System Utilities Tweaking Belarc Advisor

Belarc Advisor Belarc Advisor 9.7 for Windows

by Belarc, Inc.

Avg. Rating 4.4 (519 votes)

File Details

File Size 3.7 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows (All)
Date Added
Total Downloads 131,090
Publisher Belarc, Inc.
Homepage Belarc Advisor

Publisher's Description

Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, including Microsoft Hotfixes, and displays the results in your Web browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any Web server.

Latest Reviews

Zootopia3001

Zootopia3001 reviewed v8.2.7.15 on Jul 24, 2012

Very nice reference snapshot to see what you have for hardware, software and security updates via Microsoft.
My only problem with Belarc is its 'Security Benchmark Score'. If you go by all what they recommend to beef up your PC's security it would end up being practically useless, IMO. If it's a PC at the FBI or something, then I can see the security concerns. For home users, Belarc is out of their minds.

My 'Security Benchmark Score'?: 1.33 of 10. With a score that low I should end up being hit with viruses, trojans, malware, spyware and any other breach left and right, or so one would think, but I'm not getting any of that and never have. Belarc really needs to change how they look at security for the typical home user.

Lsavagejt

Lsavagejt reviewed v8.2.7.15 on Jul 23, 2012

I understand the basic concept, but this thing hurts my brain.

gatorfan95

gatorfan95 reviewed v8.2.7.5 on Feb 27, 2012

Does what it says it will, nothing more. I'm not sure where people like Jcookies are getting it advises you to change anything..it merely maps your system. Makes me think they never actually used the program.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v8.2.7.2 on Jan 11, 2012

Never had issues with it. There are alternatives but Belarc is fine.

methuselah

methuselah reviewed v8.1.16.2 on Oct 15, 2010

Very useful tool. Similar to the old Aida32.

war593122

war593122 reviewed v8.1.16.1 on Oct 4, 2010

Portable version sure would be nice.

Dana1

Dana1 reviewed v8.1.16.0 on Sep 16, 2010

From Quote "TomWibbaert

Reviewing 8.1.13.5 (Jul 14, 2010)

Enormously overrated and overhyped tool.
What Jcookies says is actually correct, some well known Anti-Virus
product will go nuts if you set everything up as this tool advices you."

I do not know where he gets his info as this software does not tell you anything about changing settings. It is just a great piece of software to have. A must really. Gives you all your sys info, licences, as well as all your software. There is nowhere a setting that tells you to change anything.

TomWibbaert

TomWibbaert reviewed v8.1.13.5 on Jul 14, 2010

Enormously overrated and overhyped tool.
What Jcookies says is actually correct, some well known Anti-Virus
product will go nuts if you set everything up as this tool advices you.

gsteele

gsteele reviewed v8.1.8.0 on Dec 28, 2009

The best program around for reviewing software in your PC.

henrypeck

henrypeck reviewed v8.1.8.0 on Dec 28, 2009

Excellent program for reviewing your PC. Obviously Jcookes doesn't have all cookies.

Avg. Rating 4.4 (519 votes)
Your Rating
Zootopia3001

Zootopia3001 reviewed v8.2.7.15 on Jul 24, 2012

Very nice reference snapshot to see what you have for hardware, software and security updates via Microsoft.
My only problem with Belarc is its 'Security Benchmark Score'. If you go by all what they recommend to beef up your PC's security it would end up being practically useless, IMO. If it's a PC at the FBI or something, then I can see the security concerns. For home users, Belarc is out of their minds.

My 'Security Benchmark Score'?: 1.33 of 10. With a score that low I should end up being hit with viruses, trojans, malware, spyware and any other breach left and right, or so one would think, but I'm not getting any of that and never have. Belarc really needs to change how they look at security for the typical home user.

Lsavagejt

Lsavagejt reviewed v8.2.7.15 on Jul 23, 2012

I understand the basic concept, but this thing hurts my brain.

gatorfan95

gatorfan95 reviewed v8.2.7.5 on Feb 27, 2012

Does what it says it will, nothing more. I'm not sure where people like Jcookies are getting it advises you to change anything..it merely maps your system. Makes me think they never actually used the program.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v8.2.7.2 on Jan 11, 2012

Never had issues with it. There are alternatives but Belarc is fine.

methuselah

methuselah reviewed v8.1.16.2 on Oct 15, 2010

Very useful tool. Similar to the old Aida32.

war593122

war593122 reviewed v8.1.16.1 on Oct 4, 2010

Portable version sure would be nice.

