SecPod Saner Free: Advanced Vulnerability Scanner for Windows 10/8/7

SecPod Saner is not a malware scanner or an antivirus software. It’s a vulnerability scanner which uses SecPod ANCOR, the analytics and correlation engine that provides vulnerability, malware heuristics, vulnerability remediation, endpoint visibility and software reputation service. So what does this all mean? Correlation engine is a technique that understands programmatic relationship like analyzing logs and so forth. It uses predictive analytics & fuzzy logic algorithms to achieve the goal. In today’s world, no system is secure, and all we can do is maximize our defenses against threats like malware or other security threats and hope for the best.

A recent study by Security Engineering Research Team shows that close to 67% of malware is not detected by anti-virus or anti-malware software, This means that the majority of malware goes unnoticed.

Security experts and executives at security vendors are in agreement that signature-based antivirus isn’t able to keep up with the explosion of malware. But it’s not that the security vendors are doing nothing, they are developing new technology to counteract this by detecting the fail behavior which will help prevent zero-day flaws. More than 90% of security breaches are due to a software vulnerability. So it’s important that we need a software that detects our operating system and software vulnerabilities, and counteracts or report the vulnerabilities so that the user can take necessary action.

Advanced Vulnerability Scanner for Windows

SecPod Saner Free Edition does that same job. It scans our entire system looking for software vulnerabilities & compliances and recommends additional steps to resolve it. In effect, t helps the users build-up the defense against malware and other security threats.

SecPod Saner Free

Once the scan is completed, it will generate a report of all the software vulnerabilities & compliances, and it will tell you which hotfix or update to apply to resolve this problem.

Vulnerability Scanner for Windows

You can either fix it one at a time, or you can choose to Remediate All to do it at one go.

A little background on how SecPod Saner works. Like I said before, the heart of the product is SecPod ANCOR. It works based on four principles – Visibility, Prevention, Learning and Protection. Here is a picture that best defines ANCOR.

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According to their website:

The ANCOR engine through its web services API guides Saner and Defender to collect information regarding the security posture of the system, perform assessments on the vulnerability state of the system, offer remediation for those vulnerabilities, along with monitoring events in real-time and continuously enforcing security policies.

So you now get a general idea of what SecPod Saner is, how it works and why a vulnerability scanner is important to us.

SecPod Saner Free Download

To conclude it’s a decent application that does exactly what it offers to do. But do not mistake this with a Malware scanner or Antivirus, this is just a second lime of defense again security threats. You can download the product from here. Remember in order for this to work you need to register with your e-mail first. You will then receive an activation file which you will need in order to activate the free software. Do create a system restore point first, and examine each recommendation individually before deciding to accept them.

Do let us have your comments about this product.

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Shyam aka “Captain Jack” is a Microsoft MVP alumnus and a Windows Enthusiast with an interest in Advanced Windows troubleshooting. Suggestions made and opinions expressed by him here are his personal one's and not of his current employers. He blogs at captaindbg.com.

10 Comments

  1. I tested the latest version on my Windows 8.1 x64, and it did its job nicely. Found a few things I needed to do.

  2. Guest

    Compliance doesn’t work , there are no definitions available. Secunia PSI does the same thing as this program.

  3. Unknown

    Compliance works for all others except Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. It’ll be added soon.

  4. Dan

    I just spent a little time downloading/running SecPod SANER scan; took about 5 minutes on Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64 bit; I didn’t get any vulnerabilities in “Vulnerabilities” or “Compliance”, so I randomly changed some OS settings and SecPod found them (so it did work, I just didn’t have anything to find ordinarily…I then reset to my routine settings). But I DO like the way it checks all-at-once for Adobe and other products on PC on such a small HDD bite…and without the dreaded “OpenCandy” syndrome!

  5. Malcolm Bond

    I have windows 7 64 bit. After running the program and applying the recommended updates, firstly Saner would not accept that I had the latest Java installed. Secondly, I lost my connection to my network drive, and lastly I had BSOD when I shut down the computer. Couldn’t find the problems, but luckly I use Macrium, so I restored to yesterday, and I will stick to Secunia PSI in future.

  6. I’m sorry you had to go through that. The way I tested it worked fine. Not sure why it didn’t in your case. I suppose I cannot anticipate all scenarios while testing. We always sat that everyone should creates a System Restore point before installing a new software.

  7. CurlyJon

    I started to download and install, but got confused by all the hoops to jump through. Then I looked at the screen shots and decided it was too much information overload for me. Gave up.

  8. Jammie

    I had the same setup, Windows 7 64-bit OS. It upgraded Java without any problem and actually worked very smooth.

    It is unlikely that the disk problem or the BSOD is because of this!

  9. windowsLover

    Hey it was very smooth installation and I felt Saner installation was one of the easiest, of course may be because I was eager to try it. It is a very smooth process to get and install the product. What I liked is it scans my system for all the vulnerabilities and misconfigurations and ALSO provides remediation. How Cool is that!! I simply loved the product.
    I think you should try it (unless you are a newbie you can’t give up on such a simple product 🙂 ).

  10. windowsLover

    Hey it was very smooth installation and I felt Saner installation was
    one of the easiest, of course may be because I was eager to try it. It
    is a very smooth process to get and install the product. What I liked most is
    it scans my system for all the vulnerabilities and misconfigurations
    and ALSO provides remediation. How Cool is that!! I simply loved the
    product.

    I think its worth trying by everyone (who wants their systems to be secure). Thank you for such a lovely product.

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