A screen saver is a program that creates an animated picture on a computer screen. Screen savers were originally designed to prevent images from burning in the screen during idle times, not for user entertainment. However, that has changed in recent years. Because newer monitor models do not have screen burn issues, screen savers are now used basically for entertainment purposes. Sometimes, screen saver programs can actually be dangerous for your computer as viruses and other unwanted programs may be attached to screen saver programs.
Today, it can be difficult to actually find a good screen saver program. There are good ones out there however. This article will discuss some of the most popular screen savers available. Read on for more information!
Screensaver.com has a number of very attractive screen saver programs. One of the most popular screen saver programs on the site is 3D Falling Leaves. There are no surprises here as the screen saver features falling leaves, just like the title would suggest. But the program is very beautiful and it can be helpful during times of great stress just to concentrate on the falling leaves! Perhaps this is why many people have downloaded this program onto their computer.
Even if falling leaves isn’t something that speaks to you personally, you are bound to find other screensaver programs that do using this site. Before you download the programs to your computer, be sure to thoroughly read through the installation literature. For safety reasons, it may be best to decline any extra software which may be attached to the screensaver program.
If you do not want to spend a lot of time looking for a screen saver program, you can use the Windows default screen saver program on your computer. The best part about this is that the default screensaver programs are very easy to set up and use. This is good if you do not have a lot of computer experience.
The Polar Clock screensaver program is popular with many of our office staff. This program shows the day and time and adjusts itself each second. The thing that is unusual about this program is that the day and time circle around the computer screen. Some staff members use the program to count down to special events and others just use it to keep track of the day and time.
Another version of the practical time and day theme is the 3D Time screen saver. This program simply tells the time using a military 24 hour time format. 3D Time was designed by deviantART.
The Flurry screensaver was a program that was originally available only for Mac computers. Because of the popularity of the program, a Windows based version has been developed. You can find this program on the Softonic website. Softonic has added other programs onto the screen saver program, so it is important to uncheck these additions before downloading the program. Read all the options carefully before you download this program! Traditionalists will be happy to find out that the Windows based version of this screensaver is exactly the same as the Mac version.
UsefulSaver is one of my favorite screensavers—and is also very useful. This screensaver program gives you valuable information about your computer. It also tells you the day and the time. If you want, you can type in your own text which will be seen on your computer screen. There is also a “screenwash” option for those people that want to use the program as a screen saver. No doubt you have seen this program on many computers whether it’s at the doctor’s office or even in your own office.
Some screen savers are just quirky and are designed to bring a smile to your face. A friend of mine has just such a screensaver called Electric Sheep on his office computer. He claims that it help to diffuse the tense office atmosphere too. This screensaver creates “sheep” or images when your computer is not actively working. These images are displayed on the computer screen and you can vote on which sheep you like the best. This influences the other types of sheep which are shown. Of course, you should use the sheep program responsibly. My friend claims he has gotten caught up in voting for sheep only to find out that he’s wasted valuable time in the process.
Whether you desire a utilitarian, quirky or clever screensaver program, there is one out there. The hardest part may be deciding which program to use.