Dana1

Dana1 reviewed v8.1.16.0 on Sep 16, 2010

From Quote "TomWibbaert

Reviewing 8.1.13.5 (Jul 14, 2010)

Enormously overrated and overhyped tool.
What Jcookies says is actually correct, some well known Anti-Virus
product will go nuts if you set everything up as this tool advices you."

I do not know where he gets his info as this software does not tell you anything about changing settings. It is just a great piece of software to have. A must really. Gives you all your sys info, licences, as well as all your software. There is nowhere a setting that tells you to change anything.

TomWibbaert

TomWibbaert reviewed v8.1.13.5 on Jul 14, 2010

Enormously overrated and overhyped tool.
What Jcookies says is actually correct, some well known Anti-Virus
product will go nuts if you set everything up as this tool advices you.

gsteele

gsteele reviewed v8.1.8.0 on Dec 28, 2009

The best program around for reviewing software in your PC.

henrypeck

henrypeck reviewed v8.1.8.0 on Dec 28, 2009

Excellent program for reviewing your PC. Obviously Jcookes doesn't have all cookies.

improvelence

improvelence reviewed v8.1.2.0 on Sep 30, 2009

Great program, contrary to what jcooks said, it makes no changes to your system. Dont listen to reviewers like him. jcooks is the same guy that said "Internet TV has never worked decently, and will never work either.", along with many other wasted useless comments. I am watching internet TV right now by the way, I watch hulu and many other offerings. I also subscribe to netflix and their instant viewing programs work VERY decently. Apparently this guy must have dialup or something. Go somewhere else dude.

Zoroaster

Zoroaster reviewed v8.1.2.0 on Sep 24, 2009

It found a "sneaky" missing Microsoft update (MS09-035 - KB973544) which Microsoft Update site did not mention. An exceptional tool shoould it be for its sole capacity to analyze present and absent MS security update. It happens to perform much more, really brilliant.

kbsoftware

kbsoftware reviewed v7.2.24.21 on Apr 15, 2009

"Wants us to set al kinds of security measures into unsafe settings.
Following Belarc's rules will make EVERY computer behave erratic and programs
crash and loose their settings."

Clearly JCookes has never used the program. Belarc Advisor does not at anytime recommend that you make any changes to your computer/OS ever.

JCookes

JCookes reviewed v7.2.24.21 on Apr 15, 2009

Wants us to set al kinds of security measures into unsafe settings.
Following Belarc's rules will make EVERY computer behave erratic and programs
crash and loose their settings.

Documentation ? What's that ?
Belarc's doesn't understand the word "Documentation".....

kbsoftware

kbsoftware reviewed v7.2.24.17 on Jan 15, 2009

A friend wanted to buy some extra memory for his computer but did not what kind of memory it used and where the computer was located (large desk against the wall with the computer inside a compartment that was just big enough) would of been a pain to open and examine so I used Belarc Advisor to try and discover. It showed me that the computer only had 512mb which I already knew but that was it :( I had to use SIW to find out if pc2700 sdram 166mhz.
So I would like to see some improvement on that area. And I recommended my friend buys a new computer lol

Great program though

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v7.2.24.16 on Dec 19, 2008

How's your IRA doing these days Ben? Nice of you to blame that...plus your candidate losing the general election.... on Belarc.

testman

testman reviewed v7.2.24.13 on Oct 31, 2008

DatabaseBen doesn't know what he is talking about.

Belarc Advisor DOESN'T leave memory-resident processes that consume resources.

Obviously by giving out the freeware version, Belarc hope to get people to buy the paid-for version (which has more features). Just like all the other publishers who do exactly the same thing.

Seeing as it is explicity stated that it is free for personal use, that makes it plain that it should not be installed on business PCs. It is the responsibility for businesses to lock down their own PCs so that this (and many other unauthorised) product cannot be installed. Just like how they should lock down their system to prevent unauthorised use of USB keys for example.

The application simply does what it says it's supposed to do. Nothing more, nothing less.

kbsoftware

kbsoftware reviewed v7.2.24.13 on Oct 31, 2008

Thinking about it now I'm going to repeat the same line over and over to make my comment large enough and hopefully someone else will do the same in the goal to quickly knock out any comments from DatabaseLooser from the main page :)
Fighting trolls for fun :)

Great program recommend it to everyone.
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Undesired Username

Undesired Username reviewed v7.2.24.13 on Oct 31, 2008

There are better.

