Cool Timer

Cool Timer


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 285 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.2.2.2
File Size:
913.54KB
Date Added:
August 11, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
933,247
Downloads Last Week:
973
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
.Net Framework 4.0

Editors' review

The Cool Timer is free alarm clock software that allows you to set up a countdown timer on your desktop down to the minute and second you want. It is an easy and cool way to keep track of your tasks and scheduling.

The interface is very easy to understand and definitely user friendly. There are only a few feature buttons like Start Timer, Pause Timer and Stop Timer, which are all you really need to get started. There doesn't seem to be any limit on how many hours you can set the timer for. Our testing didn't show any glitches or issues with this software. This is a cute if not cool way to countdown, thanks to the Preferences options. The timer can be set to reveal an image as it counts and Cool Timer provides some cute pictures. The alarm sound options are diverse as well, and fun to test out. The software also has an alarm clock and stop watch mode, which aren't obvious from a cursory sweep of the features.

The installation process was simple and didn't cause any issues. Uninstalling is just as simple. There are no limitations when downloading this free software since there is no registered version that will cost you money and restrict the features. This software is very easy to use and to set up even for a novice user. We would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a cute way to keep track of time on their computer.

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  • All Versions:

    3.2

    out of 285 votes

    • 5 star: 93
    • 4 star: 69
    • 3 star: 23
    • 2 star: 10
    • 1 star: 90
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  • 3 stars

    "It works fairly well.."

    July 09, 2014   |   By jas-matt

    Version: Cool Timer 5.2.1.6

    Pros

    I primarily use it to count time up/down.

    Cons

    It wants to install other programs.

    Summary

    It you're careful during the install process, you can uncheck the boxes to keep from the other programs installing. If I wanted to install the other programs I would download them and install them and not have it forced on you by the programs you do want! It's really a big nag, beware Free programs, they all seem to do it.

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  • 1 stars

    "Lousy program"

    May 23, 2014   |   By Marlelar

    Version: Cool Timer 5.2.1.1

    Pros

    Customizable sounds

    Cons

    Installs Conduit browser hijacker

    Summary

    Stay away from this program

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  • 3 stars

    "Excellent, except installware"

    April 27, 2014   |   By saintseminole

    Version: Cool Timer 5.2.1.1

    Pros

    Works well, simple to use

    Cons

    Contains installware

    Summary

    This is for 5.0.6.0 -- there's no need to upgrade since this version works just fine. The app is simple and easy to use, but when I first installed it, the download actually tried to install an "installer" first, which is filled with adware and is completely unnecessary. It was much harder than it should have been to just install a simple piece of timer software.

    I use this to time my sprinklers on the lawn so I don't over-water. It's perfect for that.

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  • 2 stars

    "Contains Adware"

    April 26, 2014   |   By gadigital

    Version: Cool Timer 5.2.1.1

    Pros

    Small, compact and had all the functions I wanted in a timer.

    Cons

    - Installs Adware in a very sneaky way - without giving you clear options to decline those options.
    - The Adware is very demanding on your PC's it begins trash the HD. The HD usage was at 100% a lot of the time, significantly slowing down the PC.
    - The additional programs added take over your Internet browser and even sites like Amazon with advertising.
    - Runs almost like a trojan horse or virus on your PC.
    - Very difficult to remove Adware. I'm an IT professional and found it very hard to uninstall the Adware programs.

    Summary

    I was very angry about the sneaky installation of programs I did not ask for taking over my PC by trashing the hard disk at 100% most of the time. When you uninstall the software using Add/Remove Programs in Windows it doesn't remove anything even though it pretends to have done so. You have to manually find and remove the files from your computer.

    STAY AWAY FROM THIS SOFTWARE!! I FEEL THE PEOPLE WHO DEVELOPED IT SIMPLY HAVE NO INTEGRITY. YOU SIMPLY CANNOT TRUST THAT THEY'RE NOT PUTTING OTHER STUFF ON YOUR PC.

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  • 3 stars

    "Nice, but contains installware"

    March 12, 2014   |   By geek_grrl

    Version: Cool Timer 5.1.8

    Pros

    * Simple countdown timer, alarm clock, stop watch.
    * Options for alarm sound background colors, can minimize to tray.
    * Looks nice.

