Atomic Clock Sync

Atomic Clock Sync

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 77 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0
  • Total Downloads:
    187,921
  • Date Added:
    May 24, 2008
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Atomic Clock Sync is a free program that does exactly what its name suggests and ensures that your PC's clock information is up-to-date and accurate. We liked its ability to help repair any installation issues with Windows Time Service.

The program interface is about as straightforward as it gets. Tabs organize the small window into four function categories: Current Settings, Synchronization Interval, Repair Service, and About. The Current Settings tab displayed our clocks current Windows settings, including the local time, current UTC, as well as standard and daylight time zone information. Using the synchronization feature, we were able to override the default Windows Time Service synchronization and manually input time intervals in seconds, minutes, hours, or days. We entered our sync information, clicked the Sync button and the program immediately sent our resync command to the local computer. The one standout feature with the program is its step-by-step buttons for repairing Windows Time Service issues. As you click each button, the program does the work for you and goes through the steps of stopping the service, unregistering, reregistering, starting the service again, and finally, synchronizing the time. We were able to see the program's progress as we clicked each step.

Other than a link to the publisher's Web site, the program doesn't offer any kind of Help feature. But users of skill levels will find it easy to use without any assistance. For that reason, we highly recommend Atomic Clock Sync for any user looking to keep their clock current.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.0

    out of 76 votes

    • 5 star 17
    • 4 star 20
    • 3 star 11
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 23
  • All Versions

    3.1

    out of 77 votes

    • 5 star 18
    • 4 star 20
    • 3 star 11
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 23
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1 stars

"Spamware, Spyware, Adware"

March 17, 2014  |  By DonChino

 |  Version: Atomic Clock Sync 3.0

Pros

None at all

Cons

Does not work and basically attempts to install a TON of "backdoor" garbage onto your computer, but to make matters WORSE it does not work. I actually rejected all the AGREE prompts to avoid installing anything, but then it actually does not work when you try to sync so beware.

Summary

Avoid at all costs, because this is a garbage and surprised CNET allows them to host their warez on this site.

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1 stars

"Forces you to accept adware."

August 29, 2013  |  By Day4Nite

 |  Version: Atomic Clock Sync 3.0

Pros

None as long as it is bundled with adware.

Cons

There are two adware programs attached to this. When installing, you are given the option to opt out, but if you choose to do so the installation freezes midway. The only way to install the program is to accept the adware then manially uninstall it, but who knows what little gems are left behind.

Summary

What gives Cnet? Your downloads are promoted as free of adware. This is unacceptable.

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1 stars

"Warning: Also Downloads Adware"

December 07, 2012  |  By bernard_ric

 |  Version: Atomic Clock Sync 3.0

Pros

Could not find any as I un-installed it due to Adware and Wajam being downloaded before I got to try it.

Cons

I downloaded this and found that it also downloaded Claro Browser that without any action on my part set itself as the default browser. Wajam also downloaded which seems even more intrusive that Facebook itself if that is possible.

Took and age to get rid of Claro - not sure even now it is all gone as today I got a MacAfee site advisor warning me about going to Claro.

Summary

Avoid if you value your PC's health. Now off to run a few programs to clear out the last vestiges of Claro.

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1 stars

"It works great manually"

May 08, 2012  |  By mark_raven

 |  Version: Atomic Clock Sync 3.0

Pros

Easy to set up and use for a manual sync.

Cons

Does not appear to do anything beyond the initial sync at least on Win98.

Summary

I could do the same thing basically throught windows.

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5 stars

"Simple, straight forward, does its job well"

February 05, 2012  |  By DSHornet

 |  Version: Atomic Clock Sync 3.0

Pros

Just as the title says: It doesn't try to do many things, only one thing, and it does the job right. Tiny footprint in memory means it uses practically no resources.

Cons

Can't think of any.

Summary

I downloaded this little clock synchronizer to replace a similar one that I had since Win98 but that had mysteriously quit working recently even though I've been running it in WinXP Pro for nine years. It turned out to be an updated version of the old program. I'm definitely satisfied.

