Free Security software helps protect your Windows Computer

Secunia, a European firm specializing in IT security, announced today the release of the Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) 2.0. PSI, which is free for home use, is a user friendly security tool which helps homeowners identify and resolve security problems on their Windows PC.

Digital Home has written about this great program in the past and recommends it to all of our readers. PSI does not replace the need for an anti-virus program or firewall on your Windows computer rather its recommended because it adds an extra layer of protection.

Once PSI is installed, the programs patch scanning technology identifies insecure 3rd-party programs and plug-ins, such as Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader, Sun Java, Skype and Firefox, then downloads the required patches from vendors and installs them in order to remove any vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities are typically what hackers use to get around your anti-virus program or Windows firewall.

The company says that if a security update exists for a program on your computer, Secunia’s new Auto Update feature can automatically install the patch thereby dramatically reducing the likelihood of your computer being compromised by a known security vulnerability.

Download page from the Secunia website

Secunia says the final release of its V2.0 software follows a successful Beta test of over 90,000 users, which revealed highly interesting findings that the company says supports the need for auto-updating. During the Beta test, the software automatically installed critical security updates to approximately 37% of Adobe Flash Player users, 47% of Sun Java users and 24% of Adobe Reader users.

Discuss Secunia PSI 2.0 and other ways to keep your Windows Computer protected in Digital Home’s Windows Computing forum.

Comments

6 Responses to “Free Security software helps protect your Windows Computer”
  1. Joe says:

    Can you confirm that this isn’t a sponsored post? I’m not accusing you or anything but the post does sound a little ‘markety’ and it would be great if you mentioned if this is unsolicited.

  2. Rex says:

    It’s free and its a great program. How can you get kickbacks on a free piece of software?

  3. Paul says:

    It’s not very well publicized however the giant we love to hate has a very highly FREE AV package called Microsoft Security Essentials. It is very powerful and rates as high or higher than Norton or McAfee. What I like is it’s not constantly in your face with warnings requiring decisions. It just deals with it – and very well I might add. I have used it for 3 years now and very impressed.

    Just Google Microsoft Security Essentials for more info

    Paul

  4. DigitalDude says:

    Sounds like they are really different products.
    I’ve dumped all the major players and their bloated crap.
    I find VIPRE has a VERY light footprint and works great.
    Even plays nicely with MSE, just as a 2 stage defense.

    Free is great, but can be done by paying attention and allowing most apps to check for updates anyways.

  5. GC says:

    This isn’t anti-virus or malware protection. It’s difficult to call this security software at all. What it does is check the version number of the popular software you are running and if a newer, more secure version is available it downloads and installs it for you. Something most software like Adobe Flash Player, Reader, Firefox, Chrome, and others do on their own anyway.

    I guess it’s handy for people who don’t know how to check for updates for their software and I’m sure there are some software that don’t check for updates on their own so this could be good in those situations.

  6. Ron spins says:

    This is perfect for the “lazy ignorant” know it all’s who think all you have to do is
    keep your anti-virus updated.

    Also everyone would be amazed that people have multiple versions of java
    installed on a windows computer.