Belarc Advisor

Belarc Advisor

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 737 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.2a
  • Total Downloads:
    1,854,664
  • Date Added:
    May 24, 2011
  • File Size:
    3.04MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,872
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.7

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star 17
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 0
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 737 votes

    • 5 star 489
    • 4 star 179
    • 3 star 34
    • 2 star 8
    • 1 star 27
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5 stars

"A must have analyzer"

August 02, 2011  |  By Vignesh92

 |  Version: Belarc Advisor 8.2a

Pros

1. Analyzes a machine's weak points
2. Gives clear advice on how to address each issue.

Cons

None so far

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5 stars

"provides great detail and an exceptional overview too"

July 28, 2011  |  By pirooz54

 |  Version: Belarc Advisor 8.2a

Pros

gives you a detailed report of your units specs. Of special interest is memory details, empty slots , type of cards etc that allow you to make decisions w/o even opening up the unit.

Cons

Have not encountered any yet

Summary

Fantastic tool that no one should be w/o

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5 stars

"Exactly what it says on the tin!"

July 28, 2011  |  By wobblyo

 |  Version: Belarc Advisor 8.2a

Pros

Gives me all the information I want about a system before upgrading / changing / installing software etc.

Cons

Can't think of any.

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5 stars

"Creates a good reference"

July 22, 2011  |  By InvestorD

 |  Version: Belarc Advisor 8.2a

Pros

Provides a report of all programs, updates and hardware with serial numbers

Cons

None as of now.

Summary

I would recomend this program to everyone!

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5 stars

"Great for checking software licenses key#"

June 16, 2011  |  By mikaela50

 |  Version: Belarc Advisor 8.2a

Pros

Great for checking your Web Server connections

Cons

none so far

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5 stars

"Very informative."

June 12, 2011  |  By rktpc

 |  Version: Belarc Advisor 8.2a

Pros

Great information for being free especially

Cons

I can't think of any cons at this time

Summary

Very informative program for checking specifications. I suppose it could have some performance measurements, but that isn't what this program is really for, so for what it's supposed to do, it does it well.

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5 stars

"A Must-have Utility For All Windows Boxes"

June 08, 2011  |  By AJ North

 |  Version: Belarc Advisor 8.2a

Pros

Provides an enormous amount of useful information for virtually every Windows system (Win 95 - 7). In particular, the Belarc Advisor can detect whether all required Security Updates and Hotfixes are present and properly installed.

Cons

Many users will be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information provided. Also, the Security Benchmark Score may give many users pause, as its value will be quite low for most.

Summary

Even when Microsoft (or Windows) Update (even the Secunia PSI) scans a system and reports that all necessary Security Updates and Hotfixes are present, that does not automatically guarantee that they are properly installed (thus providing the protection intended).

Fortunately, the Belarc Advisor has the ability to detect security patches that are not properly registered (installed), and provides download links to obtain whatever patch(es) may be required, thus allowing manual installation. Additional scans will then determine whether the deficiency has been corrected (and provide for further user intervention, if required).

In addition, the Belarc Advisor provides a veritable smörgåsbord of information on the system, from the versions of all installed software to passwords, and all hardware (as well as peripherals), including model and serial numbers.

Together with the Secunia PSI ( http://download.cnet.com/Secunia-Personal-Software-Inspector/3000-2162_4-10717855.html ), another free must-have utility for Windows (2k on), the Belarc Advisor will help keep a Windows system fully patched and, as a bonus, provide an enormous amount of useful information about the system it is installed in.

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5 stars

"Great tool to find your complete system"

June 05, 2011  |  By wjcurran1

 |  Version: Belarc Advisor 8.2a

Pros

complete system deetails

Cons

n one known

Summary

Great tool to review set up and sources

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5 stars

"Very good. Does what I need."

June 04, 2011  |  By merchison

 |  Version: Belarc Advisor 8.2a

Pros

Very good. Does what I need.

Cons

Nothing bad to say.

Summary

Very good. Does what I need.

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5 stars

"This is a great thorough program"

June 04, 2011  |  By cary828

 |  Version: Belarc Advisor 8.2a

Pros

Lots of useful information well catagorized

Cons

More information is baited for a pay for upgrade but I have found this to be an acceptable practice with many retailers and wholesale companies.

Summary

Great product for the money. I would highly recommend this to my friends and colleagues.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Belarc
Publisher web site http://www.belarc.com/
Release Date May 24, 2011
Date Added May 24, 2011
Version 8.2a
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.04MB
File Name advisorinstaller.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,854,664
Downloads Last Week 1,872
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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