Tao2005

Tao2005 reviewed v7.2.24.13 on Oct 31, 2008

You tell him Charles. Belarc is a dam good program, no need to get all huffy bout freeware, you get what you pay for.

Aside all the conspiracy that databaseben is saying bout belarc. It works good, gives everything you want to know. Great for reports if you need to trouble shoot your system.

Belarc is good for what it's worth. Please support Belarc, be a shame to see it go to waist.

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v7.2.24.13 on Oct 30, 2008

DatabaseBen, get a life.

1. Purchase a commercial license and you'll get all the lonely hearts correspondence you seek from them.

2. No one else on here seems to agree with you... ergo it follows that you can't be the one single enlightened among a throng of clueless...

3. Just the slightest hint of possible impropriety should not unleash the conspiracist floodgates.

kbsoftware

kbsoftware reviewed v7.2.24.12 on Oct 26, 2008

This program just keeps getting better and better. I recommend it to all my friends etc.

PhredV

PhredV reviewed v7.2.24.12 on Oct 25, 2008

It's a great program...I've used it for years....
and yeah, right, like I'm gonna trust Microsoft
to evaluate Microsoft .... Get real

coover

coover reviewed v7.2.24.7 on Aug 6, 2008

I always keep a copy of the latest release of Belarc Advisor, but rarely install it. Frankly, i prefer SIW in it's place. However, there are times I have had to use this software for problem diagnosis. I do test software and the information Belarc gives is invaluable, particularly when trying to track down a software conflict.

It sometimes is good to be paranoid, particularly about the internet. You never know who is actually on the other end. But Belarc has been around for years and years. I believe I first found it about 10 years ago. If there was something nefarious aabout Belarc, it wouldn't have lasted 10 years or more. Security experts could and would have forced it out of business. Belarc is safe.

It is excellent software. And while I prefer other software to Belarc, it deserves a 5.

joltdude

joltdude reviewed v7.2.24.4 on May 15, 2008

Its not a bad application for doing what it does.
As to the question of privacy/security, the only problem I see is between the keyboard and users posting up their belarc profiles to the web. Other than that, I haven't seen any evidence of wrongdoing and Belarc seems to be keeping up with their end of the deal.. Database Ben, If you can show us ALL the sniffed data and what actually gets sent to Belarc, perhaps wed be more inclined to believe your conspiracy theroy... I'd like to see this myself.. Untill then, your just shouting fire in a theater and trying to cause panic.. If a user has good internet practices and security, there shouln't be a problem ...Id like to mention that since it checks for MS security fixes, of COURSE its going to be updated every month...

Still waiting for your proof Ben..

Pkshadow

Pkshadow reviewed v7.2.24.4 on May 14, 2008

Does what is supposed to do always has.
Good to know what MS patches did not take or are missing as well as what hardware is installed as well as software.

Again edit software serial #'s or Keys before you post and do not be idiots like the below link in previous post.
Nothing to be careful of other than your self.

Though why you would post this I do not know as most people need HiJackThis logs as are looking for a problem.

But if you do post think and edit the html in notepad or....

Pkshadow

Pkshadow reviewed v7.2.24.3 on Apr 29, 2008

Does what it is intended to do as it has for years.
Just remember if posting the info to delete/edit the the software key information section, change file to .txt open with notepad, edit, save, rename back to .htm or .html or use a free html program to edit.

pnutts

pnutts reviewed v7.2.24.3 on Apr 14, 2008

Great product! Would recommend. Again.

Also, BetaNews please keep up the good work of moderating this forum and deleting the posts with unsubstantiated accusations.

kbsoftware

kbsoftware reviewed v7.2.24.3 on Apr 14, 2008

Love this program.

I see nut case is back lol

Issue 1: can you list the dll's that remain.

Issue 2: It's not required that you install it, the program does not disable itself after a short period of time, no alien or government black agent shows up and makes me install it. It's a choice if you want to install the frequent updates. Updates are good, whether they are monthly are every 6 months.

Actually don't bother listing the dll's like the others on this board I'm going to make the choice to simply stop feeding the troll and ignore you.

kbsoftware

kbsoftware reviewed v7.2.24.2 on Mar 12, 2008

I really like this program comes in real handy with friends computers. I would really like a portable version though so I don't have to install it on their computers, especially if they are computer illiterate.

