Secunia Software Inspector
The Secunia Software
Inspector is a free online PC Check that tells
you what software on your PC has a Security Vulnerability. A Security
Vulnerability is a bug in a program whereby your PC is left open
to attack from remote locations, by visiting certain web sites,
via email and many other methods.
Hackers can gain control of your PC by using your software bugs
to install their own remote control software and use your PC to
send out Spam, host web sites, log all your passwords, bank and
credit card details or attack other computers.
in your programs and how they can help install Rootkit's for
more information on how programs get bugs and how these bugs are
used to install Rootkit's that can hide keyloggers and remote control
So to start checking your PC. Read more below and the click on
the Secunia Software Inspector button.
After clicking the button you will be brought to the Secunia Web
site where you will see a Start Now button.
Click once on Start Now and follow the instructions on the screen.
Here are a few screen shots from a scan we recently done on a fairly
well updated PC....you will be surprised what can be found!
Below ( Figure 1) you will see that after a thorough scan of the
hard drive it has found programs with a status of X = Bad. I ticked
the option to scan the whole computer ( Enable thorough system inspection)
just in case someone installed say, Adobe Reader, in a location
other than the default location as prompted during the setup. This
type of thorough scan can take longer than the normal scan but worth
As you can see there are many programs that are not up to date
and are security holes waiting to be exploited.
Figure 2 shows what happens when you expand any of the items that
are outdated. We can see that Adobe Reader 188.8.131.525 is out of
date and a potential security problem. Instructions on how to correct
the problem and get updates are also available.
Keep Safe, Get Updated.