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    • 3 star: 1
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    • 1 star: 3
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  • 1.0 stars

    "It doesnt stop to block sites"

    March 10, 2014  |   By Andoron

    Version: SelfRestraint 0.1b

    Pros

    It works after some changes in your antivir-program.

    Cons

    It doesnt stop. The sites remain blocked.

    Summary

    I would like to get some help, because im pretty angry. This ****** program doesnt stop to block the sites, although the time is over.
    Dont use it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works great for Internet Explorer"

    December 29, 2013  |   By ladymermaid

    Version: SelfRestraint 0.1b

    Pros

    It blocked all of the sites I gave it.

    Cons

    you have to have a link to the exe program on your desktop, it does not download onto your computer permanently, you have to re-load it every time you want to use it. Biggest problem for me is that it does not work on Mozilla which is the only browser I use.

    Summary

    I tried using this and was confused why it was not working on all of the sites on Mozilla, than I opened up Internet explorer instead and found that it worked great on there, but I never use Explorer so it's pretty useless to me:-/

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't work."

    August 7, 2013  |   By belvedia

    Version: SelfRestraint 0.1b

    Pros

    Absolutely none.

    Cons

    Doesn't work. At all.

    Summary

    The program pops up, asks for a time and websites to block. It then fails to block anything. A pop-up states there's a new version out, and the website the supposed new version is on then fails to load. I can't seem to find a single distraction-blocking program that actually works. What a piece of junk.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great premise; works as advertised; slows down word?"

    February 16, 2013  |   By Take0utwastaken

    Version: SelfRestraint 0.1b

    Pros

    My productivity has increased markedly since I literally block every website I tend to browse for fun or out of interest or boredom (news, games, social). With no instant gratification close at hand, I am forced to get back to churning out pages for my master's dissertation until the timer is up. It's extremely helpful because whereas other distractions have more substantial obstacles (starting up a game, turning on the TV), when you open a web browser to do work, it is quite easy to just open a news site at the same time while waiting for our page to load. It's like having your office at the pub and your administrative assistant as your best friend -- hard to compartmentalize without some heavy-handed help. The fact is writing this entry is the only distraction I've had since I downloaded the program 2 nights ago.

    Cons

    If you close the windows with the timer up it seems to keep running in your processes. I know it says not to do that specifically, but it happened and I imagine other people will do the same without reading the instructions and fiddling with the program. In any case, it slowed down my computer rather a bit, and I just had word open. For reference, my computer is built to run games from the last 3 years.

    I haven't experienced any trouble since booting back up thoguh.

    Summary

    Fantastic. Just read this article if you need more convincing on the utility of blocking out internet distractions:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/9522845/Shutting-out-a-world-of-digital-distraction.html

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great for finals week"

    December 11, 2012  |   By Dicostaz

    Version: SelfRestraint 0.1b

    Pros

    As an easily distracted college student studying for finals, this program is a godsend. It effectively removes 90% of the distractions I have while studying on my computer and is incredibly simple. Just pick what sites you want blocked, how long you want to remain focused for, click a button, and you're stopped from accessing any distracting sites.

    Cons

    Occasionally, SelfRestraint has trouble blocking Facebook. However, with pretty much every other site I frequent blocked, Facebook becomes a lot easier to ignore.

    Summary

    Incredibly helpful, especially during finals. No complaints. Just knowing that my favorite sites are mostly inaccessible is enough to keep me from even attempting to go on them. Not only does it seem to literally block you from being distracted, but it provides a psychological edge as well. Well, for me at least. Everyone's different. Either way, it's incredibly useful and highly recommended. Also, mine seemed to download the .exe file straight to my Downloads folder and needed no installation. Not sure how it'll turn out for others, but if you have trouble finding the installation file, there may not even be one.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Cannot find where this program is installed"

    September 1, 2012  |   By JSharke

    Version: SelfRestraint 0.1b

    Pros

    It works as advertised

    Cons

    When it installs it doesn't make any start menu entries, doesn't put a shortcut on the desktop, and I can't find it's installation folder anywhere. Have looked in both 32-bit and 64-bit program folders, nothing there. There are no installation options. Program starts upon install, but once I closed it I could find no way of starting it up again. Have looked everywhere. What is the point of releasing a program, if you're going to hide it from the user?

    Summary

    I'd like to be able to use this program, but I simply cannot find it anywhere on my hard drive. Therefore it is 100% useless.

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