As for DatabaseBen and all the other usernames he/she has used throughout the months. At least twice in the last 8 months I have looked at Belarc Advisor, used software from SysInternals, used a packet sniffer etc. etc. and I found nothing "evil" about this program.
You are not trying to help anyone or warn them with honesty, that's why you keep using different usernames. I seriously doubt you are trying to spread some fud because you are part of another software company, and if you are you are failing. I just think you are not quite all there, the lights are on but nobody is home.
So whatever the deal I doubt you will stop, I don't think someone who is not quite all there really can without some professional help. But good luck with your life ambitions etc. even though you are again failing lol

gate1975mlm

gate1975mlm reviewed v7.2.24.1 on Mar 10, 2008

Very good tool for getting info about your PC! :)

testman

testman reviewed v7.2.24.0 on Mar 8, 2008

Does the job. Nothing suspicious about the app, as it doesn't send any info anywhere. Only if the user is stupid enough to post the .htm file on the net himself will the report (or indeed any info from the app) get out.

DatabaseBen, it's updated cos Microsoft releases new security updates every month, therefore the app must be updated to detect these new updates. You obviously didn't understand so I've pointed it out to you there.

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v7.2.24.0 on Mar 7, 2008

Now the fact that this app is constantly updated seems to be a negative to some...

you can never win.

joltdude

joltdude reviewed v7.2v (7.2.22.4) on Nov 15, 2007

Its not a bad application for doing what it does.
As to the question of privacy/security, the only problem I see is between the keyboard and users posting up their belarc profiles to the web. Other than that, I haven't seen any evidence of wrongdoing and Belarc seems to be keeping up with their end of the deal.. Database Ben, If you can show us ALL the sniffed data and what actually gets sent to Belarc, perhaps wed be more inclined to believe your conspiracy theroy... I'd like to see this myself.. Untill then, your just shouting fire in a theater and trying to cause panic.. If a user has good internet practices and security, there shouln't be a problem

trevithick

trevithick reviewed v7.2v (7.2.22.4) on Nov 14, 2007

I have use Belarc Advisor for years, and I've compared it to other similar products. It is far superior in both thoroughness and aggregated output.

I use it as a means of reminding me of what software and licenses I have installed on a machine when I do a rebuild or other maintenance for both my machines and clients as well. It saves me hours of work.

I cannot imagine why someone would have the desire to upload their results for the world to see. If you have to be told that you are engaged in a risky action, then you are probably only playing with this app in the first place.

We live in a republic with democratically elected representatives, not a democracy. The founders very deliberately, and wisely, found a democracy to be anathema.

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v7.2v (7.2.22.4) on Nov 14, 2007

Those numerous comments posted in 'good faith' border on capricious slander... legal action has been triggered by much lesser writing.

There're many competing products that could be used instead... what's the point-- to protect simpletons?

Rakien

Rakien reviewed v7.2v (7.2.22.3) on Nov 8, 2007

Working perfect as usual

pnutts

pnutts reviewed v7.2v (7.2.22.2) on Nov 6, 2007

There seems to be some confusion here. Belarc creates a file. What you do with it is up to you. Some people have chosen to put it on a web server. Good luck to them. This is no different than creating a document with Microsoft Word and placing it on a web server. Neither program (Belarc or Microsoft Word) is inherently insecure and sharing informaiton. Where you save the files may be inherently (or otherwise) insecure.

azimov

azimov reviewed v7.2.22.0 on Nov 1, 2007

58sniper, they do have a business version. They have to make money somehow...
For the home user, it's a very useful tool for quickly checking your system specs and making sure everything in upto date.

58sniper

58sniper reviewed v7.2.20.10 on Oct 11, 2007

Too bad you can't use this program in business environments. That's always been the downfall of this software.

Rakien

Rakien reviewed v7.2t (7.2.20.5) on Aug 30, 2007

This product helped me out alot when I needed to find out the specs of my pc, I fail to see anything wrong with this product except, how something this handy is free. And no, I don't work for them, so quit being paranoid.

Canuckistani

Canuckistani reviewed v7.2t (7.2.20.5) on Aug 30, 2007

Hi BelarcGuy;

My problem isn't with the driver itself. As I said originally; the driver is harmless and I do understand its function. The issue for me is that the driver remains behind after the program is removed by deleting the program directory and is hidden. A simple batch file that deletes the program directory and executes a .reg file that removes the driver from registry as an uninstall routine would suffice. I should also note that Belarc Advisor is not the only utility that leaves a driver behind when removed. Lastly, I would like to thank Belarc for providing such a great little utility for free.

