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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:

    4.1 stars

    out of 34 votes

    • 5 star: 18
    • 4 star: 11
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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Finds all the updates I need!"

    May 1, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "You need this one."

    April 9, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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