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Belarc Advisor

CNET 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 User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.5 stars

    out of 735 votes

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

    4.6 stars

    out of 39 votes

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

    "All in One Analyzing solution"

    May 15, 2011  |   By security expert

    Version: Belarc Advisor 8.1p

    Pros

    Organised,Accurate Info

    Cons

    Interface bit Outdated

    Summary

    A must download for anyone who wants to find loopholes in his PC/laptop.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very good program"

    April 24, 2011  |   By digf

    Version: Belarc Advisor 8.1p

    Pros

    If you need to know everything that's on you computer this program will tell you.

    Cons

    Not found any

    Summary

    It tells you how long it is since you used a particular program so you can find programs that have been forgotten about which may be doing nothing more that slowing down the computer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great product"

    April 22, 2011  |   By lvcabebe

    Version: Belarc Advisor 8.1p

    Pros

    it gives you good insights into your computer

    Cons

    don't know just started

    Summary

    recommended product

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Quick overview of system h/w, s/w and security status."

    April 8, 2011  |   By bitnap

    Version: Belarc Advisor 8.1p

    Pros

    Belarc tracks everything in the pc including knowledge base installed.

    Cons

    Load time somewhat excessive.

    Summary

    A printout is a great all-around visual diagnostic tool.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Saved my bacon a few times"

    April 5, 2011  |   By looseleif2

    Version: Belarc Advisor 8.1p

    Pros

    Really thorough, has the links, fills the gaps the AutoUpdate programs miss.

    Cons

    Tiny fonts about the worst thing i can think of. Maybe a computer newbe will have to study to understand.

    Summary

    Had to format my hard-drive and start over. This helped before and after. Combine this with CNET's Tracker and you've got it! Your software will be up-to-date and functioning properly and compatibly.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "An oldie but definitely a golden goodie!"

    April 2, 2011  |   By hirogundamwing1

    Version: Belarc Advisor 8.1p

    Pros

    Simple & free system audit, crisp & clean & no caffeine, baby! Its a really good idea to print out your hardware listing so when you move your PC to Win8 or Ubuntu/RedHat/PCLinuxOS/etc, you'll already have your drivers ready. Right? RIGHT!

    Cons

    Why do anal & banal chuckle-knuckleheads complain about stuff this program doesn't do when it does what it was made for so freaking well. I've been using this since the beta days and its just fine.

    Summary

    Well don't just stand there! Whaddaya want me to do?!?! Wrap it up in cellophane for ya! Gettin' dere!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very nice. Installs quickly ."

    March 31, 2011  |   By MrBlock350

    Version: Belarc Advisor 8.1p

    Pros

    In addition to the to the the summary, download was fast, and this software read my devices fast(less than a minute). This software also looked at my drivers, asked if I wanted them, this was fast as well. Program reports minutia, details.

    Cons

    None I could find. I'm using Windows XP service pack 3 with 1 GB OF ram. CPU 1.8 Mhz. I would highly recommend this product to anybody who needs details such as product type and even serial numbers. All in all I'll give this a 5 star rating.

    Summary

    As I wrote, I gave it 5 stars and it deserves it. Great for those who need detailed info, yet very simple to use, even for a novice. Great job to the software writer(s)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great road map for your computer"

    March 22, 2011  |   By dekondan

    Version: Belarc Advisor 8.1p

    Pros

    always ready to use-no waiting

    Cons

    none I can see at present

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Comprehensive internal audit"

    March 19, 2011  |   By indestro

    Version: Belarc Advisor 8.1p

    Pros

    I have used this piece of software on several occasions and it is a very valuable tool, and best of all its free.

    Cons

    Nothing to complain about, I get exactly what I expect every time, I have installed this many times and have never had a single issue.

    Summary

    I work for a university, one of my jobs is to re install operating systems on P.C.'s, and there are many occasions when tracking down drivers and software licenses is a real pain in the neck.
    Belarc Advisor download, install, run- that simple, in a few minutes I have a report of everything I need to know to finish the task.
    Grab a download yourself, run the advisor, print the report, if your system crashes and you are forced to reinstall the O.S. right in your hands you know what 3rd party hardware is installed, video cards , sound cards etc.

    Good solid piece of gear.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Program"

    February 22, 2011  |   By jsaladino7

    Version: Belarc Advisor 8.1p

    Pros

    A quick and easy way to secure a list of your computer's hardware and software in addition to software product keys.

    Cons

    None that I'm aware of.

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