Edit: I can't stress enough that my small complaint is a housekeeping issue and NOT, repeat, NOT a security issue. If you are stupid enough to post the HTML file online you are too stupid to own a computer in the first place.

kbsoftware

kbsoftware reviewed v7.2t (7.2.20.5) on Aug 30, 2007

I've run wireshark, regmon and filemon as well taken a basic look at Belarc files and found nothing suspicious about it.
I think it's just a few paranoid users with basic computer skills panicking over nothing.

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v7.2t (7.2.20.5) on Aug 30, 2007

DB a bit too paranoid... + their free product is as is.... take it or leave it / they only devote significant resources to paying customers.

I heartily recommend their product.

BelarcGuy

BelarcGuy reviewed v7.2t (7.2.20.4) on Aug 19, 2007

Hi Canuckistani,

The only driver the Advisor installs is for reading the SMBIOS of the computer, and it's identified as Belarc SMBIOS Access (e.g. shows in the System Info Tool). It let's the Advisor show things like what memory slots there are and what's in them. A driver's typical for a tool like this, as otherwise some things can't be detected. Feel free to remove it, but be aware that it disables some features of the Advisor.

Best Regards

m0user

m0user reviewed v7.2t (7.2.20.4) on Aug 18, 2007

Works great here! No problems whatsoever. It does what it says, does it well and is very customizable for its output. If you dont want your info indexed by google, dont post it to the web. The info isnt indexed if google cannot get to it. I guess some people need to learn how the internet works before being allowed on it.

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v7.2t (7.2.20.4) on Aug 17, 2007

Kindly disregard reviews from liberals with flummoxed systems who blame everyone else for their own shortcomings...& as well as those from absurd conspiracy theorists who can't even spell correctly this product's name.

Pkshadow

Pkshadow reviewed v7.2t (7.2.20.4) on Aug 17, 2007

As usual program does what it is supposed to do!
Do not post the output unless you edit your keys.

I see that Paranoid-DatabaseBen still can not get over them slighting him and inability to take "no" for a answer.
Give it a break and take to heart we do not care about what you have to say Paranoid-DatabaseBen as the program speaks for itself when is used with some thought.

TheDroidDotBot

TheDroidDotBot reviewed v7.2t (7.2.20.4) on Aug 17, 2007

belarc is a tool to check what a system is.
what this system has, and shows to those who knows, reg keys etc are very common!!!

if your paranoid ?

do not post or disclose your codes/keys etc!!!

it's gonna check 4 updates!! mobo or hotfixes init!

excellent tool for purchasing 2nd hand gear!

Canuckistani

Canuckistani reviewed v7.2t (7.2.20.3) on Jul 12, 2007

It's a good program to be sure. However, it does install a driver that can't be uninstalled without going into Device Manager and choosing "Show hidden devices". The driver is perfectly harmless but there should be an uninstall routine that removes it without having to dig for hidden drivers an ordinary user likely doesn't know even exist. So, one point off.

tvadakia

tvadakia reviewed v7.2t (7.2.20.0) on Jun 14, 2007

Great program.

What these uneducated, ignorant (the two below me) people don't realize that all the neat google searches they find are the result of other people MANUALLY posting their Belarc results to the net with various reasons and by various means without taking care to block-out their pertinent information that could compromise their licensing and/or security.

Belarc isn't to blame for other peoples' faults.

Belarc is far from spyware. Beware of the troll-commentary on the thread for this product.

netjustin

netjustin reviewed v7.2t (7.2.20.0) on Jun 13, 2007

Have used Belarc Advisor before, along with others such as Everest and even Belarc's commercial BeITsmart service, I would describe the solution as simple, effective, and on target for those in "busy" hardware and software environments.

PRoBiSoNe

PRoBiSoNe reviewed v7.2r (7.2.18.2) on May 18, 2007

Agree with tvadakia.

LoL @ Ben

Great app. Good info. A part of my standard app suite. All thumbs up!

Pkshadow

Pkshadow reviewed v7.2r (7.2.18.2) on May 15, 2007

AS usual program does what it is supposed to and lets you know what MS updates are not installed or are broken as well as a lot of other things that are broken!

Keep up the good work on a useful program :=}

Crypton

Crypton reviewed v7.2r (7.2.18.2) on May 14, 2007

Once again Belarc gives us a fine release.

trevithick

trevithick reviewed v7.2r (7.2.18.0) on May 11, 2007

I wholeheartedly concur with jspratjr.

jspratjr

jspratjr reviewed v7.2r (7.2.18.0) on May 10, 2007

Excellent program.

