    • 5 star 18
    • 4 star 11
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 3
  • 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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5 stars

"The Perfect PC "Protector""

May 30, 2010  |  By kostasgate7

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.1

Pros

It is fast in searching,easy to understand and use

Cons

non at all.

P.S. CNET,there is an update os Secunia PSI,the version is 1.5.02

Summary

Perfect program,easy to use and..keeps you safe.

I reckon this program.

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5 stars

"Won't be without it"

May 18, 2010  |  By Tried.It

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.1

Pros

Alerts me to programs that have patches available and provides links to the patches. This was the first programs I loaded on my new laptop. I consider it a must have.

Cons

None that I experienced.

Summary

The only issue I have had was not the fault of PSI but the patch itself. I downloaded the upgrade and installed it but PSI still said I needed the patch. I discovered that the upgrade did not deinstall the old version. After doing the deinstall and installing the new version, PSI indicated the program was patched and current.

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1 stars

"Recommends same program versions it reports as risks."

May 15, 2010  |  By Alan Mintaka

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.1

Pros

Nothing at all.

Cons

It reported a dozen or so programs as security risks. In every case, the solution it recommended was to download and install the same version of the program I was already running. Waste of time.

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5 stars

"Finds all the updates I need!"

May 01, 2010  |  By shortmantuff

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.1

Pros

Easy to use. Quickly finds out of date software and programs. Easy one-click downloads to new updates

Cons

Sometimes the one click download doesn't work. Adobe's one click download doesn't work, but that is Adobe's fault, not Secunia's.

Summary

Many vulnerabilities are found in old software. Secunia protects you from this and allows you to find the updates to keep you protected. 5/5!

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5 stars

"Keeps things up to date."

April 30, 2010  |  By gord8166

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.1

Pros

It does the job right.

Cons

none to speak of

Summary

you need this

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4 stars

"Works well"

April 23, 2010  |  By kroberge62

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.1

Pros

Easy to use. Found things that I was not aware of.

Cons

Kind of slow.

Summary

Good product

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5 stars

"Very good for securing your computer"

April 17, 2010  |  By starofale

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.1

Pros

Database contains a lot of software
Direct download links for most patches

Cons

Very long scan time ~30mins

Summary

Excellent piece of software for checking for security vulnerabilities in installed software.

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5 stars

"You need this one."

April 09, 2010  |  By kris13iam

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.1

Pros

It's free and let's you know where you need to patch to keep your computer safe.

Cons

While the majority of the applications are easy to apply, a few are for the more advanced computer user (see the Advanced option).

Summary

No protection package is complete without Secunia. It scans quickly without hogging resources, and lets you know where you need to patch. Did I mention it's free?

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5 stars

"Great program"

March 31, 2010  |  By tallguy180

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.1

Pros

Keeps getting better.

Cons

I have no complaints.

Summary

I use this on all my Windows machine.

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5 stars

"An Essential Application for Every Windows Computer"

March 27, 2010  |  By AJ North

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.1

Pros

The PSI keeps track of a myriad of security-related software issues frequently overlooked. A tiny download with a small footprint, minimal system impact and straightforward assistance to fix the problems detected, this is a must-have application.

Cons

None. (Some have quibbled over the fact that the PSI's detection of applications in need of updating isn't global, but that was never the intention of this tool from its very inception.)

Summary

The Secunia PSI is invaluable in helping to keep a Windows-based rig fully patched, whether alerting to updates from the Burning Bush in Redmond or to Adobe Flash Player, the Java RTE , various media players - and virtually any other application which has a pending update to patch a security hole. It also provides a security rating for applications that provide known paths of infection, such as browsers, Java and flash (and other media) players.

The bottom line: this free, small and lightweight application is an essential security addition to every Windows-based rig.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.5.0.1
Version 1.5.0.1 includes new languages.
General
Publisher Secunia
Publisher web site http://secunia.com/
Release Date August 24, 2009
Date Added August 24, 2009
Version 1.5.0.1
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Monitoring Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.69MB
File Name PSISetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 396,583
Downloads Last Week 346
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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