A free Danish computer programme called Personal Software Inspector (PSI), which is designed to pinpoint programme vulnerabilities and protect PCs against security threats and hacker attacks, has just been launched on the world's biggest download site Download.com, reports financial daily newspaper Børsen.
The fledgling firm behind the programme is Secunia, which was established in 2002 with the grand ambition, according to its website, of becoming "the leading vulnerability intelligence provider and distributor in the world". Whether Secunia realises its aims remains to be seen, but with almost 800,000 people downloading the beta version of PSI during the development and testing phase, the initial signs are promising.
Secunia's director Niels-Henrik Rasmussen believes that security updating of PCs is the most important thing a private user can do to keep a computer secure when surfing the net. What PSI does is to check the programmes installed on a PC for vulnerabilities and see if any security patches are missing.
On its website, Secunia writes that PSI has already received several plaudits, with ZDNet.com calling it "quite possibly the most useful and important free application you can have running on your Windows machine".
The first official version PSI 1.0 was released on 25 November, and runs on Windows 2000, Windows XP 32/64bit, and Windows Vista 32/64bit. A running counter on Secunia's website shows that over 12,000 users downloaded the software in the first 24 hours.
Link > Secunia
(website has download link for PSI)