BelarcGuy

BelarcGuy reviewed v7.2n (7.2.14.0) on May 1, 2007

Hi horsecharles,

Thanks for your kind words about our Advisor. The change log feature (what we call change history) is only available in our professional products. Unfortunately we can't provide that in the free product. We hope you continue to enjoy the other features of the free Advisor.

Crypton

Crypton reviewed v7.2n (7.2.14.0) on May 1, 2007

Belarc is a great little tool. Being updated frequently to reflect changes and additions that are added to MS Updates make it a great program to keep up to date with the latest fixes and security advisories.

Reading through I see a few 'ignorant' people, such as the case of one posting a known pirated cd-key for XP Pro. To make you aware, Please read http://www.betanews.com/terms and pay attention to the Misc portion. Also note your IP ect.. is logged, while under laws, if required Beta News could be asked to provide the required information for such users posting things like that.

I find it odd that people who are so concerned about "privacy" will blindly post information on any site including this one containing their information, keys, ect.. Maybe its time to get off the net and get some fresh air?

Anyhow, Belarc does not compromise any of your sensitive data, only users who post information willingly do that, it simply shows it to you in the privacy of your own OS, what you do with it there after is your own problem.

Take note of http://www.belarc.com/privacy.html First line "The Belarc Advisor keeps your PC profile on your PC and does not send it to a web server, including Belarc's server." To clarify, the infor is stored on your PC locally, it opens the info in an HTML file using your default browser. (it is not opened from the net at all, you can verify this by disabling your net and running it ;)) Of course, any idiot can visit the programs main site and read their FAQ's (http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html#faq) and Privacy Statements, as well as get a world of other information about Belarc.

As far as a "Change log" updates to Belarc are merely updates to contain new information such as new security vulnerabilities and updates that are provided to the various OS's in which it supports. When a new update package is released by MS, Belarc is updated to include the detection of the said update if it is missing or installed, ect.. and provides information for you in the event of either/or.

If you really want more information on Belarc, why not visit the official site and check the Whitepapers section and follow instructions to get the info you want?

I give Belarc a 5, not only for being a great tool, but also for being free and providing an easy way for us to keep up to date on our systems security and updates.

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v7.2n (7.2.14.0) on May 1, 2007

CHANGE LOG PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pkshadow

Pkshadow reviewed v7.2n (7.2.14.0) on May 1, 2007

Again, program does what it is supposed to do.

It's people with low computing skills that have posted to the net with out altering the registration keys in a html program or notepad or source code from with in IE.

It is their problem for making the mistake and for others to follow like Lemmings and condoning the program and not the user. 5 out of 5

jspratjr

jspratjr reviewed v7.2m (7.2.13.0) on Apr 26, 2007

Excellent app!!!

Warning: Don't post your results (or your social security number) to the web, they may be "googled".

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v7.2m (7.2.13.0) on Apr 26, 2007

1. I would like to see a change log!!!
2. Please address the privacy / security concerns brought up by a slew of reviewers here!!!

This is a hilarious example from one result:

Microsoft - WebFldrs XP, 12345-111-1111111-31672. Microsoft - Windows XP Professional, 55274-640-0000356-23482 (Key: FCKGW-RHQQ2-YXRKT-8TG6W-2B7Q8) ...

that system being owned(or stolen / hijacked)
by some thief / pirate.

Otherwise i still personally consider this software very useful.

Pkshadow

Pkshadow reviewed v7.2m (7.2.13.0) on Apr 26, 2007

Great program, does what it says it does.
Will warn you if a MS patch is broken and needs to be reinstalled or if your missing a patch.

Yes it does turn up keys, It's supposed to.
If stupid enough to publish anything on the internet including this forum it will be found.

Paranoia & stupidity make great partners!

bluhound

bluhound reviewed v7.2m (7.2.13.0) on Apr 25, 2007

Be careful about this software.

http://www.google.com/se...rrent+Profile%22+key%3A

The above link says it all.

guti

guti reviewed v7.2m (7.2.13.0) on Apr 25, 2007

That is a good tool for gathering serial numbers from not careful people...

Read more here: http://guti.bitacoras.co...ntry=entry070420-172234

dzjepp

dzjepp reviewed v7.2.11.4 on Apr 5, 2007

The monthly updates are released because Microsoft releases hotfixes every month. Belarc is not an online capable app, it does not stream new additions to it's database via the net. Therefore it needs to have monthly updates to correctly identify new Microsoft hotfixes.

