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Core Temp Gadget

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
2.5
out of 45 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.7
  • Total Downloads:
    502,201
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 07, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    405.29KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,967
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Core Temp Gadget is a free Windows gadget that displays the temperature and load of your CPU's cores as well as basic information about your processor and platform. To use it, you must have ALCPU's Core Temp installed and running. Core Temp is a small, free application that extracts critical data from sensors and displays it in a compact interface. Core Temp Gadget simply displays data from Core Temp in an unobtrusive desktop gadget.

Core Temp doesn't have to be running to download and install Core Temp Gadget, but the utility must be running to port data to the gadget. Core Temp identified our processor by model, platform, frequency, VID, Revision, CPUID, and Lithography standard as well as number of cores and threads and each core's temperature and load. We minimized Core Temp and turned to the gadget. It displayed our processor data in a compact but colorful view that included the CPU maker's logo. Beneath this were three graph lines coded in different colors--one each for each core's temperature, load, and activity, plus another for RAM use--and at the bottom a moving graph displayed the data. Unusually for a gadget, this one offers quite a few options, including displaying the clock speed in gigahertz, changing colors, enabling items to display, and configuring the graphs. As with all Windows gadgets, we could drag it around wherever we wanted on the desktop and access its settings by right-clicking the desktop and selecting Gadgets.

We're quite familiar with Core Temp, which is a terrific little tool for keeping an eye on your system and a must for overclockers and tweakers. Core Temp Gadget is one of the best little desktop tools we've tried, and one that provides crucial warnings when things aren't working as they should. Even if you don't overclock your system or even peek beneath the hood, it's educational to see what's up with your CPU.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.4

    out of 41 votes

    • 5 star 11
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 23
  • All Versions

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    out of 45 votes

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    • 1 star 23
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1 stars

"WARNING - Read User Ratings - 100% Malware - A Trojan"

July 26, 2015  |  By Ian-92263

 |  Version: Core Temp Gadget 2.7

Pros

NONE AT ALL

Cons

Full of VERY difficult to remove self-installing and self-replicating malware. Don't fool around with this one at all.

Summary

To CNET: How have you not caught on to this and are still offering this junk to unsuspecting users. Will be difficult for me to view CNET as a trusted source again.
Some of the user warnings here regarding CoreTemp appear to be submitted over a year ago, but you are still offering it. Previously CoreTemp was a good program but now just essentially a carrier for malware.

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1 stars

"DON'T install this ... you WILL regret it."

July 23, 2015  |  By Pont_Royal

 |  Version: Core Temp Gadget 2.7

Pros

At some point CoreTemp became a mule for adware of the type that once installed you're in deep trouble. Forget about simply removing it with the usual methods; this is truly nasty stuff.

Cons

No exaggeration ... anyone other than a medium to experienced user who installs this might end up thinking of doing a clean install of their OS as the only way to get rid of all the self-installing adware.

Summary

By itself Core Temp is great. The installer however will ruin your day. DON'T DO IT!
There are other gadgets that give the same info but unfortunately are not as well designed as Core Temp, but as of now it needs cleaned up. At this point I'm using HWMonitor which is terrific. Will go back to Core Temp if I get word that it's clean.

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1 stars

"BEWARE Loaded with adware/malware"

July 23, 2015  |  By Brain_Drain

 |  Version: Core Temp Gadget 2.7

Pros

Previous experience good. Well designed and effective gadget.

Cons

Very deceptive install process meant to load up infinite amount of crap. Even as an experienced user taking great care to avoid any add-ons, I ended with both Chrome and IE getting hijacked and so many problems that machine became useless.

Summary

Had just installed new HD on laptop. Previous experience with Core Temp was good. You'll notice right off how deceptive the install process as it attempts to trick you in to installing crap. Even with great care I ended up with a FLOOD of crap that I could not remove. Eventually used 'Restore' to solve problem, and even then had to remove remnants of adware. Both Chrome and IE got hijacked by this stuff. Wasted hours in removing everything. Too bad as this is a great gadget and previous experience was good. At this point I would not touch it at all until I was 100% certain that it is safe to install. Very bad experience ... and just after I had installed a new HD ... Damn!

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5 stars

"Deny ALL adware"

January 30, 2015  |  By andrew.boss.71

 |  Version: Core Temp Gadget 2.7

Pros

Does exactly what it says it does

Cons

Comes with adware, which could be potential malware. DENY or SKIP ALL the free software it comes with.

