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:
    1.5.0.2
  • Total Downloads:
    396,583
  • Date Added:
    May 28, 2010
  • File Size:
    3.69MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    346
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

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

    3.8

    out of 34 votes

    • 5 star 11
    • 4 star 13
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 4
  • 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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4 stars

"The program does what it says it will do"

December 19, 2010  |  By putinsky

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.2

Pros

Not only does it advise when updates are needed it advised of what can be uninstalled. well worth using.

Cons

So far I have found nothing to complain about

Summary

download and use you will be suprized at the benefits of using.

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1 stars

"causes problems"

December 10, 2010  |  By redbad

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.2

Pros

it used to work okay

Cons

Every time I use Secunia it completely freezes my system the only way to get out of it is to manually reboot which is not exactly good for my harddisk. In short it has become completely useless software.

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5 stars

"Great updating tool"

December 08, 2010  |  By pauljschroeder

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.2

Pros

Does good job keeping my computer secure

Cons

No cons so far

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4 stars

"Add a feeling of comfort"

November 30, 2010  |  By Diluvium

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.2

Pros

It is just unobtrusively sitting there and doing its work.

Cons

Its apparent difficulties in dealing with Adobe Flash Player updates. It seems like Secunia itself is the culprit of detecting falls positives.

Summary

The way that whats and why's are explained adds to a feeling of comfort, in spite of fundamental distrust of free programs. And especially in spite of fundamental distrust of free programs that do not carry blatant advertising.
With regard to the Flash Player mess: if Secunia is able to pinpoint the precise culprits of the falls positives, why can't it provide a simple deletion mechanism instead of sending the user to wade through the system files? Wouldn't that be safer?

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3 stars

"Good software to have on your computer."

November 27, 2010  |  By cincycounselor1

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.2

Pros

The software gives me the ability to monitor possible security vulnerabilities that exsist on my computer that I would otherwise not have known about.

Cons

At times, I have difficulty downloading patches from the program. I also wonder why the program has told me Internet Explorer has multiple vulnerabilities, yet offers no solution to fix the problems.

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4 stars

"Continually searches for updates and patches"

November 17, 2010  |  By jdantrim511

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.2

Pros

automatic update of patched programs.

Cons

None so far

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5 stars

"useful product"

November 09, 2010  |  By DAW5P8VA

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.2

Pros

a vital piece of software for security purposes. It helps to keep you safe online.

Cons

I don't find anything bad to say about this product.

Summary

It's important to have software like this. Anything which adds extra protection is to be applauded.

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5 stars

"Performs scan fairly quickly. Easy to use."

November 08, 2010  |  By TC1957

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.2

Pros

Updates most patches automatically. Those requiring manual updates are shown at the top of the list. The link to the patch is right there.

Cons

I don't have much bad to say about it. I will say that on the manual patches, it could do a better job of giving recommendations, e.g. whether to first remove the old programs and then download the new version, or apply the patch.

Summary

I love this product. It is simple; I have not read the manual so far as it is so easy to use. Scans quickly, and the one click link to the vendor patch page is easy to see.
It's just easy to keep everything up to date with this FREE product.

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1 stars

"Messed up everything!"

October 19, 2010  |  By BethC

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.2

Pros

None- didn't work!

Cons

Locked me out of my machine

Summary

Don't use this if you are running XP

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5 stars

"now you see"

October 03, 2010  |  By lcryan

 |  Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 1.5.0.2

Pros

why I don't

Cons

like to do online ratings

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.5.0.2
Version 1.5.0.2 fixes various minor bug.
General
Publisher Secunia
Publisher web site http://secunia.com/
Release Date May 28, 2010
Date Added May 28, 2010
Version 1.5.0.2
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Monitoring Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista
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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