Belarc Advisor is a great, free utility program for Windows that builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, network inventory, any missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, security benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. Your data is not uploaded to the cloud. As you can see from the screenshot below, the interface is very simple.
It doesn’t offer any information that you couldn’t get just by checking your system yourself, but it does present the information all together in one place. Now, if you are not a particularly tech-minded person who prefers to keep things really simple, you might find all of this information to be a little more than you care to absorb.
Enter your email address and they’ll send you a link to download the program.
Just click the Download button. I’m pleased to tell you this site is not littered with links you must avoid clicking on.
Choose to save the program and run later or run it now. You’ll need to grant permission for it to install and follow the instructions of the installation wizard.
You’ll need to grant permission for the program to check to see if security definitions are current. It takes a few minutes for the program to create a profile. The profile will then appear in a browser window. The first thing you’ll notice at the top is the virus and security update section. I can click on the category for more detailed information about installed or missing updates.
Scroll down and you’ll find incredibly detailed information about every aspect of your system. One that I found interesting was a listing of every USB storage device that’s been used on my PC in the last 30 days. It’s some pretty interesting information. Though you may have to do a bit of research to figure out what all of it means.