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Secunia software inspector & update checker

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by dvk01, Dec 9, 2006.

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  1. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist Thread Starter

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    http://secunia.com/software_inspector/

    extremely useful and I strongly recommend bookmarking it & using it at least once a month


     
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    Interesting update from Secunia's weekly summary;

    "A quick update and some statistics from the Secunia Software Inspector.

    Since the launch of the Secunia Software Inspector it has inspected
    over 400,000 detected applications, tagging over 35% of the inspected
    applications as insecure!

    For IE 6.x users, 4.12% were insecure, which is a good sign; most
    people probably are aware of using Windows updates to get new IE
    versions.

    More than one third of Firefox 1.x users (35.47%) were found to be
    running vulnerable versions; while Opera users were safer, with only
    13.04% running vulnerable versions of Opera 9.x.

    For Adobe Flash 9.x users, over 53% were running insecure versions; a
    testament to both the popularity of Flash-based web content, and the
    lack of awareness on Flash vulnerabilities.

    Be sure to check your own system:
    http://secunia.com/software_inspector/"
     
  3. aarhus2004

    aarhus2004 Gone but always remembered

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    Minimum Requirements:
    * Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows 2003
    * Sun Java JRE 1.5.0_06
    * Internet Explorer 6.x, Opera 9.x, or Firefox 1.5.x
    * Latest version of Microsoft Windows Update
     
  4. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist Thread Starter

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    In other words only Currently supported Microsoft operating systems

    as updates are no longer issued for ME or 98 why check
     
  5. aarhus2004

    aarhus2004 Gone but always remembered

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    A format and reinstall requires updates which are still available.

    A reading of the Secunia post #1 does not make clear that in fact the tool does not apply to Windows 9x. I ran it and got a report showing many entries all to do with missing .exe files - which. since I currently have no issues with my computer, made no sense to me - an average user. So I read more closely the Secunia web site.

    Hence I thought my post to be a heads-up for other 9x users. Please delete my posts if deemed necessary.
     
  6. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist Thread Starter

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    No need to delete your posts and the warning is a good one
    getting off topic
    I don't know how long any 98 or ME updates will remain on the windows site

    I suspect that it won't be very long before they vanish completely

    Microsoft & many other vendors don't want to support 9x in any shape or form and many antiviruses or antitrojans won't work with 9x either

    I know a lot of people still have those op systems but there comes a time when they have to go

    how many model T Fords do you still see in daily use :D come to that how many cars from the 19870's are still in roadworthy legal condition, not many in most countries (especially in Europe)
     
  7. SaraSG1

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    Hey, I had a question about Secunia. It said that I had 5 versions of Macromedia Flash player that are unsafe. But, they aren't in the Add/Remove programs list. Secunia said they were located here:

    C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\Macromed\Flash\Flash.ocx
    C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\Macromed\Flash\NPSWF32.dll
    C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\Macromed\Flash\Flash8.ocx
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\Flasha.ocx
    C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugins\NPSWF32.dll

    What can I do to get rid of them? I was afraid to just delete them, the windows folder doesn't seem like something I should play with. (Also. How do I have AOL remnants on this computer? I uninstalled that crap minutes after I got my computer home.)
     
  8. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist Thread Starter

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    just delete them
     
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    If you have Firefox and want to use flash then I know you need NPSWF32.dll
     
  10. THoey

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    This is a really good tool. Found several items that I need to update. Only problem I had was that it kept finding an old version of Macromedia Flash player. Went out and downloaded the new version, installed it, tested again, and it was still there. Uninstalled it, re-installed it, tested again, and it was still there. Appears the following file just was left over from a previous install:

    C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\Macromed\Flash\Flash.ocx

    Not sure how that happened as this is a pretty new PC, but just wanted to let someone know in case they have the same issue. The tool even tells you the location of the file causing the problem.
     
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    I did all the required updates however... it still says the adobe flash player needs updating even though it has successfully been updated:confused: there's a problem somewhere or other:confused:
     
  12. Steroids

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    agrred it gave me the same error for adobe.. and macromedia... and i did the updates so i just ignored it...
     
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    same problem here !! maybe its a problem with the website ??
     
  14. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist Thread Starter

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    IT is a genuine detection and nothing wrong with the web site & it is telling you that when you update the old versions are left behind


    I suggest you uninstall old versions first, delete any left over files & tehn install the new version

    and then complain to macromedia & Adobe for not removing the old versions when they install new ones
     
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    Byteman Gone but Never Forgotten

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    They are right on the money for mine...
     

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