Secunia, a Denmark-based security software manufacturer, has released the first public Beta version of its Personal Software Inspector (PSI) 3.0 utility. The PSI 3.0 utility is an excellent tool that makes it easier to keep your installed Windows applications and plug-ins (created by thousands of third-party vendors) up-to-date.
“The new version offers extended automatic patching using the Secunia Package System (SPS), thereby removing the dependency on vendors providing silent installers,” said Secunia in a statement. SPS is Secunia's proprietary tool for creating customized installation packages, and was borrowed from the company's enterprise utility, Corporate Software Inspector.
PSI 3.0 scans the Windows-based computer system for programs that are installed in an outdated version and examines some of the files – mainly those with extension .exe, .dll, and .ocx – to collect meta-data recorded on the hard drive by vendors when one of the applications or other programs are installed. PSI 3.0 then sends this data to Secunia's servers, where it is matched against a list of file signatures.
If the signatures on a user’s Windows PC don't match those on Secunia's list, PSI 3.0 interprets it as an out-of-date software. PSI 3.0 utility then collects the required updates, pushes them to the computer system and installs them.
Secunia PSI 3.0 Beta version is available for download at the developer website.
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