Secunia PSI, short for “Personal Software Inspector,” is a program we have used for a log time to determine if updates for installed applications on a given machine have their security patches installed.
Secunia has been implemented by us as the second tier of our MIRMS (Malware Infection Risk Mitigation System) on all of our clients’ machines who either purchased their computers from us, had us perform an Operating System reinstall or upgrade service, received a Malware Removal service or had us setup their new computers when first purchased.
Well, Flexera, the company which provides the servers for the functionality of Secunia PSI, will no longer support it, it will then cease to function and will need to be uninstalled. Don’t worry though; our first tier, the automatic updater for installed applications will continue its work, you just won’t have a visible indicator in your task bar anymore. There is an alternative, if you would like to replace it with something similar. We will provide a link to that later on.
This email blast is to inform everyone of the need to uninstall Secunia PSI as well as to aid those who need help in uninstalling Secunia PSI. The Following is a pictorial guide for uninstalling Secunia PSI from your machine, whether you use Windows 7, 8.1 or 10.
of you have been getting this message upon the starting of your computers for a little while now:
If you click on it, the following would be what you see:
You don’t need to open it now but the message at the top is what is important and is why this pictorial has been made for you. On to the procedure.
First, right-click on the Secunia Tray icon to open this context menu. Click on “Close Tray Icon.” You could uninstall without doing this first but then it would require a reboot to complete the uninstall process. We’ll assume you would want to avoid that.
Next, in Windows 7 and 8.1, you’ll open Control Panel and click on “Programs and Features.” Scroll down to “Secunia PSI,” select it and click on the “Uninstall” button as shown. Just follow the prompts from that point and Secunia will be gone once completed.
If you are running Windows 10, right-click on the start button or press the Windows Key and “x” on your keyboard to produce the following context menu and select “Apps and Features.”
Once you select “Apps and Features,” you’ll come to this window:
1. Start typing “Secunia” into the search box at the top of your list of applications. Eventually, the list will disappear and only Secunia will remain.
2. Click on Secunia to reveal “Modify” and “Uninstall” options.
3. Click on “Uninstall,” follow the prompts from that point and Secunia will be gone once completed.
That is all! You are now Secunia PSI free.
Now, if the visible indicator made you more comfortable, there is a similar application provided by File Hippo called “FileHippo App Manager.” It has some settings that should be tweaked somewhat to make it more user friendly for the average user to avoid confusion, particularly in regard to Beta versions of software. But otherwise, it is a suitable replacement. But it is not necessary as our first tier of our MIRMS is sufficient to ensure your software remains up-to-date.
If you still want to try it, you can download it from here:
Or, if you’d like us to set it up for you, we certainly can do so. But again, it is unnecessary with our MIRMS in place and would only serve as a visible comfort provider.
Well, that’s about all for now. We hope you all are enjoying your computer experiences, whether it’s for fun, socializing or for productivity. We look forward to serving your computer needs into the future. Thanks!