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Smart Screensaver Stopper

By W2 Software Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
Though this program is intended to prevent screensaver activation, it's marred by functionality issues. Smart Screensaver Stopper's mundane interface is straightforward but offers meager options for enabling and disabling the program and specifying a CPU usage limit. In theory, this could be a time-saver over going to Display Properties, but Smart Screensaver Stopper wasn't able to deliver, and in multiple tests it couldn't override the screensaver. Smart Screensaver Stopper's one positive point is that it's free, but with its faulty performance it still isn't worth the download.

Full Specifications

What's new in version

Version changes the way the application stops the screensaver.


Release November 7, 2008
Date Added March 27, 2007

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista


Total Downloads 1,874
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

Stop screensaver launching, explicitly or by percent CPU currently in use--instant or average. Helpful if some automated tasks take a lot of CPU. If these tasks, in conjunction with a CPU hungry screensaver, run at the same time, the CPU gets maxed. This app will allow the system to "intelligently" determine whether the screensaver should present, allowing the former task to run without having its cycles chewed up by a screeensaver.

Version changes the way the application stops the screensaver.