The Internet is the most comprehensive source to find free-to-use scanning applications for your OS. Tons of programs claim to find vulnerabilities in your system in seconds and remove them in a click. Some like the Secunia Personal Software Inspector do a great job. There is another tool called the Protector Plus Windows Vulnerability Scanner. that scans your Windows PC and recommends security patches, if any are needed.
Protector Plus – Windows Vulnerability Scanner is a freeware that checks your system for Vulnerabilities and guides you to the right patch to keep your system safe. The program is regularly updated every month by the developers, to find all the vulnerabilities discovered. It will scan for all the vulnerabilities including the ones discovered earlier and provide you the patch locations to update your system.
Protector Plus Windows Vulnerability Scanner
The website mentions, that program is compatible only with the versions of Windows such as Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (Home & Professional) Service Pack 1, Service Pack 2, Service Pack 3, Windows 2000 Professional with Service Pack 4, Windows 2000 Server with Service Pack 4, Windows 2000 Advanced Server with Service Pack 4 and Windows 2003 Servers. Still, for testing purposes I downloaded the program on my Windows 8 and it worked just fine – although it detected by OS as being Windows Vista instead of Windows 8!
Upon installation, Windows Vulnerability Scanner displayed a straightforward interface that guides users throughout the entire process. The UI may look garish but it displays information pertaining to the system, such as the running operating system, processor, total physical memory, page file space, user name and some other details.
The process of scanning the system is just a click away. As soon as I hit the scanning button, the program processed my request and in seconds started scanning my system for vulnerabilities. On a fully updated Windows installation, you may see or no vulnerability detected.
In any case, it displays operating system vulnerabilities along with the risk level and a direct download link for the Microsoft’s security patch, thus, prompting you to enhance the security of your system.
You can download Protector Plus Windows Vulnerability Scanner from its home page. It is also available as a free download from ZDNet, Softpedia, CNET and other download sites. Softpedia has tested this software and awarded it, its ‘100% Clean No Malware’ badge.