The Latest Buzz About Screensavers

Dangerous “Screensaver” Files

August 27th, 2014 Hannah

danger signMicrosoft is all for allowing their users to personalize screensavers. However, they’re also the first ones to tell you that downloading screensavers carry security risks since they may contain malicious software or spyware. Because of this, they have compiled a simple list of file types that users should be aware of in order to avoid downloading malware that are disguised as screensavers.

Listed below are the most common file name extensions and the type of file they carry, as listed in Microsoft’s help page:

1. .exe – executable program
2. .com – MS-DOS program
3. .pif – Shortcut to MS‑DOS program
4. .bat – Batch file
5. .scr – Screen saver file

If you find screensavers with file extensions such as the above, DO NOT download them. Make sure you always double check the extension because they can add a .jpeg or .png as part of the file name, before the actual file extension, in order to fool you into thinking that it is a simple photo file.

Keep your computer system secure by downloading screensavers the smart way.

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Screen Savers for Security

August 20th, 2014 Avatar

settings.jpgMany who work in offices have had the experience of somebody meddling with their computer as they head off to the cafeteria for the occasional bite and today’s identity theft prone world a screensaver might just save you from such activities. Screensavers can usually be set to ask for passwords when they go to work, that as you get back to your desk it asks for a password before again granting access to the computer system. Much similar to the new design that has been built into Windows, any inactivity that sends the computer into stand-by or idle mode asks for such passwords that guards your PC from unauthorized access. You get the nice graphics and the security you need when you forget to lock the terminal you’re working on.

Blue Screen Screensaver Prank Straight from Microsoft

June 27th, 2013 Hannah

BSODIf you thought Microsoft had no sense of humor, then the BlueScreen Screen Saver available on their website for download should change your mind.

The great thing about the BSOD screensaver is that it “not only authentically mimics a BSOD, but will simulate startup screens seen during a system boot.”

So if you’re really feeling really bored, this is one of the best (yet harmless) pranks you can pull on your workmate. After all, this is just about as realistic as it gets. Of course, to get them worked up even worse, pick a time when they’re doing something really critical at work to install the screen saver. There’s nothing that will cause you to panic worse than losing an entire day’s worth of work! Just make sure you stop them from really rebooting the system because they might not realize that it’s just the screensaver you installed that’s ruining their day.

Now that is one screensaver that you can never call relaxing!

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Relaxing Screensavers

May 26th, 2013 Hannah

3d fireplace screensaverScreensavers were not really made for people to blankly stare at while occupied thinking of something else. Still, whatever original purpose screensavers might serve, the fact remains that people do just that in front of their computers – stare blankly at a screen in the middle of a tiring work day.

If you are too stare at your computer screen, too tired to move or do anything else, you might as well make the most out of your “staring break” by choosing a screensaver that will help you relax. Two screensavers that we find to be quite relaxing include the 3D Fish School Screensaver and the 3D Realistic Fireplace Screensaver. Obviously, these two screensavers are meant to help you relax and clear your mind by providing a more calming atmosphere. Sure, you won’t feel the warmth of the fireplace but the sounds of the crackling fire and the repetitive waves might just lull you to sleep.

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Uses of Screensavers

May 12th, 2013 Hannah

Screen savers nowadays are beneficial in the world of entertainment. Due to the increasing users who spend time looking for the most unique and creative screen savers, there are now millions of options presented to their consumption. There are screensavers that focus on movies, sports, games, and even visual expressions that never fail to entertain the users. Also, due to this demand, these are as well used as a form of advertising products and services which is usually found during meetings and presentations. On the other hand, the increase in screen saver options also goes with the increase in opportunities for programmers. These programmers are given much room to maximize their skills and creativity and earn through making more options that will interest the users. This just shows that the rise of screen savers didn’t only pave way to an additional feature for computers but more to this feature are benefits for both the maker and user.

