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Secunia Personal Software Inspector

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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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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:

    2.5 stars

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Flags uninstalled apps, plus cheap adware con"

    January 28, 2013  |   By Alan Mintaka

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0

    Pros

    None - waste of time.

    Cons

    Flagged uninstalled programs as requiring updates. Flagged all installed programs as OK. In other words, useless. Also, installer made transparently misleading attempts to install two adware programs: InfoAtoms (browser add-on, inserts content-related ads while browsing), Strong Vault (online backup trial version). For each adware program, a popup says "Click 'Accept' to continue this installation". "Accept" button is bright green. "Decline" button is dark gray, "Close" button is lighter gray. Prompt and button visuals suggest that "Accept" must be pressed to continue installation of Secunia program. However if you click on grayed "Decline" button, installation of Secunia will still continue. It's a cheap, cheap con to install those adware programs.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A must-have!"

    January 14, 2013  |   By oskarius38

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0

    Pros

    Easy to handle

    Cons

    Scans thoroughly

    Summary

    One of my favorite's

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DON'T DOWNLOAD FROM CNET!"

    November 22, 2012  |   By harster

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0

    Pros

    Good program. Does what it's supposed to do with MANY programs that you might run.

    Cons

    It can be a bit slow and doesn't cover some of the programs I like to use. When I downloaded it from CNET, in spite of my instructing it not to, it made a third party search page (Claro Search), labeled as dangerous by my AV software, my home page in ALL my browsers. It took quite a while to undo most (but not all) of that damage. I let CNET know about this problem. MAYBE they will correct it.

    Summary

    From now on, I will download directly from the publisher's website, not CNET. Sorry CNET, ONE STRIKE AND YOU'RE OUT!

    Updated on Nov 22, 2012

    I forgot to mention - after that hassle, I downloaded Secunia PSI from the publisher and experienced no problems during or after installation.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "PSI 3.0 awful"

    October 27, 2012  |   By daposho

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0

    Pros

    none to recommend it

    Cons

    Old version 2.0 much better, keep it if you have it.

    Summary

    keep old version

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Great tool - needs improvements"

    October 17, 2012  |   By deltapez

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0

    Pros

    Reports outdated/vulnerable software

    Cons

    No custom install - Not interested in adding more clutter to my SSD drive

    Summary

    No custom install option to select drive

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  • 1.0 stars

    "version 3.0 is el stinko!"

    October 12, 2012  |   By zupansic

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0

    Pros

    there ARE no Pros in version 3.0

    Cons

    version 3.0 is for the simple-minded.

    Summary

    If you want the best, GET the best...the best in this case being version 2.0.0.4003
    fortunately, you can still get version 2.0.0.4003 at the following link: http://secunia.com/products/consumer/PSI/sys_req/

    Updated on Oct 20, 2012

    NOTE: the link is on the middle far right-hand side of the page.
    you can also download version 1 from the same page.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Wait until they fix it."

    September 30, 2012  |   By jbakerr

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0

    Pros

    It used to work.

    Cons

    It stopped working for me and for others I have heard.

    Summary

    Don't bother until they get their problems fixed. Just get by with cnet, filehippo, and windows updater until then.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Secunia PSI Updated to v3.0.0.4001"

    September 28, 2012  |   By AJ North

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0

    Pros

    The Secunia PSI remains a "must-have" utility for every Windows box. Version 3.0 is well-suited for those who desire a minimum of interaction with the maintenance of their computers, as well as the technically challenged.

    Cons

    Version 3.0 still offers insufficient advanced options compared to v2.0 for technicians and those who prefer to delve under the hood, as it were (see below).

    Summary

    Secunia have updated their PSI to v3.0.0.4001 (2012.09.28), described as a "minor maintenance release;" the changes listed are:

    - Support for Secunia CSI 6.x integration
    - Norwegian language support
    - Added option to select not to download updates automatically but only be notified about them and then decide which to download and install
    - Minor bug fixes

    Cumulative PSI changelogs (as well as download links for current and previous versions) are available at https://secunia.com/products/consumer/PSI/sys_req/.

    The Secunia PSI remains a "must-have" utility for every Windows box. Unfortunately, v3.0 continues to provide inadequate advanced options as compared to v2.0 (such as presenting scan results with detailed installation paths and folder links for detected components).

    Though the PSI v3.0 is well suited for those who desire a minimum of interaction for the maintenance of their rigs, as well as the technically challenged, v2.0 will remain the version of choice for everyone else. Fortunately, Secunia continue to make previous versions available.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great utility for updating programs."

    August 25, 2012  |   By trschoenborn

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0

    Pros

    It is quick and automatically updates most programs.

    Cons

    I some cases updates need to be manually assisted.

    Summary

    Great utility I will continueto use and recomment to others.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "New versions are Win8 or Apple g4y! Must get 1.5.0.2"

    August 24, 2012  |   By sjschillo

    Version: Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0

    Pros

    Still the only option for finding security flaws and updates from a trusted database.

    Cons

    You have to get the old version 1.5.0.2! The newer versions 2.0 and 3.0 are just pathetic and worthless. Good luck at trying to find it, even on hacker sites. They must know it's value and want to suppress it because it's so "amazing". Gotta love how companies make a great product and then kill it with "updates". The Advanced mode of the 1.5.0.2 is the only reason for using this product at all. Someone needs to get the computer magazines on this so they can ***** about it (guess that would only be MaximumPC or Consumer Reports, no one else has any balls). The new version isn't even fit for Grandma use!

    Summary

    Why don't they just make a Pro model and charge money for it?!

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