Summary

I just downloaded this yesterday, it's fine as long as you skip or refuse all the free additional software as you are installing Core Temp. I accidentally accepted BoBrowser but skipped all the others. I recently uninstalled BoBroswer (you have to uncheck "all application to run" in the icons portion on the right-hand side in order to uninstall it successfully, otherwise it will say that a window is open and cannot be uninstalled) so it shouldn't be an issue any more, since BoBrowser itself isn't malicious.

Ignore all the drama queens on this sight. If you accept the adware, then yes- you will have problems. Otherwise, it's a very handy tool.

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1 stars

"WARNING: Installer is Malware"

January 03, 2015  |  By MarcusCaspius

 |  Version: Core Temp Gadget 2.7

Pros

Was great - now I hate!

Cons

The installer installs a truck load of junk onto your PC that you cannot get remove.

Summary

It's terrible.

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1 stars

"Do not install this program !"

December 16, 2014  |  By tbgoog

 |  Version: Core Temp Gadget 2.7

Pros

none. the old version of the prog is gone and the new owner turned it into malware heaven !

Cons

WARNING: DO NOT INSTALL THIS PROGRAM !!

I downloaded cpu temp from http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/ and I got a whole lot junkware on my system: a bobrowser and a magic program called hpui.exe that restarted automatically when killed.... unbelievable !

There are only two programs that can remove this junk from your system: anti-malware bytes mamba and adwcleaner.

good luck !!


try to avoid this headache if you can.

Summary

This is junk, junk, junk.
Stay away from it.

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1 stars

"classical example of crapware"

November 03, 2014  |  By User881

 |  Version: Core Temp Gadget 2.7

Pros

none, trust me.

Cons

1. CNET Editors' Rating 5.0 stars Spectacular. ***?!
2. lol at dudes (most likely one) trying to explain in comments, that you can opt out from malware. ye, you can, just opt not to install this.

Summary

afik - i will not download anything else from cnet.com, and will recommend other people to do the same and stay out from spectacular 5 star crapware with free offerings.

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1 stars

"Do not install. It contains a Trojan horse"

October 07, 2014  |  By jorgecalder

 |  Version: Core Temp Gadget 2.7

Pros

I did not even install it

Cons

Even though I downloaded this app directly from alcpu.com, AVG AntiVirus says the setup file contains the MalSign.Generic.2E0

AVG states "Trojan horse Generic is a malicious application that allows hackers to remotely access you computer system letting them modify files, steal personal information and install more unwanted software."

Summary

Do NOT install. It contains MalSign.Generic.2E0

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1 stars

"Bundled with MALWARE"

September 21, 2014  |  By DigitalBlade

 |  Version: Core Temp Gadget 2.7

Pros

None, no good developer that will bundle it with malicious software. It might have been good without the malware, but that's irrelevant.

Cons

It installs YTDownloader (for which there is no option to opt out under advanced install - you can opt out of other seemingly harmless ones (which I did).

It takes over your browsers (changes home page/search engine EVEN after you try to switch back), makes multiple changes to registry, creates scheduled tasks to auto re-install if you uninstall it, and is just an all-around nightmare to clean up.

DO NOT INSTALL the .exe version

Summary

DO NOT INSTALL. Too bad there's no way to report to CNET, having "CNET Secure Download" for this is misleading

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5 stars

"Awesome program!"

May 23, 2014  |  By mrmiran

 |  Version: Core Temp Gadget 2.7

Pros

Graph shows temperature over time, numbers on the task bar show the temperature for each core in real time. The desktop widget also shows your processor type, clockspeed, and RAM used.

Cons

PLEASE read when you install software! Don't blindly click "accept" on things! READ! Just go to "advanced settings" when you install it and un-select the extra software so it doesn't install any adware. READ any pop-ups that show up on your screen! Don't blame the programmer! This is a Cnet issue. I hate sneaky stuff like that.

Summary

Saved my wife's laptop from an early death! We have birds... Cockatiels, to be specific, and they produce a lot of dander and dust. The computer fan sucks all that right into the computer and over time it begins running hotter and hotter. We dust and vacuum regularly, but the dust in the computer has to be blown out from time to time. This program lets us now LONG before it is a problem! I highly recommend it!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.7
  • New: Option to change from the default Navy Blue background.
  • New: Support for multiprocessor systems, the gadget will list all cores in the system.
  • New: User defined minimum temperature value when graphs are in temperature mode.
  • Fixed: Spacing issues when zoom is less than 100% and gadget is on the right.
General
Publisher ALCPU
Publisher web site http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/
Release Date August 22, 2011
Date Added September 07, 2011
Version 2.7
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Gadgets & Widgets
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 405.29KB
File Name CoreTempGadget.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 502,201
Downloads Last Week 1,967
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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