Jerrymiah

Jerrymiah reviewed v7.2.11.3 on Apr 4, 2007

One has to wonder why the critics of this utility keep asking the question as to why updates are coming every month.

To me, it is very simple. Microsoft releases updates every month, therefore these updates have to be included in the program every month for it to give a precise picture of a particular computer's status.

If one has not downloaded the monthly updates from Microsoft, then Belarc let's you know.

Pkshadow

Pkshadow reviewed v7.2.11.2 on Mar 21, 2007

Product does what it claims to.
Is useful and helpful.

jspratjr

jspratjr reviewed v7.2.11.2 on Mar 21, 2007

Excellent and free (and doesn't send a thing from my computer anyway).

gsteele

gsteele reviewed v7.2.11.2 on Mar 21, 2007

Belarc Advisor does exactly what they say it does.

Pkshadow

Pkshadow reviewed v7.2.11.0 on Feb 28, 2007

Run it, use it, the pros use it.

pnutts

pnutts reviewed v7.2.11.0 on Feb 24, 2007

Great program. A google of Belarc shows that this product is highly recommended as a baseline security analyser. As usual, I didn't get past page 4 in google but I didn't see any negatives. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, so do the research, download the program, and use it.

Here's my opinion: Belarc does not display information that isn't already there. I wouldn't assume the bad guys/girls can't get this information without Belarc. If someone believes that Belarc leaves droppings on their computer for exploit by someone else, then it is the user's responsibility to monitor their computer and shred the offending files/cache and post the results for analysis by the experts.

seier

seier reviewed v7.2.11.0 on Feb 24, 2007

This program is positively terrific. I'm a computer repairman and I love being able to quickly make a record of my clients hardware, software, and security patch status.

RWW

RWW reviewed v7.2.11.0 on Feb 23, 2007

I have tried several similar programs and have decided Belarc Advisor tells me everything I need to know. I put it on all machines I work on for friends so they can give better answers when we try to do repairs over the phone or net.

TechNoWeb

TechNoWeb reviewed v7.2.10.2 on Feb 20, 2007

Great program

computershack

computershack reviewed v7.2.10.2 on Feb 15, 2007

Working fine on Vista. Allowed me to get the product key for my Anytime Upgrade to Ultimate seeing as Microsoft so kindly decided not to put it in my Digital Locker.

Notreallyhere

Notreallyhere reviewed v7.2.10.0 on Feb 13, 2007

Doesnt even tell me something as simple as specs for my motherboard

stebie

stebie reviewed v7.2.8.2 on Feb 5, 2007

http://www.belarc.com/privacy.html

"The Belarc Advisor keeps your PC profile on your PC and does not send it to a web server, including Belarc's server."

Anyway, it's a great free product!

TomA102210

TomA102210 reviewed v7.2.8.2 on Feb 4, 2007

"Database Ben needs to do a little more research before giving an actual review. If you have not collected all the information why leave a negative review for the product."
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Where is your information and review?

markadmin

markadmin reviewed v7.2.8.2 on Feb 4, 2007

Database Ben needs to do a little more research before giving an actual review. If you have not collected all the information why leave a negative review for the product. Dumb Ass

VirtualGhost

VirtualGhost reviewed v7.2.8.2 on Feb 3, 2007

Outstanding! The only information it doesn't seem to give is the name of the guy who assembled the machine! Great work!

alanpalmer

alanpalmer reviewed v7.2.8.0 on Jan 21, 2007

Looks good, but as mentioned by another, it failed to spot I have 2 Pentium 4s.

Lawrence01

Lawrence01 reviewed v7.2.1.8 on Dec 14, 2006

I love this program. Keeps getting better and better...

Tosawyer

Tosawyer reviewed v7.2.1.2 on Sep 13, 2006

Quick, small, free what's more to ask?

great program

coover

coover reviewed v7.2 on Aug 8, 2006

You may not need this, but you'll want access to the information it displays ... and yes, it works with IE7.

Dl2agoon

Dl2agoon reviewed v7.1h Build 7.1.8.8 on Jul 13, 2006

Good, but only shows information for hardware that windows recognizes. Everything else is great though.

