Secunia Personal Software Inspector 3.0 Final released

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 28, 2012
Updated • May 29, 2016
Security, Windows software

Secunia released a first public beta version of  Personal Software Inspector (PSI) 3.0 back in February.

The beta version offered a new minimal user interface that we found to be most appealing to inexperienced computer users, as it was lacking in terms of information that it provided.

Existing PSI users on the other hand may have noticed then that Secunia cut down on the information the program did provide its users with in previous versions. Features the company removed included threat ratings, detailed version and program information, as well as links to advisories and other related information.

Secunia PSI 3.0

Secunia PSI 3.0 final is now available on the official project website. It is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows XP SP3 or newer operating systems. Administrative privileges are required to install and run the program.

When you start the program for the first time you notice that the interface does not seem to have changed at all since the beta version of the application was released in February. All you can do is click on the scan button to have the program scan your system for software installations.

The program versions are then compared with an online database to identify programs that need updating. A system score is generated and displayed based on the update level of the system and its programs.

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All programs that require updating are displayed on the top, and depending on those, you may see an installation dialog right away triggered by PSI, or are asked to pick an interface language first before installation commences.

Programs that have not been identified by Secunia right away can be added manually via the add program link. Before you can do that, you may need to add the Secunia website to the list of trusted sites in Internet Explorer (which is used by the program).

If you do not want updates to be installed automatically, you need to disable the preference under Settings > install updates automatically. It would obviously have been better if users were asked on first start whether they wanted to make use of the feature. The preference can be changed before the system is scanned but users need to know about it to do so.

Update: The latest version of Secunia Personal Software Inspector displays a prompt during installation that you can use to define the default update behavior in.

You can add or remove drives that you want the program to scan under Settings as well. By default, only the main drive will be scanned by Secunia PSI.

The only remaining feature is a list of previously installed updates under History. Well, only remaining is not entirely correct, as you can also use the share to Twitter or Facebook feature, or sign-up for the Secunia community.

Closing Words

Part of the program has been dumbed down, which I personally do not like at all. The idea was probably to make the program easier to use. All it basically takes is to click on a button to have Secunia scan the system and install programs automatically in most cases, but the removal of features makes it less desirable than before.

It is still a useful program to run regularly to make sure your software is up to date.

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  1. Ken Saunders said on July 8, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I had tried Secunia in the past and didn’t care for it.
    I’ve been using FileHippo’s Update Checker (portable version) for a while now and like it a lot.

    Any updates on your plans to start a download site of your own?

  2. Chris said on July 1, 2012 at 4:07 am

    Eventually someone will ask, allow me to provide the solution now :)

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on July 1, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Makes me wonder how long they are going to support that version. Thanks for posting the link.

  3. pd said on June 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    s/dumped down/dumbed down/g

  4. henry said on June 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

    v3 is a retrograde step for anyone who has used v2. Installed, then removed very quickly. Terrible “upgrade”.

  5. tinwheeler said on June 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Tom, When you open Secunia, Show Programs & right click the program you want to ignore or show the file. There is a check box for each. I agree that 2.0 was better. I hope Secunia reads some of the comments & fixes the next version.

    1. Tom said on June 29, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks, this is good news! The ignore function is the much needed of the ones I listed above. The rest are just for convenience.
      The 2.0 GUI is clumsy in its own and certainly not for the average user. The revamped GUI in 3.0 would not be necessarily bad if the old options are still available in some way.

  6. Tom said on June 29, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Well this is really embarassing. Features like ignore program, show file location and open Secunia vulnerability page will be greatly missed.
    Martin, it’s high time to look up and collect the alternatives in a new post. At least before 2.0 will refuse to run/update…
    2.0 must still be available in the freeware download hosting sites so it can be used for some more time I guess.

  7. ilev said on June 28, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I use Secunia OSI, less bloat installed.

  8. David said on June 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I also dislike that the app has been dumped down so much. I will continue using 2.0 until it not longer works.

  9. Jonathan said on June 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    The link you provided brings up a 404 not found. The link should be

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on June 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      Corrected, thanks.

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