    Cons

    * Contains installware!! Be sure to not only uncheck boxes, but click on skip or decline instead of "next".
    * Some options are only available in the pro-version. (This is not really much of an issue--most upgrades are more selections on graphics, multiple alarms, custom sounds, etc.)

    Summary

    I took off 1 star for the installware. It bothers me some claim there's no spyware. It may not be hidden, but it's definitely sneakware or installware. Be SURE you don't JUST uncheck the boxes, but click on "skip" or "decline" when installing. I hate that programmers are buying into this to make money. Make a free (really free) version and then a pro-version with more bells and whistles. Put a donation button. All you're doing is angering your users by adding sneaky install programs that are virus-like and hard to uninstall. I think you know this stuff is no good, because if it was so useful, users would install it themselves.

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  • 4 stars

    "very convenient, works fine, no spyware"

    February 09, 2014   |   By Tryumph

    Version: Cool Timer 5.1.6

    Pros

    Attractive, easy to install and use, right price (free). Can be used as either a timer, an alarm clock or a stopwatch.

    Cons

    Have to pay attention when downloading from Cnet to avoid lots of junk software.

    Summary

    to refute previous reviews:

    --This DOES work with Windows 7 (64-bit in my case). It requires .Net Framework 4.0 (free, from Microsoft), as noted under "Requirements."

    --You can avoid having extra junk software installed (by the Cnet downloader -- it doesn't come from the developer) by paying CLOSE ATTENTION to every window during the download and/or installation processes. Make sure to check CUSTOM installation and un-check any boxes; then decline or reject all offers on subsequent screens.

    --re the alleged "IT professional" who said he couldn't remove the junk software: Gee, maybe you didn't pay attention during installation? I'm glad you're not MY "IT professional."

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  • 1 stars

    "not working on win7"

    January 27, 2014   |   By gigelchiazna

    Version: Cool Timer 5.1.6

    Pros

    - it is supposed to perform a nice job

    Cons

    - this product does now work on windows 7; I click start on timer and it does not start

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  • 1 stars

    "WARNING: CONTAINS SPYWARE !!!"

    January 11, 2014   |   By steve4567rfg

    Version: Cool Timer 5.1.6

    Pros

    NONE, program was only designed to deliver spam

    Cons

    Installs several spam programs without asking, impossible to remove without editing the registry.

    Summary

    I am a IT professional, I now have to reinstall windows. Stay away from this program.

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  • 5 stars

    "Just as good as original"

    January 04, 2014   |   By SkyGemini

    Version: Cool Timer 5.1.6

    Pros

    more detailed interface
    same choices on how you'd like the alarm alerts displayed

    Cons

    *when not downloaded from direct link to creator's website, apparently is loaded with problems, mostly spyware (I suspect this has everything to do with cnet's "downloader"...I've experienced this before & have stopped downloading from this site)

    Summary

    I've used this cool little timer for many years now, just received an update notice & thought I'd check it out...coming here, I couldn't believe the bad rating from users but as mentioned already, I believe cnet's downloader is fraught with problems. The timer is just as good as the old one, there are opt-outs for the extras-which worked just fine and installed Nothing I didn't want.
    There's a few more customizable options and the interface has been majorly overhauled. But all of the main features are still there. There is someadverts within it, but these are all from the dev and there is a premium edition for those who would like to purchase it. *that can hardly be a fault, the dev has bills to pay.
    I definitely recommend, just go to the dev's site to dl.

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  • 1 stars

    "Install only if you want all the spywares"

    January 02, 2014   |   By zencv

    Version: Cool Timer 5.1.5

    Pros

    Nothing (yeah, some may like Pink interface)

    Cons

    - Without my consent installed around half a dozen other adwares/spywares

    Summary

    Not worth it unless you want to make a point how some companies cheat unsuspecting innocent users by installing things without their consent. Horrible that CNET is becoming part of it by promoting it. For a timer, either look for your good old system time tray or there are risk free online stopwatches or timers

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