Purpose of Screen Saver

May 12th, 2013 Hannah

Screen savers are naturally known for simply providing that motion driven display in a computer which usually involves colorful combinations and at times, pictures of one’s choice. It is most of the time neglected that actually there is this important purpose of screen savers and it is to avoid the occurrence of “burning”. This burning occurs when a computer is left on display for some time which usually results to the weakening of the screen’s resolution. This problem eventually led to the invention and use of screen savers which are believed to somehow effectively prevent the damage of the resolution and worst, the system. Through these displays, computers are left idle. There is an easy procedure on how these screen savers can be activated and it is usually recommended that these are stimulated at the most 20 minutes of its idle time and nonetheless, these are now available in different designs to still give that beautiful and appealing look for one’s computer.

Making your own screensaver

May 12th, 2013 Hannah

Windows made it as well possible for users to personalize their screen savers with the use of saved pictures and videos. This can be done by first clicking on the “Start” button find at the lower left portion of the desktop. Click on the “Control Panel” option, then on “Appearance and Personalization”. The next thing to do is to choose the “Personalization” option then clicking on the “Screen saver”. From there, one can click on the “Photos” option where the user can click on “Settings” and choose the photos and videos to be used as screen saver. Click on “Save” then “Ok”. One’s personalized screen saver can then be viewed. One tip to easily make a screen saver is to save all photos and videos in just one folder. Also, in making a screen saver, one can as well make changes and adjustments on the involved settings such as that of the waiting time before the screen saver appears and how long will it last.

Process of changing screen saver

May 12th, 2013 Hannah

Changing one’s windows screen saver involves a very simple process that may be finished in a minute. The first thing done is to click the “Start” button which is usually found at the lower left part of the desktop. The next thing to be done is to search for the option “Control panel” then by clicking this, one will be presented with numerous options. Find and click on “Appearance and Personalization” option then click on “Personalization”. Lastly, click the “Screen Saver “option. From there, one can choose which screen saver from the list is to be used. Another way of changing the screensaver is to right click any empty point at the desktop then choosing the “Personalize” option, on can then find the setting where the screen saver can be chosen. On the other hand, it can be observed that there are minimal options of screen savers. This is why there are websites that cater to free downloads which users can make use of.

Educational Screen Savers: Universal Tutor

February 23rd, 2013 Hannah

Universal-Tutor-ScreensaverEarlier this month we discussed how screen savers can be used for other purposes aside from a pretty-looking inactive desktop. Two of the things we mentioned were screen savers as a reminder app and as a security measure.

In addition to these, screen savers can also be used for educational purposes. There are great Windows screen savers you can download that are aimed to turn even idle moments into something educational.

A good example of an educational screensaver is the Universal Tutor, which you can get for free as a trial version and for $14.95 for its full version. The Universal Tutor is really cool because it allows you to choose from a wide range of educational themes and then shows educational videos based on the chosen theme each time the computer turns idle. The educational video shown changes each day. Obviously, this is great for families with kids and people who just want to learn something new or be reminded of fun facts each day without having to really do anything.

The Universal Tutor is available for Windows 2000 and all other newer versions of the Windows OS.

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Uses of a Screen Saver

February 4th, 2013 Mish Asia

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Windows has always been a popular operating system and it is known for providing user friendly features. This is why many are still patronizing it, despite the growing number of new operating systems that has been coming out.

One important but most of the time overlooked feature is the screen saver.  A screen saver has been a well known area in Windows where you take time to find the right one just to feed your wants and sometimes needs. It may just be there to entertain your eyes, remind you of what to do, or be a guard to your computer.

There are hundreds even thousands of screen savers available online and you may choose depending on your preference. However, if you are after the functionality of a screen saver, it is wise to look for screen savers that will be helpful for you every day. For example you are at work and you want to be reminded of top priorities for the day, then a screen saver can be a good medium of reminder. You can also use it to guard your work space by putting a username and password. This will prevent infiltrators from getting in your personal computer. For example, in a Thai school, students know the username and password of computers, while outsiders do not. In case students go for a break or enter their Thai classes, no one can access the computer while the students are away.

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