Belarc Advisor

Belarc Advisor

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 737 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.3b
  • Total Downloads:
    1,884,886
  • Date Added:
    May 01, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    3.04MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,876
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Belarc Advisor analyzes software, hardware, and OS components, as well as security configurations, and can tell you exactly where the problems are, if any, on your computer. The program was easy to install and does not come bundled with any additional software.

Upon installation, Belarc Advisor immediately checks for updates and asks your permission to download them. It then informs you that it needs administrator access to your computer in order to provide a comprehensive profile of the system. Scanning your computer takes only a minute or two. The program uses your browser to present information and does not allow the information to go out over a server. It actually gives you information that your computer can easily give you but then takes it a few steps further by listing each component in your computer, the model numbers, serial numbers, and status of each piece of hardware. It then lists network information, missing security updates, and every piece of software installed. It gives advice on which software may no longer be useful based on how often you use it. The best feature is the program's list of software license numbers. The presentation of data is intuitive and easy to follow.

Belarc Advisor is a delight to use, especially for expert users who want to know every detail about their computer. Novice users may find the sheer amount of information daunting, but if they need work done on their computer or wish to upgrade, the information provided by this program is not just desirable, but necessary.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.1

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star 2
    • 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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4 stars

"Would be 5, but output is now HTML"

November 29, 2013  |  By dragon789wv

 |  Version: Belarc Advisor 8.3b

Pros

Comprehensive and useful tool to find out what is on your computer, and save for future reference.

Cons

It used to be that I could do a COPY/PASTE into a word document.
Now, it just appears as a HTML document. Why can't it just remain the way it was, when it was easy to read?

Summary

Very good tool, except final output

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5 stars

"Thorough, extensive, quite usefull"

September 02, 2013  |  By jesz12

 |  Version: Belarc Advisor 8.3b

Pros

If you want to know just what apps are on your machine, a full overview of PC specs and to make sure your updates are up-to-date, there's no better "summary" out there. Have used it for years

Cons

Nothing, really --- it does what it says it will do, has links for things for which you need reference, etc.

Summary

Great app, easy to use and very useful; quick summary of your local PC world.

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4 stars

"Very useful for me."

August 25, 2013  |  By katynf

 |  Version: Belarc Advisor 8.3b

Pros

It helps me to find out needed information on the PC's in our house.

Cons

None as of yet.

Summary

I use it quite often.

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4 stars

"Good information"

August 24, 2013  |  By herbmc5

 |  Version: Belarc Advisor 8.3b

Pros

Fairly thorough, easy to use.

Cons

Might be overkill if all you need is a key-finder.

Summary

I didn't list this as a con, because it may well be accurate, I haven't had time to investigate the problem, but the program is reporting I have two security updates missing. I ran Windows update, and also updated my Adobe Flash, but the program still reports two missing security updates.

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5 stars

"Lots of good info"

June 19, 2013  |  By jandsm5321

 |  Version: Belarc Advisor 8.3b

Pros

Free, thorough, used it to remember which copy of Windows XP was installed on which of my computer.

Cons

None that I can think of right now.

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4 stars

"A useful tool."

June 15, 2013  |  By GCG1000

 |  Version: Belarc Advisor 8.3b

Pros

Provides a comprehensive breakdown of system information and potential problem areas. Designed for the moderate to advanced PC user; novices may have trouble handling some of the diagnostic data.

Cons

Too many adds in analysis repor.

Summary

It's free and useful.

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3 stars

"What began as a resource is becoming commercialized."

June 02, 2013  |  By Bobs415

 |  Version: Belarc Advisor 8.3b

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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.3b

Now with improved reporting of installed software and discovery of product keys for Adobe Acrobat 11 and other recently released applications.

General
Publisher Belarc
Publisher web site http://www.belarc.com/
Release Date April 18, 2013
Date Added May 01, 2013
Version 8.3b
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.04MB
File Name advisorinstaller.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,884,886
Downloads Last Week 1,876
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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