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4 stars

"Simple, invisible, yet it works"

November 14, 2011  |  By sbje2006

 |  Version: Atomic Clock Sync 3.0

Pros

Simply download it and you're ready to go

Cons

So simple you may not think it's working

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2 stars

"Hangs often and doesn't retry"

October 19, 2011  |  By mglowinski

 |  Version: Atomic Clock Sync 3.0

Pros

It does synchronize my system clock with the Time Server and it runs in the system tray.

Cons

Regularly hangs and needs to be reloaded or times out on the connection and does not retry. This requires a manual sync, the exact thing I am trying to avoid.

Summary

If you rarely need to synchronize this is a decent program. However if you are looking for something that is regular and unattended, keep looking.

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1 stars

"I am disappointed with this new version"

August 30, 2011  |  By mascott3

 |  Version: Atomic Clock Sync 3.0

Pros

None that I am impressed with

Cons

This new version acts merely as a shortcut to the registry in order to change the time between syncs. The old version appeared to be an independent program that contacted the world clock directly and updated my PC clock.

Summary

If this is going to simply act as a shortcut to my registry, I'll skip it.

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1 stars

"Broke the built-in windows time sync"

July 08, 2011  |  By LarsFitzgerald

 |  Version: Atomic Clock Sync 3.0

Pros

Exposes a lot of hidden windows time settings that you would otherwise have to dig through the registry to find.

Cons

Breaks windows time sync.

Summary

After going through the repair service steps of stopping, removing, adding, and starting the service, I now get an error any time I try to sync the time: "The following error occurred: The interface is unknown (0x80076B5)." Additionally, the built in windows time sync now also gives this error! At least it worked intermittently before.

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5 stars

"The one that works!"

June 11, 2011  |  By mwuagi

 |  Version: Atomic Clock Sync 3.0

Pros

Fast, simple, IT WORKS

Cons

none at all

Summary

After years (literally years) of searching for how to get my Windows 7 laptop to synch with an Internet time server (trying everything I could find on Google), this program is the only one that finally worked!
I was desperate, and I didn't expect it to work, but it did! I was shocked, yet happy... Buy it now!

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Chaos Software Group
Publisher web site http://www.chaossoftware.com/
Release Date May 24, 2008
Date Added May 24, 2008
Version 3.0
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Additional Requirements
  • Windows NT 4 SP 6
  • Windows 2003 SP 1
  • Windows XP AMD 64-bit
  • Windows XP 64-bit SP 1
  • Windows NT 4 SP 2
  • Windows 2000 SP 1
  • Windows 2003 64-bit
  • Windows 2003 AMD 64-bit
  • Windows XP 64-bit SP 2
  • Windows NT 4 SP 3
  • Windows 2000 SP 2
  • Windows Server 2003 x64 R2
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows 2003 64-bit SP 1
  • Windows Vista AMD 64-bit
  • Windows XP Itanium 64-bit
  • Windows NT 4 SP 4
  • Windows 2000 SP 3
  • Windows NT 4
  • Windows XP 32-bit
  • Windows XP SP 1
  • Windows Server 2003 x86 R2
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 2003 Itanium 64-bit
  • Windows NT 4 SP 5
  • Windows 2000 SP 4
  • Windows Vista 32-bit
  • Windows XP 64-bit
  • Windows NT 4 SP 1
  • Windows Server 2008 x64
  • Windows NT 3
  • Windows Server 2008 x86
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Vista Itanium 64-bit
  • Windows XP Itanium 64-bit SP 1
  • Windows 2003 32-bit
  • Windows XP Itanium 64-bit SP 2
  • Windows XP SP 2
  • Windows 95
  • Windows 98
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows NT
  • Windows 2003 Itanium 64-bit SP 1
  • Windows XP Pro
  • Download Information
    File Size 890.35KB
    File Name atomic.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 187,921
    Downloads Last Week 584
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    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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