I am usually scouting round for new PC security and performance monitoring software, and trialling it out.
I stumbled on a blog post by someone who claimed to put a great deal of faith in Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI). I had never heard of it, though I found it referred to in some old discussions on the DC forum.
PSI is free to download for personal/non-commercial users from the secunia.com website: Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI)
So, I downloaded PSI and have had it running for a few weeks now. It does what it says it will do, and is rather impressive - seems to be quite rigorous.
In particular, I found these useful:
- The identification of "Insecure" software on your PC - i.e., software versions for which there are known security updates available.
- The identification of "End-of-Life" software on your PC - i.e., software versions which the vendor no longer supports.
- A percentage rating of your PC software security status, mapped over time in a little histogram, so you can see whether things have improved after you have made some of the recommended changes to your PC's risky software.
PSI offers solutions for the risky software, taking you to appropriate links for the software suppliers' updates (where there are any).
Hoping this this might be of use/help to somebody.