The Vulnerability Scanner runs by default once a week. Setting the module to OFF in BullGuard > Settings turns off this background process.
When the Vulnerability Scanner is disabled in Settings, an on-demand scan is possible by clicking the menu drop down button from the Vulnerabilities section in the main BullGuard window and selecting Scan.
The Vulnerability Scanner will scan Windows for missing security updates and the system for potential risks such as connections to unsecured WiFi networks, whether applications from removable devices are executed automatically, whether all device drivers are digitally signed and others. Please allow BullGuard to finish the scan and proceed to Step 3.
When the sweep is done, click again on the menu drop down button and select Status. The Vulnerabilities window opens, displaying a detailed list with everything that was scanned for and whether any action is recommended.
Title: Contains a short description of what was evaluated and a visual indication of whether the outcome of the scan was positive, neutral of if a risk was detected.
Value: Lists additional details about the outcome of the scan for each entry.
Status: Indicates if the current Value of the entry requires any actions to be taken (At risk Status) or if everything is optimal (Safe and Info Statuses).
More details: Click on any section to view the type of issues detected. This provides additional information on why the Value of an entry is considered Safe, At risk or a simple notice.
The areas inspected by the Vulnerability Scanner are:
- Windows Updates configuration: checks if your Windows operating system is configured to download and install security updates in the background.
If the user disables automatic Windows updates download and install, the Vulnerability Scanner displays a warning pop-up.
Clicking on View details takes you to the Vulnerabilities window, where an “At risk” status is displayed in the Windows Updates configuration field.
- Missing Windows security updates: checks for missing Windows security updates and lets you display them.
- Automatically run programs from removable devices (autorun.inf): checks for automatic execution of media files (autorun.inf) on local hard drives and network hard drives.
- Wireless network safety: checks if you are connected to a vulnerable Wi-Fi network (no password, or WPS enabled). Clicking the details button displays detailed information about wireless networks.
- Network profile safety: checks the status of your network profile and displays its name, type and IP. For public IP addresses in networks set to Private, a warning is displayed.
- Open ports: displays a list of ports that are opened and advises to close the apps that are not used.
- Digitally signed device drivers: checks if there are any drivers that are not digitally signed by Microsoft.