MoonDogg

MoonDogg reviewed v7.1h Build 7.1.8.5 on May 16, 2006

I worked fine on my computer with a IE7 B2 but it does not report everything correctly. I have used this program before and it did not report everything correctly. ( ex. My Intel Core Duo 2.0ghz reported as a PIII 2Ghz ) Either way it has alot of good information in it.

slushdot

slushdot reviewed v7.1h Build 7.1.8.3 on Apr 28, 2006

AthleticLatino, that's a g** name if I ever heard one.

Belarc not working on IE7 is MS's fault, not Belarc's.

AthleticLatino

AthleticLatino reviewed v7.1h Build 7.1.8.3 on Apr 27, 2006

Was unable to test this because it does not work with IE 7 Beta 2. It just shows a blannk page.

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v7.1h Build 7.1.8.3 on Apr 27, 2006

AL: you're not serious! Belarc works with IE & Netscape versions all the way back to 2-- & now yuo assign responsibility to it for not working with a beta browser just released? IE clashes with a lot of sites and apps because it is so new & different...let's rate ½ the world negatively because it can't immediately interface with the newest app of the day....wow! What else do you want from poor Belarc, blood?!!

This's a Must have: easy, fast, quick report of sysinfo, installed apps, software licenses, installed hotfixes-- which are missing, which installed incorrectly or are broken, etc., etc. at a glance-- perfect for 'initial / cursory' remote troubleshooting. I propose that everyone obligatorily attach(not paste!) in any help request posting the following reports: belarc, hijakthis, event/fault/boot logs.

Then one can delve further with things like everest, pcwizard2006, sandra, etc. ..for those who complain this doesn't compare to these: it's not meant to-- it's an info reporter of a few kilobytes, not a multi-megabyte detector/analyzer/troubleshooter.

azimov

azimov reviewed v7.1h Build 7.1.8.2 on Apr 18, 2006

Yes, not as good as the specialised applications, but very usefull non the less as a quick checking on someones PC it does a good job.
BTW: the latest version detects Nod32 correctly.

Higgy

Higgy reviewed v7.0t on Jul 30, 2005

I agree with Brian about antivirus detection.
In my case, I uninstalled NOD32 at the end of the trial period.
I even used a registry cleaner to be sure it was removed, but Belarc still identifies it.

Brian49

Brian49 reviewed v7.0t on Jul 30, 2005

A good program for creating a brief summary of what's on your system, but not a substitute for the wealth of detail you get with Everest/AIDA, surely? One specific problem: it isn't very clever at detecting antivirus programs - I have NOD32 installed and Belarc fails to identify it.

ArabianNight

ArabianNight reviewed v7.0t on Jul 30, 2005

Really nice program. Switched over from everest.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v7.0r on Jul 15, 2005

PUISSANT-though where is the os version #??? 5.1.2600 build 2180 etc????

Latino

Latino reviewed v7.0p on Jun 26, 2005

This utility is unsurpassed for a comprehensive software check and I always rely on it when I look into a new system. Since it checks the validity of Microsofts' hotfixes, I guess we shall be getting at least monthly updates.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v7.0o on Jun 16, 2005

Perfect for reinstalls so you know where your at

jimstoffel

jimstoffel reviewed v6.0l on Nov 4, 2003

I'm impressed: The install AND the first "profile" - combined - took under 30 seconds on a 2.4G Celeron. The information it presents is well formed. For small companies, this will be a must-have-tool with respect to it's file size, ease of use, and price.

dzjepp

dzjepp reviewed v6.0l on Nov 4, 2003

Superb. Although lately for some reason I could not see some of the images from the report, mainly the Hot Fixes "checkmark" logo.

cunning-linguist

cunning-linguist reviewed v6.0l on Nov 4, 2003

This program is vital for those who tend to misplace registration codes and unlock keys. The best !!!!! If there was a rating higher than 5 at this site, I'd rate it a 10!!!!

BHACKNER

BHACKNER reviewed v6.0j on Sep 26, 2003

Been using this for years and it is truly unique and just gets better and better. Not only does it now give you virtually everything about apps installed on your PC, but the status of hot fixes, if they need to be reinstalled as well as a ton of hardware data and to top that serial numbers of a load of apps. What a great auditing and reference tool. Superb!

babyapartnership

babyapartnership reviewed v6.0i on Sep 18, 2003

Belarc Advisor is very useful to me-small download size and very quick to create a system report.

mjocfl

mjocfl reviewed v5.1o on Mar 18, 2003

Small, fast, and complete--can't ask for much more in a pgm such as this.

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