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    Browser checker

    I stumbled across Qualys BrowserCheck yesterday and thought I would mention it here on WSL as I don't remember seeing its name before.

    It's a free browser-based service that checks either the current or all detected browsers for out-of-date versions of the browsers themselves and any plugins. Using its Intermediate Scan it correctly identified the 3 browsers I have installed on my main PC and showed me that my IE and Shockwave was out-of-date. (Hmmm... and I thought I kept up to date!)
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    Note the drop-down on the right-hand site for choosing the type of scan. Also note that whilst you can carry out a scan without installing the Qualys BrowserCheck Plugin, you get more comprehensive and more accurate results (and automated scans if you wish) if you do install the plug-in. I did a comparison test on a virtual machine and found that using the plugin was much better. For example, without the plugin BrowserCheck didn't flag that the version of IE in the VM was way out-of-date but immediately detected it and provided a link to 'Fix it' as soon as the plugin was installed.

    The Advanced Scan took nearly 7 minutes on a new Windows 7 VM and correctly identified missing MS Security Updates.
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    Anyway, if anyone wants a quick check of their browsers and plugins (and Microsoft Security Updates if you choose the Advanced Scan) then you may find this useful.

    Hope this helps...

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    Personally, I see no need for 3rd party software to tell me/show me if there are updates to software I use as most if not all of them have auto updates activated already. Or I just manually check for updates.

    I see the point and understand the one stop shop update process for it....however, it's just not my cup of tea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Corbett View Post
    I stumbled across Qualys BrowserCheck yesterday and thought I would mention it here on WSL as I don't remember seeing its name before.
    You would need to have a good memory. The last times it was mentioned in the Lounge and Newsletter were 11 or 12 years ago.

    But it still looks like a useful tool, and now I'm considering using the free business version to monitor a whole bunch of browsers at work.
    Last edited by BruceR; 2015-02-14 at 15:41.

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    For info - Flash Player, Shockwave and Air have recently had updates released by Adobe.

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