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How to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs using Secunia Personal Software Inspector Tuesday, December 18, 2012 5:07 AM This is a great download, and an awesome way to keep your PC update and secure.
One of the most important things a user can do to keep their computer secure is make sure they are using the latest security updates for Windows and their installed programs. Unfortunately, staying on top of these updates can be a time consuming and frustrating task when you have hundreds of programs installed on your computer. Thankfully, we have a utility called Secunia PSI, which is vital component for any Windows user’s toolkit.
Secunia PSI is a software monitoring utility that will periodically scan your computer’s applications and cross-check the installed version with a database at Secunia. If Secunia determines that this program has security vulnerabilities or a newer version exists, it will attempt to automatically update the program to the latest version for you without any user intervention. For those programs that need to be manually updated, Secunia will issue an alert and provide information and assistance on getting them updated.
It is important to stay on top of these updates, because a common method that hackers and malware use to gain access to computer is to exploit known vulnerabilities in programs that are commonly installed on a person’s computer. These vulnerabilities could allow a remote user or malware developer to install malware, keyloggers, and backdoors on your computer without your knowledge or permission. Some of the programs that are commonly exploited include Adobe Shockwave, Adobe Reader, Sun Java, Adobe Flash, and even Windows itself. Therefore it is crucial that everyone install security updates when they become available.
This tutorial will walk you through downloading, installing, and using Secunia PSI so that your computer can remain secure.
How to install and use the Secunia Personal Software Inspector
To install Secunia Personal Software Inspector, or Secunia PSI, you must first download the program from their web site. The program can be downloaded from the following page:
Secunia PSI Download Page = http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/secunia-psi/
Download the program and save it to your desktop. When it has finished downloading, double-click on the Secunia PSI icon that is shown below.