Smooth shut down while you're away

Schedule a shut down, restart, or logoff with this simple, effective freeware.

VGAutoS is a free utility that lets you shut down, restart, and log off of your computer according to a timer set by you. While it may not be much to look at, it performed its simple job without any problems.

VGAutoS installs easily, but we were a little miffed that it installed a desktop shortcut without our permission. The user interface was plain, but straightforward enough for us to quickly understand. A good thing, since the Help feature was unavailable. The four prominent buttons for shutting down, logging off, restarting, and hibernating our PC worked as expected, but didn't offer any thing different from our default shutdown options. However, the auto timer came in handy, and was very easy to use. We simply entered the specific time and date, selected one of the three shutdown options (log off, restart, shut down), and our PC shutdown at the specified time. We were disappointed to find that the Countdown feature didn't include restart and log-off options, only shutdown. But our PC successfully shut down for us after our specific hours, minutes, and seconds ran out. Additional settings are few, but include the option of starting the program at Windows start-up, and making the interface background transparent.

This is a handy little utility to have on hand when you want to make sure your computer shuts down properly while you're away from your desk. Despite the lack of an accessible Help feature, we recommend this for all user levels.

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