Returnil System Safe Free 2011 - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com

Returnil System Safe Free 2011

CNET Editors' review

Returnil System Safe Free 2011 is a free PC security suite based on a premium software package. It includes the basics, including virus and malware protection and its Virtual Mode feature, a virtualization technology that isolates your PC from threats. In addition to the reduced-function free version, Returnil is also available as a fully functional 30-day trial version. The free version lacks features such as the automatic system rollback feature, remote online management, and free technical support. More significantly, it disables the File Manager that lets users save files and make changes to their main system from inside Returnil's virtual system. That means you can surf the Internet and use your PC safely, but you can't save any work you do in Virtual Mode.

We needed to reboot our system to finish installing Returnil's setup process. The program does most of what it does in the background, but there are several access points, including an optional floating desktop bar and a system-tray icon, which we right-clicked to call up Returnil's menu. The blue-hued user interface bears a generic resemblance to other security applications and system utilities, with large fonts and plenty of opportunities to upgrade to the paid version. After checking for updates, Returnil scanned our system for threats when we clicked the Start Scan button. The scan was thorough but turned up no major issues, we're glad to say (speaking on behalf of our system). We were most interested in the Virtual Mode, though. We activated Returnil's Virtual Mode, which had no obvious adverse effects in our system or its performance, apart from a slightly longer load time. Inside the VM, we browsed to a Web site normally and saved an image to our desktop in the usual way. We exited the VM, which required a reboot and purges all changes made while in a virtualized environment. Sure enough, after rebooting, our saved image file was gone.

The functional security tools Returnil includes with the free version are certainly valuable, and most of the features it omits can be replaced with other freeware, such as antispam utilities. Of course, you don't need Returnil to create Virtual Machines on a Windows PC; its chief advantage is in making virtualization easy to use. The only real sticking point is the disabled File Manager. Without it, Returnil's Virtual Mode works but is of limited utility.

Publisher's Description

More Products to Consider

  • Malwarebytes Anti-M...
    Detect and quickly remove malicious threats to your computer.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Returnil Virtual Sy...
    Remove PC infections when restarting your machine.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • IObit Malware Fight...
    Scan and remove the deepest malware that your antivirus/antispy...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Ad-Aware Free Antiv...
    Protect your personal computer against virus and spyware attack...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Spybot - Search & D...
    Search your hard disk and Registry for threats to your security...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Avast Free Antiviru...
    Protect your PC against the latest viruses and spyware.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Comodo Firewall
    Guard your Windows PC from malware and Internet based attacks.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • AVG AntiVirus Free ...
    Protect your computer from viruses and malicious programs.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Hotspot Shield
    Provide secure, anonymous, and private browsing on Wi-Fi hotspo...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • SuperAntiSpyware Fr...
    Detect and remove spyware, malware, rootkits, trojans, hijacker...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Stronghold Antiviru...
    Protect your computer from malware.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • RoboForm
    Login everywhere automatically, so you'll never need to remembe...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • 1 Click PC Fix
    Restore performance of your computer with one click of a mouse.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Returnil System Saf...
    Remove viruses from your system by restoring clean versions of ...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Avira Free Antiviru...
    Detect and eliminate viruses, get free protection for home user...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • eBoostr
    Enable users to use an USB flash drive as another layer of perf...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Comodo Internet Sec...
    Protect PC from viruses, Trojans, worms, buffer overflows, zero...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Agnitum Outpost Sec...
    Combine online and offline malware defense and powerful data le...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Saint Andrew's NoVi...
    Upload and scan a file with multiple Antivirus engines.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • PC Doc Pro
    Resolve slow PC problems and fix Windows registry.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • AVG AntiVirus 2014
    Download and exchange files safely, enjoy games and Web surfing...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • PC TuneUp Maestro
    Increase PC performance and enhance PC stability.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Hotspot Shield Elit...
    Secure your connection to public Wi-Fi networks with premium VP...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • SupportDock Free PC...
    Get status report on aspects of computer usage and highlight an...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.5 stars

    out of 109 votes

    • 5 star: 45
    • 4 star: 19
    • 3 star: 12
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 24
  • Current version:

    3.8 stars

    out of 9 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
  • My rating:

    0 stars

    Write review

Results 1-9 of 9

  • 4.0 stars

    "Good Virtual System Technology, but bad Antivirus."

    August 14, 2011  |   By The_Light_Bringer

    Version: Returnil System Safe Free 2011 3.2.10303-REL3

    Pros

    -Creates a clone of your operating system.
    -Allows you to customize your settings.
    -Solid, smooth performance.
    -Self Protection (very important)
    -Easy to understand and install, good usability.
    -Can choose to disable one, or both.

    Cons

    -The Antivirus to put it simple, bites the farm.
    -The file manager is not enabled in this version.
    -Default settings are not optimal.
    -Sometimes has a User Interface glitch where it shows both the virtual and real disks.

    Summary

    If you're using this as your main line anti-virus, then give up. If you want to use this for it's virtual system technology, then you made a good choice. I've never had a virus before or after the installation of this program, but it gave me peace of mind whenever I would allow my family to use my computer.. because I knew that any changes made would be gone on the following boot. Make sure your system's processor supports virtual system technology though, or else it will pose a serious slowdown on your system.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (1) (0)

  • 1.0 stars

    "Not worth as antivirus"

    July 26, 2011  |   By nsk2348

    Version: Returnil System Safe Free 2011 3.2.10303-REL3

    Pros

    only find the virus.

