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Predator Free Edition (32-bit)

CNET Editors' review

If you leave your PC unattended and running in a public area, how do you keep people from using it? You have several options, but one of the easiest we've tried is Predator Free. This free security tool locks and unlocks your PC when you remove or insert a USB drive. When your thumbdrive is removed, Predator locks your PC and darkens your screen if anyone tried to use it without entering the password. You can enable passwords for every operation or just once, which adds convenience if you're often away from your desk. It also logs activity and can sound an optional alarm. If you lose your USB drive or don't have it handy, you can still unlock your PC with your password.

Predator Free is available in separate downloads for 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows. To set up the program, you need to create a password and a security key, but it's easy to do. When Predator's monitoring is active, it places an icon in the system tray that lets users Pause or Edit the program, view log files, and access the Preferences, which include password and encryption key tools, alarm options, and Advanced options, including the ability to enable Twitter-based logging. Predator is very easy to use. We removed our USB drive using the Safely Remove Hardware function in Windows, automatically activating the security key in the set time. We started to use the PC, but the screen went completely blank in seconds. Reinserting the USB drive restored our normal functions.

Some of the program's Advanced options are disabled in the free version, such as the splash screen option and Task Manager. But all the essentials are there, plus some useful extras, such as the ability to use your own sound file for an alarm. For office workers who must leave their PCs on but want to limit access, for students in dorms, for families, or for anyone who wants to restrict unattended access to a running PC, try Predator Free.

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  • All versions:

    1.9 stars

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 5
  • Current version:

    1.7 stars

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works Great"

    November 16, 2012  |   By Killswitch1029

    Version: Predator Free Edition (32-bit) 2.4.0.694

    Pros

    It quickly and easily locks your computer by removing the usb stick.

    Cons

    No command line alarm option, so you cant take a picture when someone tries to get on your locked pc.

    Summary

    To anyone who cant get this to work or is claiming its a virus just go to the predator website, search predator usb security in google and it will come up and there is a 32 and 64 bit version there which work fine.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Has a trojan."

    July 31, 2012  |   By xeternalx

    Version: Predator Free Edition (32-bit) 2.4.0.694

    Pros

    It sounds cool.

    Cons

    This download is not a "secure download."

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Won't download to PC/No version for Mac OS X"

    May 17, 2012  |   By missileman120

    Version: Predator Free Edition (32-bit) 2.4.0.694

    Pros

    I wish I knew

    Cons

    Can't use it.

    Summary

    Tried downloading to both PC & MacBook Pro w/ OS X to no avail. I hope the kinks get worked out because it sounds like a great idea, & I'd love to be able to use it especially on my Mac which I use 99% of the time. I'll keep trying in hopes of a fix.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Norton 360 blocks this - and it's not 64 bit"

    May 7, 2012  |   By hrlong87

    Version: Predator Free Edition (32-bit) 2.4.0.694

    Pros

    None - wrong version and blocked as a trojan by Norton 360.

    Cons

    Won't install - see Pros.

    Summary

    I'm going to head to predator's website to try to get the 64 bit version and attempt to bypass Norton, and will update this review after I see how that goes.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Install Version Warning"

    May 7, 2012  |   By HandimanAl

    Version: Predator Free Edition (32-bit) 2.4.0.694

    Pros

    Unknown since it is the wrong version.

    Cons

    The version is for 32-bit systems ONLY. Apparently a 64-bit version is available on the predator.com website. The article fails to mention that fact while implying that BOTH versions are available here. Not a good plan.

    Summary

    Someone at C-Net should have noticed this. I don't know how to rate it because it is wrong version. This should have been noted in the article before I downloaded and unzipped the file. Now I have to delete it. Complete waste of time.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "IT NEEDS OS X COMPATIBILITY!!!!!!!"

    May 6, 2012  |   By Val_Kovalneko97

    Version: Predator Free Edition (32-bit) 2.4.0.694

    Pros

    Nothing. Have not tried it.

    Cons

    Does not have OS X compatibility.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Norton Internet Security 2012 blocked unzip"

    May 4, 2012  |   By Baldspark

    Version: Predator Free Edition (32-bit) 2.4.0.694

    Pros

    It sounded like a neat idea, and I wanted to give it a try.

    Cons

    For what it's worth, Norton Internet Security 2012 would not let me unzip this file. It auto-blocked it and quarantined the zip. It was identified as a low risk Trojan.Gen.2. Link available here if you want more data on what that supposedly means to Norton. http://******/j9t7k

    Summary

    I take a virus warning with a grain of salt, especially when the download comes from a reputable source, but felt like it was prudent to post anyway.

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