Switch Off

Switch Off

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 199 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.5.0.950
  • Total Downloads:
    1,044,091
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 23, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    240.16KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    490
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Switch Off allows you to program your computer to shut down, sleep, or otherwise change status modes at certain predetermined times. You can fully customize the app's settings to give you pinpoint control over your computer.

Pros

Non-resource intensive: Switch Off is lightweight software that doesn't intrude into your system.

Straightforward operations: The menus and options in Switch Off are easy to navigate and set up. You select when you want your computer to sleep, log off, or turn off, with a single click.

Automation options: The nice thing about the automation is that you can set it to work according to your work schedule.

Cons

Redundant in many ways: The main problem with this app is it's essentially replicating a feature already present in modern Windows operations systems. You can already use the native task manager to schedule similar types of shutdowns.

Bottom Line

If you're worried about power consumption, Switch Off is a great way to reduce your usage. However, you can achieve the same function by using options already built into the OS.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Simple, lightweight and free!"

November 06, 2014  |  By dmark2000

 |  Version: Switch Off 3.5.0.950

Pros

Easy to install and use. Does exactly what I want it to do.
What else should I want from shutdown timer?

Cons

None i can mention.

Summary

Used it for ages. Glad it is still updated by the author.

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1 stars

"WATCH OUT, IT'S DANGEROUS"

August 13, 2014  |  By Tarec88

 |  Version: Switch Off 3.4.2

Pros

People say it works. Of course if you manage to not delete half of your system settings.

Cons

Terribly implemented, incredible potential of wiping your crucial data

Summary

The program on uninstallation LITERALLY deletes ALL the files in the folder you installed it in.

My story: I was installing it, choose to change destination folder, but then I realized the default path was fine, so I cancelled it and clicked "Next". I noticed, that the path has changed from Program Files folder to my User folder (the one in documents and settings). A bit of a rush from my side, since I wasn't expecting it to change. After that I wanted to uninstall and install it again? It took 0.5s to install, so after 15s of uninstalling I got suspicious. I looked at the fille names being deleted and those looked familiar. I realized I'm getting TONS of free space on my C drive. After I killed the process asap, 3/4th of my user folder was GONE. It wiped out all of my photos, documents, apps settings etc and trust me when I say I'm a person, who really takes care of those and back them up every system reinstall.

I'm a programmer myself and I can't imagine how dumb its author can be. It's absolutely unacceptable. DO NO INSTALL THAT AMATEUR HARMFULL APP, no matter how much you need it.

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3 stars

"It Didn't Force My Running Apps To Make My PC Sleep"

February 03, 2014  |  By ajie_kurniyawan

 |  Version: Switch Off 3.4.1

Pros

Simple and User Friendly

Cons

Forcing running application not working

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1 stars

"When unistalling it starts to delete Program Files dir."

November 19, 2013  |  By TilenC

 |  Version: Switch Off 3.4.1

Pros

none, no, no, none

Cons

When i started the uninstall it started to delete all of my folders in my Program files alphabetically. At first i didnt think much of it but when i started seeing the names of programs and their files in the uninstall window and the process kept on for longer than a minute i wanted to press cancel, but that wasn't an option so i shut down the comp. It deleted every folder to the letter M, so now i have to install Mathlab and a bunch of other programs that i am not sure which ones they were again. Please comment if you experienced the same issue. Regards, Tilen

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3 stars

"stopped working hung on blue shut down screen"

June 27, 2013  |  By philipsaid

 |  Version: Switch Off 3.4.1

Pros

did work great until this error happened

Cons

after a few months computer began to hang on the blue shut down screen
i tried re-installing the switch off software but the fault continued
i removed the program and tried another called winmend now it works fine maybe your meant to pay after a some period

Summary

interested to see if it happens to others

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5 stars

"Great, safe, fast"

May 07, 2013  |  By Joe_the_Geek

 |  Version: Switch Off 3.4.1

Pros

Doesn't get in the way of your computer system

Cons

Wish there was a log of shutdown events

Summary

Sometimes the least complicated programs for your PC are the best, and Switch Off is one of those. It's easy to configure and isn't a big, ugly resource hog. It does one thing and it does it very well. I like to use it to automatically turn off the computer after a long virus scan or when I'm backing my my files. You set the timer for less than it takes for your task to complete, uncheck the "force applications to close" box, and
Switch Off will shut down your computer once the job is complete. Cool.

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3 stars

"Does what it says"

April 23, 2013  |  By philphil61

 |  Version: Switch Off 3.4.1

Pros

Simple to use and easily adjustable to most needs

Cons

Having the occasion blip running Win7 whereby it has crashed a few times.. once whilst I had set to sleep the pc and fell asleep "at the wheel" so to speak... I woke up 7hrs later to find the pc still up and wide awake.. unlike me. I haven't had time to re-install or check why it crashed the few times so don't judge this as too negative

Summary

If you want a small tool to shutdown/reboot/sleep etc etc at a specific time or after a certain time.. it's far easier than messing with task scheduler

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3 stars

"simple and light weight utility"

November 12, 2012  |  By jackie189

 |  Version: Switch Off 3.4.1

Pros

does what it is meant to do.

Cons

limited features nothing fancy.

Summary

good as a basic timer but if you want some features and rules try http://sourceforge.net/projects/pcdown/

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2 stars

"Works well but then can't adjust settings."

May 04, 2012  |  By Xan-Go

 |  Version: Switch Off 3.4.1

Pros

As a daily shut off tool, it works.

Cons

Problem is that once timer is set once, it can never be accessed again. The only way that I can figure out how to change the settings on the timer are to uninstall and then download a new version. This is a hassle every time you want to make a simple adjustment to the program.

Summary

Wish there was an easier way to do something as SIMPLE as access the programs parameters without having to uninstall entire program and download a new version.

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5 stars

"Works exactly as I wanted it to."

December 20, 2011  |  By tom_eads

 |  Version: Switch Off 3.4.1

Pros

Windows XP-SP3: Does what I wanted it to do. Scheduled it to shutdown every night at midnight. When I start up the next afternoon, it loads perfectly as a service and remembers my settings. Zero problems with install and super easy GUI.

Cons

None for me.

Summary

100% kick butt ... error free and $ free. What's not to like?

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.5.0.950
Version 3.5.0.950 features licensing change (free for any use), installer improvements (languages, safe uninstall), few bug fixes.
General
Publisher Airytec
Publisher web site http://www.airytec.com
Release Date January 26, 2015
Date Added October 23, 2014
Version 3.5.0.950
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Automation Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 240.16KB
File Name swoff351.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,044,091
Downloads Last Week 490
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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