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Cool Timer

CNET 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 User Reviews

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  • 3.0 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "very convenient, works fine, no spyware"

    February 9, 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Just as good as original"

    January 4, 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Install only if you want all the spywares"

    January 2, 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "They ruined it"

    December 15, 2013  |   By JohnBoy1012

    Version: Cool Timer 5.1.5

    Pros

    None really

    Cons

    Version 4.93 was quite a nice little tool but they ruined it in the so called improved version 5. You can't even resize the window. They also seem to have gotten rid of any old version on the interweb

    Summary

    Don't bother downloading if you had the older version and liked it

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Terrible, DO NOT DOWNLOAD"

    December 13, 2013  |   By adwhalen

    Version: Cool Timer 5.1.5

    Pros

    timer works fairly well

    Cons

    Comes with a boatload of junk.

    Summary

    I'm very UPSET that CNET allows this one. JUNK and I cannot get it off of my computer!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "BEWARE! Severely malicious adware attached to download!"

    November 1, 2013  |   By WhovianMom

    Version: Cool Timer 5.1.2

    Pros

    The timer itself is fine. The updates are annoying because things change pretty drastically and you have to relearn how to use it. I was fine with the old timer and would be happy if you could get the old timer back.

    Cons

    If you can avoid downloading this, please do! And definitely don't update if you have an older version. There is no way to avoid at least one of the malicious adwares it wants you to install. I had to update my timer because the older version kept crashing, but I could not complete the install without allowing one of the adwares. The malicious, nasty little thing took over my computer.

    Summary

    Without the help of my computer savvy husband, I would be stuck with the most obnoxious adware I've ever seen. He literally had to go through several scans and deletes and uninstalls to get it removed. Anyone else would have to pay someone like Geek Squad to get their computer fixed. Find a different timer if you can and avoid severe intrusion on your computer.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installs dosearches home page with no option to avoid"

    October 13, 2013  |   By Snootpelt

    Version: Cool Timer 5.1.1

    Pros

    Application works OK

    Cons

    Full of malware with options to avoid only some of it. There is no option regarding dosearches.com hijacking the home page of IE, Firefox and Chrome. Malwarebytes will not even remove all of it. Deleting registry keys doesn't seem to help either

    Summary

    Malware loaded junk. Surprised CNET allows it.

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