ESET SysInspector v1.2.054

A Full Review of ESET SysInspector, a Free System Information Tool

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ESET SysInspector.

ESET SysInspector is a portable, free system information tool that details possible security threats found in running processes and services, drivers, and active network connections.

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Note: This review is of ESET SysInspector version 1.2.054. Please let me know if there's a newer version I need to review.

ESET SysInspector Basics

ESET produces security-focused software, and SysInspector isn't too dissimilar.

 Instead of showing exhaustive detail on hardware like other system information tools, it instead identifies software components that could pose a threat to your computer.

Basic OS information and all-inclusive detail on things like running processes, drivers, and services are the ​center of focus.

ESET SysInspector works with Windows 10Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000. Also supported is Windows Home Server and Windows Server 2012, 2008, and 2003.

Note: See the What ESET SysInspector Identifies section at the bottom of this review for all the details on the hardware and operating system information you can expect to learn about your computer using ESET SysInspector.

ESET SysInspector Pros & Cons

As I already mentioned, ESET SysInspector is a bit different than other system information programs but that's part of what makes it a good tool.

Pros:

  • Very detailed information
  • Able to generate and restore a detailed log file
  • Easy to read and navigate
  • Supports tons of keyboard shortcuts
  • Can search through the program
  • Portable (doesn't require installation)

Cons:

  • Shows only basic hardware and software data

My Thoughts on ESET SysInspector

ESET SysInspector is definitely not as detailed as most other system information tools in that it doesn't show detailed information on the motherboard, RAM, CPU, etc.

However, it's certainly useful in what it does show, such as the detailed information on drivers and network connections.

There's a handy feature that makes it easy to filter through processes to find ones that could potentially be dangerous. You can adjust a Risk Level filter, which is used to display running processes that are identified as anything from Fine to Unknown or Risky. This is the only system information tool I've found that can do this, which definitely sets it apart from the rest.

Something else I like about ESET SysInspector is the ability to create service scripts. This means an advanced user can remove threats from the computer by first examining a log file of the computer, then modifying a script to automatically remove the threat when the script is loaded.

Because common details that are found in most other system information software isn't included in ESET SysInspector, I wouldn't make it a first pick when choosing a good program for finding hardware information.

Note: Because there's both a 32-bit and 64-bit version of ESET SysInspector, you must choose the correct one for your version of Windows. See Am I Running a 32-bit or 64-bit Version of Windows? to learn more.

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What ESET SysInspector Identifies

  • Detailed information on every process, service, driver, network connection, and Task Scheduler task; shows information like the creation date and last write time of the file, the size and description, the file's cryptographic hash function, as well as the file version and product name that it belongs to
  • List of application, security, and system events taken from the Windows Event Viewer
  • Whether you're running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows, the total and available amount of memory, the system uptime, environment variables, and a simple list of all the installed programs and hotfixes
  • Lists important registry items that are categorized in sections like desktop, drivers, shell execute hooks, print monitors, protocols, browser help objects, and Internet Explorer, among others
  • Information is shown for the currently logged on user, such as the SID and the privileges the user has
  • Basic hard drive details, like the total and available amount of storage

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