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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:

    4.2 stars

    out of 28 votes

    • 5 star: 13
    • 4 star: 11
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 5.0 stars

    "I really like this utility."

    January 12, 2011  |   By Capt.Daniel

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 2.0

    Pros

    This one automatically checks the operating system and all the installed programs for out of date or end of use or update needed.

    Cons

    I haven't really had anything that i would say as con.

    Summary

    If you hate to update your system or the different programs all the time, then this one will help you with it. Mine is set to scan Weds. as the MS does its thing Tuesday evening. I have had the Secunia find things from MS that did not make it to my computer.
    That same time i do all the other updating that Secunia finds. It tells you what is wrong and the fix for it. Fast and easy!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "How do you use it???"

    January 10, 2011  |   By MikeBrumberg

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 2.0

    Pros

    None that I know of.

    Cons

    Can't figure out what it does for me or why I ever downloaded it.

    Summary

    All it does it put something I don't understand in my System Tray. I think I get what I want from CNET TechTracker.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Seems Great But Not Sure How To Use"

    January 6, 2011  |   By ok4mi2

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 2.0

    Pros

    I like it because it seems to be authoritative and thorough but I cannot be certain about the usefulness of it. I need more time to evaluate it.

    Cons

    Not sure if there are any. It is most likely very good but I have not yet learned how to effectively use it.

    Summary

    It seems to be a solid program for its type.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Product works!"

    January 6, 2011  |   By gradylady

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 2.0

    Pros

    Product keeps me updated on changes to all my FREE software.

    Cons

    Program flags as "insecure" old versions of software that were not automatically uninstalled prior to the installation of the new version. Hence, am unable to get 100% score.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very good with making sure I am protected.."

    January 4, 2011  |   By Antlive

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 2.0

    Pros

    It keeps all my programs it monitors up to date.

    Cons

    Doesn't always monitor everything and it can be hard to update software sometimes..

    Summary

    Its a great program and would always have it on any of my computers

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The program is fast and reliable."

    January 2, 2011  |   By sjbraitman

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 2.0

    Pros

    It's free and works very well.

    Cons

    I wish it could be set to run automatically.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Stay with the previous version"

    January 1, 2011  |   By GERRY RAINS

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 2.0

    Pros

    It does its job although end-of-life programs don't seem to uninstall. That's not Secunia's fault.

    Cons

    If you want to use taskschd.msc in Windows 7, the newest version of PSI won't allow it to run. So I've gone back to its predecessor and everything is fine. For those of you who don't use taskschd.msc and use Windows 7 see the Windows 7 Forum?

    Summary

    I ran out of room. In the Windows 7 Forum you will find a post on creating shortcuts to programs that you trust and that previously were hassled by UAC. I have about twenty of those and it's great not to be hassled. For this you do need taskschd.msc. Too bad because PSI is a great program but I'll wait until they patch that little problem.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Reminds me of outdated software requiring updates."

    January 1, 2011  |   By rtlltr

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 2.0

    Pros

    Lets me know when software needs updating for security requirements.

    Cons

    None that I can find.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "This program watches my computer and advises updates"

    December 31, 2010  |   By PDMcD

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 2.0

    Pros

    I've been useing this for several years with no problem.

    Cons

    None that I know of.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Helps keep programs up to date"

    December 30, 2010  |   By fourniner

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 2.0

    Pros

    Easy enough to use and seems to just get on with its tasks

    Cons

    Tends to still pick up on uninstalled programs

    Summary

    Tends to still pick up on uninstalled programs, it would help if it either explained hoe to get rid of these old programs or better still, had a function to permanently felete them.

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