Belarc Advisor

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  • 3.0 stars

    "What began as a resource is becoming commercialized."

    June 2, 2013  |   By Bobs415

    Pros

    Comprehensive snapshot of your entire computer, including what you OUGHT to have but don't, and what is activated and not but should be. Provides quantitative score for various categories like security. Self-updating.

    Cons

    Like so many other programs that began purely as a solid resource for consumers/users, IMO, Belarc is becoming a commercial enterprise, offering to sell you what you need for your pc or your business operation. Don't have XYZ coverage? Hmmm down goes your score, and a red mark stuck next to it. NOBODY wants a low score in ANYTHING, or a nasty looking red mark!

    Summary

    To my limited knowledge, nothing evaluates one's computer like Belarc does, and does it so thoroughly. I'm willing to overlook the offer to buy, buy, buy in favor of a comprehensive view of my computer. I'll evaluate the efficacy of what I need to bolster my score, thank you! It does point out potential security weaknesses, and need to update drivers, if you can get past the commercialization. A good, free, program.

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  • Reply by BelarcGuy on June 3, 2013

    Hi Bobs415,

    Thanks for your kind words. Unfortunately, you're mistaken as Belarc isn't flagging issues then selling anything to remedy them. The security scores are based solely on the US Gov't NIST scorings, and Belarc doesn't sell remedies. Belarc has always offered commercial products for businesses, and has made the free version available for home personal use.

    Please feel free to contact Belarc tech support if you have any remaining uncertainty or have any further questions.

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