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Don't Panic

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Boss keys, aka boss buttons or panic buttons, have probably been around about an hour longer than computers--long enough for the first bored programmer to write the first string of code to clear the screen whenever the boss strolls by. And just think: they had no Web sites, no games, no chatting--none of today's distractions, which demand so much more time and effort. So we were tickled silly to see Don't Panic. It's a free application that can open, close, or hide multiple applications with a single button.

Don't Panic's interface has two modes: a small window with a panic button and File, Tools, and Help menus; and a Panic Mode that minimizes the program to a rectangular, semi-opaque panic button near the system tray. The File menu merely accesses an Exit button, but the Help menu offered not just Help and About files but also links for reporting bugs, requesting features, and other contacts. The Tools menu accesses the Panic Mode as well as a tabbed Options dialog that configures everything from opacity and updates to software actions such as whether to terminate processes (fast but messy) or close them (slower but safer) or to force the hiding of selected software. Don't Panic offers other stealth options, too, including deleting all shortcuts from the Recent Files folder and clearing your IE browsing history. We could also change the default hot key combination, though Don't Panic recommends testing manually entered combos since some might not work.

The true test of a boss button is how well it works, and Don't Panic worked perfectly. Tabs labeled Close (Hide) and Run let us browse to programs to close or run when Don't Panic is activated, including a Blacklist option. We browsed to a program to hide, entered it, and then repeated the process with a program to run. We saved our choices, pressed the panic button, and two things happened almost simultaneously: our open program closed, and our closed program opened. Don't Panic proved to be one of the best apps of its type we've seen.

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1 stars

"doesn't like Win 7 x64"

August 22, 2014  |  By Tryumph

2014-08-22 18:28:14  |  By Tryumph

 |  Version: Don't Panic


--great idea
--frequent updates


couldn't get it to work on Win 7 x64.
I downloaded v. (a very old version that's been frequently updated -- don't know why cnet only has this version.) At launch, program offered to install newest version (3.xx) which downloaded and installed VERY fast.
Everything seemed fine until I got to the settings. You need to choose which apps will be hidden or force-closed, using a standard navigational process.
But when I navigated to the folder(s) for those apps, the program did not recognize any of them (the .exe versions). And if you can't choose the apps, the program is useless. Tried again with the original version, and it had the same problem.
So I think the issue is 64-bit version of Win 7, because I assume the developers tested it against Win 7 32-bit. I haven't tried installing the program under compatibility mode (Vista or XP), so maybe that will work.


nice idea, but apparently no go for Win 7 x64.

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5 stars

"it's NOT a virus... it's the compression of the executable (with PECompact)"

December 31, 2007

2007-12-31 08:48:29

 |  Version: Don't Panic 1.2 Build 445


Some antivirus software give a false-positive because of the fact that the executable of the software is compressed with PECompact.

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1 stars

"had a virus when I download "

September 30, 2007  |  By micmccf

2007-09-30 04:31:06  |  By micmccf

 |  Version: Don't Panic 1.1.0 Build 340


could not tell


could not tell

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Full Specifications

What's new in version
Version brings bug fixes and new features.
Publisher Tundrea Adrian-Costin
Publisher web site
Release Date February 03, 2015
Date Added February 05, 2015
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
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File Size 1.16MB
File Name Dont_Panic_v3.1.0.30_x86_Setup.exe
Total Downloads 8,622
Downloads Last Week 7
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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