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How often do you check your hardware for conditioning? Do often download the latest Windows Security updates? Do have all your software license keys intact?
If you answered at least a “no” in any of these questions then you might possibly need some computer auditing. Well, if you’re thinking about the cost of doing such task there’s really a way around it and you don’t have to pay somebody to do it for you.
A free PC auditing software does the trick of keeping you abreast with your current hardware settings and all the software installed. Belarc Advisor is a freeware that builds an HTML profile of your computer system in minutes indicating all installed software and hardware specs, missing Microsoft hotfixes or Security Updates you failed to download, your anti-virus’ status, and CIS (Center for Internet Security) benchmarks.
All the above information is comprehensively shown on a web page via your default web browser which will open once the program has finished scanning your computer. The results are fairly accurate but it really wouldn’t tell you how to fix your computer is it’s slowing down or crashing. It will only show some salient details which might give you a hint on the areas of your PC that needs some attention.
Like for example, during the course of the Conficker scare, I’ve failed to download one of Microsoft’s Security updates and that caused my computer’s vulnerability to the malware.
Another savvy feature of this program is it allows you to take note of all the license keys you have on each installed software on your system. This way, you can have these vital information for safe keeping just in case you might need to rebuild an OS installation. Of course, it’s easy to download replacement software but you cannot use them fully if you don’t have your keys.
Belarc Advisor is free to use but is limited to a single computer and for personal purposes only. It doesn’t have a portable version which could have been better for servicing IT professionals and computer technicians but otherwise I think the software is really useful.
Go ahead and give it a try, who knows, you might be surprised with what you’ll find out about your PC.
Category: system utilities