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The reviews and opinions below are posted by SnapFiles visitors. They do not necessarily reflect our opinion, and they are solely based upon the experience of individual users.

PWGen PWGen

Excellent password generator 5 stars
Those who have used the password generator in KeePass Password Safe will find PWGen familiar. This is a powerful password generator, but is quite easy to use. PWGen gives you full control over the type of password(s) you create, including which character types to include. It gathers entropy automatically, which is something most password generators do not do. PWGen is thoughtfully designed in that its windows can all be resized, and they remember their sizeposition. (I won't go on about this because in the past, I have been ridiculed on this site for addressing interface concerns.) My one complaint is a minor one, which is that the only way to remove character sets requires editing the .INI file directly. Price: Free
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HDD Guardian HDD Guardian

Buggy 1 stars
I like the fact that HDD Guardian allows you to avoid waking drives to check their S.M.A.R.T. status. This is something CrystalDiskInfo does not have. However, I found problem after problem with HDD Guardian. I lost track of all the exceptions I encountered. One of them was because the application requires elevation, but does not request it (the author says they will fix this). But others were not so easy to figure out. I also found that despite being configured to update every 5 minutes, it never did--or at least, the main window and tray icons never updated, unless I forced an update in the main window. This makes me wonder if it is updating and just not updating the interface, or if it's just not updating at all. Another issue is that you can't really configure it to warn you about high temperatures. If you enable temperature warnings, it will put up a notification for EVERY little temperature change--even if the temp goes DOWN 1 degree and is well below the threshold! Why? I have no idea. It doesn't make any sense. Back to CrystalDiskInfo I go. Price: Free
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GlassWire GlassWire

Lousy interface 1 stars
I know I will be assailed for dissenting, as always, but I don't care. I like the feature set, but I hate the interface. I hate the style over substance. The grey-on-lighter-grey text which is hard to read; the tiny fonts; the non-sizable columns; the scattered design of the overall interface; the constant needless disk writing. Price: Free
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EMCO Ping Monitor (Free Version) EMCO Ping Monitor (Free Version)

Decent solution 3 stars
This software works and provides a fair set of options. I used to use the paid version of this software (EMCO Ping Monitor Professional). I paid good money for it. But then I got prompted to install an upgrade, and I made the mistake of allowing it to install. Then I found out my license would not work for the upgrade. Revert? The old download was no longer available. Support? No. Price: Free
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Moffsoft FreeCalc Moffsoft FreeCalc

Very good free calculator 4 stars
I can't stand the Win10 calculator, so I was looking for a replacement. This one does the job, has a nice tape feature, and looks just fine. You can make the face all black and make the buttons flat if you like. I was surprised to learn that this software was put out in 2004. Price: Free
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XYplorer XYplorer

My favorite, by far 5 stars
I have used all the others, and now I swear by XYplorer. I used Directory Opus for a couple years, but as full-featured as it is, it's loaded with limitations and nonsensical design features. XYplorer lets me preview files, change attributes, and navigate the entire file system in the easiest manner. Price: Free Trial ($40.00)
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Activity Monitor Activity Monitor

Excellent, and easy to use 5 stars
Activity monitoring software isn't the easiest genre of software to test. There are so many different approaches used, it can be confusing. Activity Monitor was a breath of fresh air (pardon the cliche, but it's true!). Installation is straightforward. And once you launch the client (which they erroneously call the "server" in the readme.txt of version 3.92), you'll find a very straightforward, easy-to-use interface. You won't be aggravated by a complex, confusing, cluttered interface. The look and usability is very polished and professional. The two things that disappointed me were the price (although there are some that are much more expensive), and the fact that there is no option to lock the server PC. You can log a user off, or invoke their screen saver, but those are not good alternatives (the former can be too harsh, the latter easily defeated). Price: Free Trial ($189.95)
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SmartSniff SmartSniff

Excellent and easy to use 5 stars
I used CommView and Ethereal/Wireshark, but their complicated interfaces and options always confused me and slowed me down. SmartSniff doesn't provide all the advanced features of those heavyweights, but it is vastly easier to use if you simply want to check what a certain program is doing. I rate the interface only "Good" because the display and capture filters require you to manually type strings into a text box--an inconvenient and error-prone way of doing things. Price: Free
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DriveSitter DriveSitter

The best I`ve found 5 stars
I have now tried a slew of S.M.A.R.T. utilities, freeware and shareware alike, and I've found none better than DriveSitter. The interface is very, very nice--windows remember their size and positions, columns auto-adjust, context sensitive help abounds, tooltips provide helpful advice, and so on. There is an option to avoid querying drives while they are in sleep mode, which is an option I found mysteriously lacking in competing software. You can configure DriveSitter to monitor only overall S.M.A.R.T. status, individual S.M.A.R.T. metrics (with the ability to exclude individual metrics; an important feature), or both--and you can do this on a per-drive basis. Nice stuff. I did find it a bit hard to swallow having to buy a "family license", but given that I have a laptop and a desktop, each with two hard drives, I'll take the plunge. To me, it's worth it to have the best, and to potentially prevent a real hassle. Price: Free Trial ($24.95)
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