Keeping your other Windows applications up-to-date is not always easy

I am glad that Microsoft has the ‘Windows Update’ facility these days, but I always hated the fact that I had to manually keep track of all the other applications that are usually installed on a regular Windows machine. Some examples are Adobe Reader, Flash Player, HP Drivers and a ton of other 3rd party applications that are widely istributed on lots of Windows machines these days.

Secunia offers a free tool, the ‘Personal Software Inspector’, that keeps track of applications that are installed and that need patching. After you install it, it scans your entire system for installed applications and catalogs them. After that, it assigns your machine a ‘security score’ and lists all the applications that need to be patched. The ‘Personal Software Inspector’ (also called ‘PSI’) also provides you with the download links to click to get your software updated.

Very, very handy. Give it a shot.

http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/.

This is also available for commercial use:

http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/corporate/.

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