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By Coruscant Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
Though it lacks the comprehensive features of more robust monitoring utilities, SimpleActivityLogger tracks basic system operations and costs nothing. The program employs a small, basic, Windows-style interface to set up monitoring options. After that, you work with a basic text file of results. SimpleActivityLogger tracks system start and shutdown, shell start, user logon and logoff, computer lock and unlock, and screensaver start and stop. You can't, however, set it to monitor any particular application. The log file is not password-protected, and it's easily opened with any text reader. Note that this is not a keylogger nor a spy program. Though it works in the background and can't be detected using the Task Manager, it's not invisible to intermediate or power users. The publisher suggests using it to track billable hours or monitor a shared computer, though it's probably not the best choice for either task. We can't think of anyone who would need this precise set of features, but SimpleActivityLogger is a reasonable choice for anyone who does.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0

Version 3.0:
  • Now logs to the Windows Event Log rather than a text file.
  • Many new events are logged.
  • Complete overhaul of the GUI application.
  • Much improved offline help.
  • Various bug fixes and improvements.


Release April 6, 2020
Date Added April 6, 2020
Version 3.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

SimpleActivityLogger is a Windows service that records the following events to the Windows Event Log: System Startup & Shutdown; Power events (suspend, hibernate, resume); User Logon & Logoff; User presence; Console Lock & Unlock; Screen Saver start & stop; Monitor Power on & off; Fast User Switch. There is also a small GUI application that allows the user to view the event log and append user events to it.

SimpleActivityLogger is most useful for people who need to track their computer usage during the course of a day, perhaps for billing / timesheet purposes. It is also useful for tracking the usage of a shared computer. However, it is not a covert 'spy' program and makes no attempt to disguise itself.

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