Earth Alerts

Earth Alerts


Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 96 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2014.1.32
File Size:
5.75MB
Date Added:
April 09, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
97,012
Downloads Last Week:
87
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5

Editors' review

Earth Alerts lets you monitor extreme weather and other natural occurrences from all over the world through its streamlined interface. Once you configure this tool, you'll always know ahead of time when a hurricane may be on its way or when there's a good chance of a tornado in your area.

Pros

Extensive information: Through this app, you can find out all about what's going on in the world, as well as that's going on right in your neighborhood. You can add specific locations to monitor, and you can also browse the list of warnings from other areas around the world. Selecting an alert brings up a detailed explanation of what's going on at the moment, and you can also follow links at the bottom of the page to the Web sites of the National Hurricane Center, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Types of alerts: When you've entered a location or locations that you'd like to monitor, you can also configure alerts, so you'll be notified when something is going on in your area. Options include Visual and Sound alerts for the computer, or you can choose to send the alerts straight to your mobile device.

Cons

Locators: The Zip Code and City locator didn't always work during our tests. The program is set up in such a way that, if these search features don't work, you can't enter the location you wanted to. There is no option to manually add a location to your list.

Automatic start: Earth Alerts automatically starts when your computer turns on. While you may want this some of the time, it would be nice if you had the ability to turn this feature off.

Bottom Line

Earth Alerts is an innovative free program that brings up all sorts of data on weather and other natural phenomena and consolidates it. Especially if you live in an area prone to some of the weather and other events tracked through the app, this is a nice program to have on hand.

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  • All Versions:

    3.5

    out of 96 votes

    • 5 star: 31
    • 4 star: 29
    • 3 star: 10
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 19
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  • 5 stars

    "One of the better weather monitoring software packages"

    January 17, 2014   |   By davejyd

    Version: Earth Alerts 2013.2.28

    Pros

    Earth Alerts allows you to monitor multiple areas by zip code, city, county, etc. But, unlike other weather monitors that also do this, Earth Alerts is the only one I have found that will sound an alert for All monitored sites. It will not only monitor severe weather, but also earthquakes, hurricanes, fires - basically anything "natural". Starts with my PC, opens to an icon, sounds alerts - all in all a pretty versatile program to have

    Cons

    It does have a slightly difficult user interface, and, if not careful you can undo all of your settings by clicking on the wrong selection. It sometimes will not look up by zip code. It also updates multiple times (sometimes 2-3 times in a week) - however the updates are all free, and do keep the software running smoothly.

    Summary

    All in all a pretty versatile software, especially if you need to monitor weather in multiple areas - great for home and business, and is always free. They also have a Google Earth version in preliminary beta - would like to see that working fully (imagine - LIVE weather on your screen!)

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  • 1 stars

    "I WILL NOT RUN IT BECAUSE OF MALWARE!!!"

    July 17, 2013   |   By Stan002

    Version: Earth Alerts 2013.1.148

    Pros

    I WILL NOT RUN IT BECAUSE OF MALWARE!!!

    Cons

    LOTS OF MALWARE WITH THIS DOWNLOAD. DO NOT DOWNLOAD!!!

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  • 1 stars

    "Horrific application"

    June 24, 2013   |   By   

    Version: Earth Alerts 2013.1.142

    Pros

    * Absolutely none

    Cons

    * Horrible--and I mean a truly horrible and idiotic--interface
    * Error messages generated by the .NET compiler abound
    * Forces you to download alerts for the entire planet
    * Leaves garbage behind after "uninstall"

    Summary

    A horror show; the worst application I've encountered in years.

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  • 5 stars

    "Very, very good for traveler."

    February 02, 2013   |   By kriddle1

    Version: Earth Alerts 2013.1.14

    Pros

    Gives timely information for locations all over the world.

    Cons

    No "cons" to report.

    Summary

    Highly recommended for people who travel far and often.

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  • 5 stars

    "IT's Great and I use it on all of my Windows PC's."

    January 17, 2013   |   By hokester

    Version: Earth Alerts 2013.1.12

    Pros

    Keeps me up to date on what is happening here close and around the World.

    Cons

    Slow on start up.

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  • 1 stars

    "I cancelled it"

    December 25, 2012   |   By g-fon

    Version: Earth Alerts 2012.1.174

    Pros

    only good for world conditions or big city

    Cons

    Does nothing for the area I live and gives no info, no need for this when there are others that are more usefull

    Summary

    no need

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  • 3 stars

    "Not Bad program BUT............"

    December 23, 2012   |   By Terry-Dawe

    Version: Earth Alerts 2012.1.174

    Pros

    It's nice to check the weather map and see what is happening around the rest of the world.

    Cons

    I would have given this five stars if it didn't try to sneak in a bunch of other programs on install. I know this is how they get compensated but give us fair warning! IT WAS HORRIBLE! IF YOU ARE INSTALLING FOR THE FIRST TIME BEWARE OF ALL THE "EXTRAS" THEY TRY AND PUSH ON YOU!

    Summary

    This is a nifty program that gives you your local weather and you can even program weather areas for where your family and friends live. The HUGE downside is as what I have stated. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME. I would rather donate $5.00-$10.00 then go through all that crap during installation.

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  • 1 stars

    "Annoying & Invasive"

    December 12, 2012   |   By BenMacIT

    Version: Earth Alerts 2012.1.158

    Pros

    Not many as I try to kill it as soon as it starts (almost Impossible)

    Cons

    A most annoying program that is hard to kill off. There is nowhere that you can instruct the program not to load. Obviously the programmer thinks his program is the most important program anyone could possibly want! Such conceit! It doesn't even highlight the fires which are threatening property and homes where I live or around it within 1000 miles. Totally useless!

    Summary

    I am an Emergency Services Worker in Fire, and I have several programs which are far more important than this crap. But they don't try to take over my computer as this one does.

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  • 1 stars

    "DOES NOT WORK"

    December 02, 2012   |   By kc0zvr

    Version: Earth Alerts 2012.1.130

    Pros

    it's neat looking

    Cons

    it doesn't update, when you miniminize it you can not bring it back to fullscreen and it won't update.

    Summary

    Wait for updates, this looks like a VERY good program, but right now it's not a good one. Wait for a few updates and try it again'

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  • 2 stars

    "Very invasive to home computer."

    November 03, 2012   |   By prstevens

    Version: Earth Alerts 2012.1.82

    Pros

    Good to fair interface.

    Cons

    Installed toolbars and invasive cookies not mentioned in the install program. Slowed down all browsers by 27% average. Deleted and uninstalled 8 hours after first run. I work from home on my computer and cannot afford to let my customers daa be endangered by a program like this.

    Summary

    As above.

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