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Toolwiz Time Freeze

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Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
out of 32 votes out of 2 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0.0.2000
  • Total Downloads:
    45,364
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 20, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.85MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    56
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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No doubt you suspect your Windows PC of hidden talents, and one of the coolest is virtualization. It clones your system, creating fully working copies that you can use normally (or abnormally) without risking your "real" system. Toolwiz Time Freeze makes virtualization very easy to use. It can also protect your files and folders from changes and provide password protection.

Time Freeze has a simple interface for starting and stopping its main features as well as adding files to the File Protection feature (Time Freeze warns not to include Windows system files) and enabling password protection or changing your password. There's a small, optional "toolbar" that merely displays the program's status on the desktop, but it's helpful if you switch between modes a lot. Most of the time, the program's system tray icon handles all the action.

Except for the toolbar and system tray, there's no indication when Time Freeze's virtual system is active, except for a very slight performance lag that will be familiar to anyone who's messed around with virtual machines; it's nothing serious or even annoying, but you can feel it. We ran CCleaner, deleted the files it found, and then exited Time Freeze. The program has two exit options: reject all changes, which requires a reboot, or accept all changes, which can take a minute or two. We chose the first option, but our BIOS called a boot error when none of our disks showed up. Hmm! A hard reboot called up Checkdisk, which found no errors, and Windows opened normally, though our Google preferences had disappeared and our desktop background was corrupted. But when we ran CCleaner, the files we'd deleted in protected mode were still there, so Time Freeze did its primary job. A second run-through also caused a boot failure. But we had no problems when we exited Time Freeze while accepting all changes, or with the File Protection feature.

Despite a few bugs, we really like what Time Freeze is doing here, taking advantage of your system's built-in but little-used capabilities to offer a truly useful new feature. It's a work in progress, but worth keeping an eye on.

 
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5 stars

"ToolWiz TIME FREEZE offers AWESOME PC Protection."

June 25, 2016  |  By prston

2016-06-25 12:40:06  |  By prston

 |  Version: Toolwiz Time Freeze 3.0.0.2000

Pros

***** Time Freeze offers one of the best methods for protecting your PC from harmful changes caused by bad software installations or malware. It provides a temporary 'self-contained' environment whereby any changes to your PC disappear when you exit Time Freeze.
***** Time Freeze is a mature software (at version 4.x.x) that is safe and stable.
***** Time Freeze is incredibly simple to use for novices.

Cons

Time Freeze virtual environment does not survive a reboot of your PC. That is bad when you use Time Freeze to install and test a software that requires a reboot after its installation.

Summary

Time Freeze has saved my PC more than once over the years. I consider it an essential tool for trying out 'free' software that may or may not have hidden malware. Also, when visiting new websites, it saves my PC from catching any malware from those websites.

Updated on Jun 25, 2016

UPDATE: CNET Does NOT Download Most CURRENT Version 4.3.1.5 of Time Freeze

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3 stars

"Okay only in the beginning"

May 16, 2015  |  By paulmck9

2015-05-16 12:26:23  |  By paulmck9

 |  Version: Toolwiz Time Freeze 3.0.0.2000

Pros

Simple to use and install

Cons

Took up too much space on disk, made computer run slower, had problems rebooting.

Summary

In the beginning when I first installed it the program was working fine, but then I noticed a slowdown of my machine and a lessening of space in my computer. Hard reset was used many times when computer left idle. Had to uninstall; tested w/ similar programs to see if it was a hardware issue (ie Reboot restore rx) and didn't find anything.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.0.0.2000
Version 3.0.0.2000: 1. Fixed the folder exclusion issue. 2. Updated the kernel engine and better support for SSD. 3. Fixed other minor bugs. 4. Updated the EULA, now the SDK is free all.
General
Publisher Toolwiz Software
Publisher web site http://www.toolwiz.com
Release Date November 19, 2014
Date Added November 20, 2014
Version 3.0.0.2000
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.85MB
File Name Setup_Timefreeze.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 45,364
Downloads Last Week 56
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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