Secunia has announced the launch of the next version of its Personal Software Inspector (PSI).

The PSI is a free computer security scanner for private PC users, covering applications from more than 3,000 vendors. Secunia said it now offers automatic security patch updates for all supported software application vendors, a simplified user interface and intuitive preferences to help non-technical as well as very technical users.

According to the company, Secunia PSI 3.0 gives users a “hands off” approach when it comes to software application security updates, making it easier and more effective for users to maintain secure software applications and data housed on personal computers. Whether the software vendor provides automatic security updates or not, Secunia PSI 3.0 users will now receive the automatic security patch updates from Secunia as part of the new version.

Among the additions are a checkmark indicator for when the user's computer is up-to-date, with a full list of all the programs added to the full release to allow the user to access additional information, such as history reports, or to set up individual application preferences for auto updates. Users can also ignore updates to a particular program by creating 'ignore rules'.

Morten Stengaard, director of product management and quality assurance at Secunia, said: "We are on a mission to secure PCs worldwide and in our continued efforts to do this we are unveiling a new Secunia PSI that is simple and useful for the non-technical user, as well as the very technically minded user, and one that will help private PC users worldwide stay secure against the ever-increasing vulnerability threats.

”We want the new Secunia PSI 3.0 to be trusted not by just a few million users, but by everyone that has a private PC, and to do that it was absolutely critical that it be re-designed with the broader target group in mind.”

”Since the introduction of the first beta version in February, our development team has worked hard on adding additional functionality, keeping a high focus on simplicity and usability with the objective of providing a user experience that is truly second-to-none. We have come a long way and are confident that the new Secunia PSI will be incredibly effective for helping users around the world stay secure with an accuracy that only Secunia can deliver.”