    Cons

    no solution. doesn't remove it.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 3.0 stars

    "A program that is worth looking into"

    July 11, 2011  |   By Mental_Remix

    Version: Returnil System Safe Free 2011 3.2.10303-REL3

    Pros

    Creates a virtual drive allowing you to browse the web,download programs for test use,etc and be secure while doing so

    Cons

    I liked the version a few years ago, was more stable.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (2) (0)

  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome!!!"

    March 13, 2011  |   By Pcramedic

    Version: Returnil System Safe Free 2011 3.2.10303-REL3

    Pros

    It is a way to catch all malware threats, regardless of whether we know about them or not.

    Cons

    It is a somewhat limited version.

    Summary

    This is a must have product, and for those of you who are flagging these reviews down, you are apparently idiots who don't truly know how Returnil works, or you would understand that this is a very good product!

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (4) (2)

  • 2.0 stars

    "Not good for 64-Bit Operating Systems"

    January 26, 2011  |   By Jsch1305

    Version: Returnil System Safe Free 2011 3.2.10303-REL3

    Pros

    I like an use Returnil as it protects my hard drive from any virus attacks and installs. I deliberately tested it, then rebooted my system and everything was well. No residual trace of the viruses existed.

    Cons

    As I recently discovered, this version does not run well on a 64-Bit operating system. I have Windows 7-64 bit, with an Pentium i7 1.6GHz Quad Core processor with 4GB RAM, and this program seriously hampered the speed and operation of my system.

    Summary

    The problems on the 64-bit included programs not loading on bootup, internet not connecting, executables not working, and overall general lagging of the system. The requirements for this does not show if it is compatible with 64-bit or not, and it does not show up in a search for 64-bit security or AV Software.

    It works fine for 32-bit software without lagging or problems.

    Reply to this review Read replies (2)

    Was this review helpful? (3) (0)

  • 5.0 stars

    "Very good idea"

    January 11, 2011  |   By mikcdjace

    Version: Returnil System Safe Free 2011 3.2.10303-REL3

    Pros

    good platform to test new software

    Cons

    I like it very much

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (2) (2)

  • 5.0 stars

    "Perfect way for secure your system"

    December 9, 2010  |   By Neznalek

    Version: Returnil System Safe Free 2011 3.2.10303-REL3

    Pros

    1) It is not about blacklisting known viruses or malware (a thus not to be safe). It is about to be paranoic and be safe.
    2) Works also with regular antivir software.
    3) It does not slow the computer.

    Cons

    In virtual (paranoic) regime you can access your real system only in PRO version (by using the special manager which is not working under FREE verison). In FREE verison you have to use flash disk...

    Summary

    Really "must to have" software.
    Free version is sufficient - all you need is ability to work in virtual system in case of possibly dangerous web browsing (check a suspicious email) or application installing. Just turn on the "virtual mode" and do it. All changes (also installation of software, or downloaded files) will be removed after reboot. If you need to store something just copy it to your flash disk.

    Reply to this review Read reply (1)

    Was this review helpful? (2) (4)

  • 4.0 stars

    "A MUST HAVE !!!!"

    October 30, 2010  |   By gord8166

    Version: Returnil System Safe Free 2011 3.2.10303-REL3

    Pros

    I will never get a virus again!

    Cons

    The whole thing is not free.

    Summary

    The free portion of this program is all you need.DOWNLOAD NOW !!!

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (3) (2)

  • 5.0 stars

    "Do not surf the net without this software."

    October 20, 2010  |   By AviData12

    Version: Returnil System Safe Free 2011 3.2.10303-REL3

    Pros

    SAVED my PC 16 times. It's easy to use ( the newer version is EXCELLENT!!!). No need to worry about virus attacks. I use Returnil and AVIRA Anti-Virus. Also protects you from infected USB's, CD's/DVD's and infected external hard drives.

    Cons

    NOTHING. ( And I'm using the free version ).

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (2) (4)

Results 1-9 of 9

Add Your Review

Log in or create an account to post a review.
You are logged in as . Please submit your review for Returnil System Safe Free 2011 3.2.10303-REL3
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Submit your reply

Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

cancel

E-mail this review

Submit cancel

Report offensive content

If you believe this comment is offensive or violates the CNET's Site Terms of Use, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the comment). Once reported, our staff will be notified and the comment will be reviewed.

Select type of offense:

Offensive: Sexually explicit or offensive language
Spam: Advertisements or commercial links
Disruptive posting: Flaming or offending other users
Illegal activities: Promote cracked software, or other illegal content
Submit cancel

See more CNET content tagged:

Previous Versions:

Error

close

ERROR MESSAGE

If you think this is an error, please contact CNET TechTracker Support for further assistance.

Ok

Running Request

close

loading

Smart Install Software

close

CNET TechTracker will now automatically install software without requiring further action by you. (Note: This feature automatically accepts associated EULAs and third party applications on your behalf.)

You have selected the following software to Smart Install:

CNET TechTracker will attempt to install this software without interrupting you again. If an application requires manual installation, CNET TechTracker will download the installer and prompt you to take further action.

Proceed with Smart Install?

Confirm Standard Install Cancel

Submit a problem report for Returnil System Safe Free 2011

close

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The CNET Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The software contains malware

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Problem Report submitted

close

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK

Installed

Smart Install

About the Download.com Installer

The Download.com Installer securely delivers software from Download.com's servers to your computer. During this process, the Download.com Installer may offer other free applications provided by our partners. All offers are optional: You are not required to install any additional applications to receive the software you selected. Learn more

Returnil System Safe Free 2011