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Windows Vulnerability Scanner - may not be useful for the average user

Posted by ClifNotes, Nov 2008, permalink Security Tools

 

Windows Vulnerability Scanner is a portable program that quickly scans your Windows PC for missing updates. If you already have your Windows Updates turned on, you really don't need this program.

 

I recently reinstalled my Windows XP and updated it to Service Pack 3. I'll confess to you that I have completely turned off Windows Updates. Every time I boot up, Windows loves to tell me that I'm at risk by popping up messages from the System Tray. I did this because I know that Microsoft can install updates without notifying you.

 

Just in case you wondered, I don't recommend turning Updates off. Leave them on, especially if you have kids or newbies using your PC. Running without your Updates on is a quite risky if you don't remember to check for updates at least once a week. I open up Internet Explorer and go to Microsoft to get my updates now.

 

I asked my friend Tom about this scanner program. Tom is on the "Front Lines" in the anti-malware wars, since his website offers free support for removing viruses and spyware. He typically either tries or hears about a security program long before I have. I surprised him in this case. He hadn't seen it before but he was willing to check it out for me.

 

Quote from Tom at Temerc.com

I do see it somewhat useful for security analysts ... it gives a fast overview of what a system needs from MS. Kinda neat for a ‘hands on the box’ type of security check tool. It's not something I’d bother ever have a user run.

 

... for the average Joe Net users, I don’t much see use for it. All you need to do is visit the Windows Update page to see what you’re missing.

 

If you need to help fix other people's PCs, you may find this portable scanner useful for a quick check on system updates. Just remember that you need to get a new copy once a month to make sure it's up to date.

 

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Quote from the website

Protector Plus - Windows Vulnerability Scanner checks your system for Windows Vulnerabilities. It guides you to update with the right patch to make your system secure.

 

This program is updated regularly by Proland Software to detect all the vulnerabilities discovered.

Website:

http://www.pspl.com/download/winvulscan.htm