We use screensaver services today for a variety of reasons–entertainment, security and even advertising–but for most of us, they are a way to put a little bit of ourselves into our computers and show off our style.
There are multiple types available, including those with photographs, digital images (2-D and 3-D), cycling slide shows, animation, or music or sound effects. All of these styles add a little something that will brighten our day when we see it.
But with so many to choose from, finding just the right one can be a daunting task. Fortunately, you can find hundreds, covering multiple genres, all in one, convenient place. Sites such as Scenic Reflections, FreeSaver and T & P SC Screen Savers catalog and post the products, eliminating half of the battle of finding what you’re looking for.
In this site, you'll find articles on screensaver services and comprehensive reviews that will help you make an informed decision on which service is right for you and which ones might be best to avoid. At TopTenREVIEWS We Do the Research So You Don't Have To.™
Ideal services provide ample features that make sorting, searching, and downloading products trouble-free. Images should be crisp and clear. Because some free services also download adware, we looked for sites that screen for computer viruses. Even with our diligent research there are only a handful of sites that offer any kind of protection.
We highly recommend anyone downloading anything from the internet install both anti-spyware and anti-virus software for additional protection. Even the sites that state the precautions they take against it are prone to have some due to the nature of the product.
Below are the criteria TopTenREVIEWS used to evaluate the websites:
Some products may contain more adware/spyware than others. We recommend using preventative software during and after each download. Some services will require you to download adware. If this is the case make sure you can erase the adware when the download is complete.
Sites that offer a wide range of features, including: search boxes, picture previews, and descriptions, make browsing easier–saving time and preventing frustration. We also looked to see which site provided products for not only PC users but Mac as well.
Ease of Use
When it comes to downloading, services offering fast and uncomplicated download procedures ranked higher in our reviews. We also took into account any extra programs that were required for everything to function properly.
Services offering clear, sharp images void of hidden attachments (toolbars or other adware/spyware) received higher marks.
Sites offering genres for every interest are ideal. We also looked into if there were any sub-genres available.
They should provide comprehensive help and support. This may include a FAQs section and an email address to the manufacturer's technical support.
While these screensaver services may not be necessary for a computer they can add a bit of flair to your office, dorm room, or home. So whether your passion is art, nature, sports, or music, without a doubt there is something for you.
TopTenREVIEWS no longer updates this category and keeps it here for archiving purposes only. It was last updated in October 2012.
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