Belarc Advisor

Belarc Advisor

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 735 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
8.1p
File Size:
3.04MB
Date Added:
September 16, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
1,820,840
Downloads Last Week:
3,158
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Hiring a professional computer-security consultant is out of reach for most home PC users, but Belarc Advisor can fill part of that gap.

The app analyzes a machine's weak points, looking at elements such as whether antivirus software is up to date, or whether all the security flaws in Windows have been patched. It uses the Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmark test to give the computer a score showing its overall security level, and produces a report that can be viewed in a Web browser.

Not only does it analyze software and operating system components and tell you where problems are, but in its comprehensive report it tells you what your computer's physical components are: not just how much RAM you have, for example, but what kind of RAM and which slots are occupied.

This program doesn't fix the problems itself, but gives clear advice on how to address each issue. This download is free for personal use; we recommend it to home users as a first step in securing their home systems, or for those considering a hardware upgrade who want to see what's in their current system.

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  • All Versions:

    4.5

    out of 735 votes

    • 5 star: 487
    • 4 star: 179
    • 3 star: 34
    • 2 star: 8
    • 1 star: 27
  • Current Version:

    4.6

    out of 39 votes

    • 5 star: 26
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 3 stars

    "Very comprehensive PC software analysis"

    March 06, 2014   |   By mhgreenfield

    Version: Belarc Advisor 8.4

    Pros

    Gives a detailed listing of all downloaded programs, update history, missing patches and updates, and the condition of your computer as far as virus vulnerabilities.

    Cons

    The Windows security update Belarc said I needed was not applicable and would not download. The message I received was "this program is not needed for your computer."

    Summary

    As far as I'm concerned the jury is still out. The Updated pages from the manufacturers and Microsoft do a better job of scanning programs for out of date versions.

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  • 5 stars

    "will tell you everything about your computer"

    March 02, 2014   |   By gunshypete

    Version: Belarc Advisor 8.4

    Pros

    fast download
    no toolbars and other junk
    very clean, very reputable

    Cons

    it didn't know how to fix me a cup of coffee

    Summary

    In my top 3 utility programs since I began using computers
    1. Glary Utilities
    2. Malwarebyte's Antimalware
    3. Belarc Advisor

    Don't know your product key to activate windows on new computer from same disk? Belarc will show it to you. Want more ram but don't know what kind? Belarc will show it to you. This is the best information retiever you're going to find most likely.

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  • 4 stars

    "Detailed summary of a computer -what it has and needs."

    February 06, 2014   |   By fauna99

    Version: Belarc Advisor 8.4

    Pros

    Presents a very complete picture of your computer. Using on 4 different computers- 3 Windows versions- and it details each and shows what might be missing.

    Cons

    It does take a long time to load and gather info.

    Summary

    Easy to understand with no need to have great computer skills to read.

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  • 5 stars

    "Retrieved my Outlook product key"

    January 17, 2014   |   By cwguyfl

    Version: Belarc Advisor 8.4

    Pros

    I needed to recover my Outlook product key and it displays these.

    Cons

    None regarding what I needed it for.

    Summary

    Great product for retrieving product keys.

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  • 5 stars

    "Very informative summary of what is on the computer."

    January 01, 2014   |   By billie4320

    Version: Belarc Advisor 8.4

    Pros

    Very organized. Complete with explanations of what is OK, what is not so OK and generally how to make fixes.

    Cons

    I think this formal analysis is more directed to a commercial business user and many comments and "fixes" may not be applicable to a casual residential user.

    Perhaps the specific areas that a Casual user should address could be emphasized in the analysis output?

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  • 4 stars

    "Just what I needed to list installed programs"

    December 28, 2013   |   By HauteHouse

    Version: Belarc Advisor 8.4

    Pros

    Easy to run
    Comprehensive info

    Cons

    Can't print summary report from screen or save to a file. Adding this feature would make it a 5-star program.

    Summary

    Provides a full list of all installed programs and additional info on computer system. Extremely helpful! Great to have all this info in one location.

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  • 5 stars

    "All the info you'll ever need!"

    December 26, 2013   |   By dminott

    Version: Belarc Advisor 8.4

    Pros

    A complete dossier of your computer and its software load.
    An invaluable source of what you have and what you may be missing!
    Print this info out and save it for future reference.

    Cons

    Wish it would automatically save its run to a file.

    Summary

    Be sure to run it each time you make a major change to your software...either additions or deletions!

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