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Secunia

I have been using Secunia for several years and I notice it is well recommended by the forum advisors. I have it running all the time. I was wondering if there was a way to use it effectively and not allow it to boot up. According to my computer it takes 76sec. to boot. I'm trying to cut back on my boot up time. I like the program so it could be something I will have to live by. Is this a program that I could use on a demand manually scanner? I would welcome your advise.

 Asus computer with  Windows 10 OS  Built in Windows Defender A.V and Windows firewall, McShield,  MBAM, SAS, Spyware Blaster, Secunia PSI, Win Patrol Plus, Microsoft Edge and Firefox, WOT on Browsers.

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Evermore,

Secunia can certainly be run as an on-demand scanner only.

I happen to have a very old version (1.5.x) on this machine, which has a SETTINGS tab, under which there is a box to check [or UNcheck] for "Start the Secunia PSI on boot".

I know the newer versions also have such an option, but without it in front of me, I can't be more specific.   Hopefully one of the other regulars will be able to say more.

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I have version 3.  If you look near the bottom of this program you will see Settings. Click on Settings and then untic "Start on Boot."

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Thanks ky331 and aps@sun. I also have version 3. I was able to find settings and untic "Start on Boot". I hope I'm using this program the way I should. I will try it for now and not let it boot up. Am I defeating the use of the program?

 Asus computer with  Windows 10 OS  Built in Windows Defender A.V and Windows firewall, McShield,  MBAM, SAS, Spyware Blaster, Secunia PSI, Win Patrol Plus, Microsoft Edge and Firefox, WOT on Browsers.

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Evermore:

No, you are not defeating the use of the program by using it as an on-demand scanner only. That is the way I use it on my Windows XP Media Center system/SP3 system also. There is no need to have it load at every start-up. Just run it on-demand on a regular basis as part of routine maintenance (for me about once a week).

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Evermore wrote:  "Am I defeating the use of the program?"

In terms of using it specifically as an on-demand scanner --- to advise you which of your programs are in need of a security update, so that you may then decide/choose to manually update some/all of those programs --- you are not defeating the program's purpose.

However, versions 2 and 3 introduced various levels of automatic updating capabilities [which were NOT present in version 1.x].   If you want (and have enabled) Secunia to automatically apply security updates to any programs it finds, then yes, by not allowing Secunia to automatically start-up with windows, you are defeating the automatic "behind the scenes" updating that it can do.  

I believe you can also arrange for a "hybrid" setup:   you can disable auto-startup, so that it will run only on-demand, but by having auto-updates enabled, it won't ask you for confirmation when the manual scan finds something... it will automatically update it then.

Free Internet Security - WOT Web of Trust       Use OpenDNS       MalwareBytes Anti-Malware


Windows 10 Pro (64-bit), Panda DOME 20, MBAM4 Pro, Windows Firewall, OpenDNS Family Shield, SpywareBlaster, MVPS HOSTS file, MBAE Premium, MCShield, WinPatrol PLUS, SAS (on-demand scanner), Zemana AntiLogger Free, Microsoft EDGE, Firefox, Pale Moon, uBlock Origin, CryptoPrevent.


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Evermore,

Secunia can certainly be run as an on-demand scanner only.

I happen to have a very old version (1.5.x) on this machine, which has a SETTINGS tab, under which there is a box to check [or UNcheck] for "Start the Secunia PSI on boot".

I know the newer versions also have such an option, but without it in front of me, I can't be more specific.   Hopefully one of the other regulars will be able to say more.

Free Internet Security - WOT Web of Trust       Use OpenDNS       MalwareBytes Anti-Malware


Windows 10 Pro (64-bit), Panda DOME 20, MBAM4 Pro, Windows Firewall, OpenDNS Family Shield, SpywareBlaster, MVPS HOSTS file, MBAE Premium, MCShield, WinPatrol PLUS, SAS (on-demand scanner), Zemana AntiLogger Free, Microsoft EDGE, Firefox, Pale Moon, uBlock Origin, CryptoPrevent.


[I believe computer-users who sandbox (Sandboxie) are acting prudently.]

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I have version 3.  If you look near the bottom of this program you will see Settings. Click on Settings and then untic "Start on Boot."

Forum Member Since 2001

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Thanks ky331 and aps@sun. I also have version 3. I was able to find settings and untic "Start on Boot". I hope I'm using this program the way I should. I will try it for now and not let it boot up. Am I defeating the use of the program?

 Asus computer with  Windows 10 OS  Built in Windows Defender A.V and Windows firewall, McShield,  MBAM, SAS, Spyware Blaster, Secunia PSI, Win Patrol Plus, Microsoft Edge and Firefox, WOT on Browsers.

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6 Gallium

Evermore:

No, you are not defeating the use of the program by using it as an on-demand scanner only. That is the way I use it on my Windows XP Media Center system/SP3 system also. There is no need to have it load at every start-up. Just run it on-demand on a regular basis as part of routine maintenance (for me about once a week).

_________________________________________


Dell Forum Member since 2,000


 Use OpenDNS   MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware Free


Windows 10 Pro (64- Bit): Malwarebytes 4.x Premium, Windows Defender AV, Windows Firewall, WinPatrol PLUS, Emsisoft Emergency Kit Free and HitmanPro Free (on-demand scanners), OpenDNS, MVPS Hosts file, SpywareBlaster, Pale Moon web browser, Sandboxie, CCleaner Free.


"In the future, everyone will be anonymous for 15 minutes" - Banksy

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Evermore wrote:  "Am I defeating the use of the program?"

In terms of using it specifically as an on-demand scanner --- to advise you which of your programs are in need of a security update, so that you may then decide/choose to manually update some/all of those programs --- you are not defeating the program's purpose.

However, versions 2 and 3 introduced various levels of automatic updating capabilities [which were NOT present in version 1.x].   If you want (and have enabled) Secunia to automatically apply security updates to any programs it finds, then yes, by not allowing Secunia to automatically start-up with windows, you are defeating the automatic "behind the scenes" updating that it can do.  

I believe you can also arrange for a "hybrid" setup:   you can disable auto-startup, so that it will run only on-demand, but by having auto-updates enabled, it won't ask you for confirmation when the manual scan finds something... it will automatically update it then.

Free Internet Security - WOT Web of Trust       Use OpenDNS       MalwareBytes Anti-Malware


Windows 10 Pro (64-bit), Panda DOME 20, MBAM4 Pro, Windows Firewall, OpenDNS Family Shield, SpywareBlaster, MVPS HOSTS file, MBAE Premium, MCShield, WinPatrol PLUS, SAS (on-demand scanner), Zemana AntiLogger Free, Microsoft EDGE, Firefox, Pale Moon, uBlock Origin, CryptoPrevent.


[I believe computer-users who sandbox (Sandboxie) are acting prudently.]

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Good answer Joe53. That makes me feel better. I was concerned that I maybe was defeating  purpose of the program.

 Asus computer with  Windows 10 OS  Built in Windows Defender A.V and Windows firewall, McShield,  MBAM, SAS, Spyware Blaster, Secunia PSI, Win Patrol Plus, Microsoft Edge and Firefox, WOT on Browsers.

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