The problem with various update programs I have used has been that they either alarm for nothing, or leave crying "Wolf!" when it would be needed. Or, then you have to go deep water fishing for those updates... The updates aren't easily found, making one wonder "Why don't I go to the pages of manufacturers and makers myself?"
I was highly skeptic when I tried Secunia PSI, but it certainly surprised me, and did it in a good, good way.
1. No false alarms, really.
2. The interface is extremely clear, nothing unnecessary, nothing needed is left out - at least for a layman.
3. Updates were found immediately, and it even gave me Microsoft security updates in .NET Framework, ones MS never offered.
3. Whilst looking for updates, the program followed all the way and, like an Adobe update turned finally out to be unnecessary, it knew it before I did. It seemed to pick up the info from Adobe page faster than I could "Google Chrome will automatically update this..." So the urge disappeared from the list before I could say "Coffee".
If I ever recommended something, this may be the BINGO!
I just used Secunia on my Windows 7 X64, and I had posted a while back on this app and it has gotten better even since then. It found all old software, ran through, showed me what needed updating.
For most of my programs I use all the time, updating is not an issue but many I don't even think to do so this comes in very handy.
I did have an issue with Secunia running, would not display programs or anything. After digging into the system and finding a registry fix, it was due to the ActiveX blocking it, I assume through some Flash update. Either way, I posted the fix I found on technet on Secunia forums for good measure. So if you can't get Secunia running, it may be this same issue.
Now that it is running, it's working very fast, stable and more accurate than ever. I will still always suggest manually looking over anything before a software decides it should be updated or not. Secunia does a very good job though.
This WAS an excellent tool for advanced users to keep vulnerability patching for the OS and any installed software on a computer, and is free for personal use.
NOW, it is fairly well automated to boot, which makes it much easier for "regular" users to use.
Memory issues seem to be non-existent unless you are using a machine with less than 64 MB of RAM.
I Have used P.S.I For awhile. Easy to use.and as
soon as a update is out you know !and it offers a
quick download link. I now have zero outdated software! Great Free Tool !
I agree with the above (below?) post, it does use a lot of ram when running, but i would not leave it running constantly anyway, I would like to use it every so often. Unfortunately, on my particular computer, it keeps crashing during the initial scan.
Uses a lot of memory. Good program for checking for updates and security patches. If your not sure of the accuracy of the scan results, check where you downloaded or bought the software before updating.
Updating la Secunia can make a muddle of your software: A really big share of my applications are portable. Secunia finds those application and judges them as outdated. If I then try the solution Secunia proposes, and update my applications, my portable versions would be replaced with installed versions!
This is an amazing program.I thought my computer programs were up to date .The program found 2 items which should be updated! Easy to use. Easy to configure. Saves a lot of time. Nothing to complain? Maybe the fact that it (still)does not recognize all your computer programs. Give it a try and you will be in love...
Thanks for this great piece of software. Checked 68 apps and found three that needed updating and set up the updates so all I had to do was click my way out of there. Updates installed done deal.
This is a must have program to help keep all your software up to date and prevent possible security vulnerabilities. Check it out!
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