Safe XP 1.5.7.14 for Windows

by Theorica Software

Avg. Rating 3.4 (33 votes)

File Details

File Size 0.3 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows 2000/9x/Server 2003/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 20,797
Publisher Theorica Software
Homepage Safe XP

Publisher's Description

Safe XP improves system performance and makes your Windows to run faster, more secure and more stable. Suitable for beginners and experts.

Latest Reviews

gkar

gkar reviewed v1.5.7.14 on Jul 14, 2005

Great program, been using it for quite some time, a staple for me.

guevara

guevara reviewed v1.5.3.21 on Mar 21, 2005

Well, i think
xp-AntiSpy is
a more safe program to use.

tp

tp reviewed v1.4.11.20 on Nov 19, 2004

if you want a more reliable auto tweaker, use xteq

chaswill

chaswill reviewed v1.4.11.20 on Nov 19, 2004

I can confirm what httpd.confused stated in the previous review. I was initially pleased with the program when it was first released, but used it very conservatively. The more I changed settings, the more jacked up my machine became. Once, on a friend's PC, I made a single change: "Remove Shared Folders", and that worked, but it screwed up a couple of other things in the process. Things DO get changed that you aren't even aware of, some of which took me a while to discover. Safer, in my opinion, to find out the specific registry edits needed to achieve the desired system changes.

bgerrish

bgerrish reviewed v1.4.11.20 on Nov 19, 2004

Looks like the zip is corrupt.....

httpd.confused

httpd.confused reviewed v1.4.10.20 on Oct 22, 2004

Poorly designed, and I'll tell you why:

(1) Safe XP creates any missing registry values, and unless you explicitly set every option shown on the main window, it sets those values to the setting that leaves then enabled.

For example, I had my "Help and Support" service set to Manual, because that is the best setting, as far as I'm concerned. I didn't enable the option in Safe XP to disable that service, so Safe XP set it to Automatic!

This poor design can also have the exact *opposite* effect as what is intended--it can leave you *less* secure. Suppose you don't have a particular registry value, but upon seeing the lack of that value, Windows uses a secure default. However, Safe XP comes along, and creates the registry value, and sets it to the opposite of the default. Unless you know that Safe XP is too stupid to know about the concept of "no setting exists--using defaults", you'd be screwed.

(2) It makes many changes to the registry which are not reflected in the main window. I guess they think everyone is too stupid to comprehend the implications, and that they just know better. Well, their poor application design left me with a "Your Computer" security zone, on top of the "My Computer" zone I already had there.

In short, Safe XP might be helpful to novices, or people who just can't be bothered doing these things carefully by hand. But for those of us who have already reviewed many points of security, it's a poorly-designed total kludge that will mess everything up.

Dirk van Hoofen

Dirk van Hoofen reviewed v1.4.10.20 on Oct 22, 2004

Nice tool, but a lot of functions.

arvind

arvind reviewed v1.4.10.20 on Oct 22, 2004

JennaJames, that's the stupidest post I've read all year!

Niksa

Niksa reviewed v1.4.9.20 on Oct 12, 2004

It's nice proggy, can do lot of tweak for Win XP

JennaJones

JennaJones reviewed v1.4.9.20 on Oct 11, 2004

Obviously a useless program. Windows only runs at one speed and any claim to speed it up is in error.

Avg. Rating 3.4 (33 votes)
Your Rating
gkar

gkar reviewed v1.5.7.14 on Jul 14, 2005

Great program, been using it for quite some time, a staple for me.

guevara

guevara reviewed v1.5.3.21 on Mar 21, 2005

Well, i think
xp-AntiSpy is
a more safe program to use.

tp

tp reviewed v1.4.11.20 on Nov 19, 2004

if you want a more reliable auto tweaker, use xteq

chaswill

chaswill reviewed v1.4.11.20 on Nov 19, 2004

I can confirm what httpd.confused stated in the previous review. I was initially pleased with the program when it was first released, but used it very conservatively. The more I changed settings, the more jacked up my machine became. Once, on a friend's PC, I made a single change: "Remove Shared Folders", and that worked, but it screwed up a couple of other things in the process. Things DO get changed that you aren't even aware of, some of which took me a while to discover. Safer, in my opinion, to find out the specific registry edits needed to achieve the desired system changes.

bgerrish

bgerrish reviewed v1.4.11.20 on Nov 19, 2004

Looks like the zip is corrupt.....

httpd.confused

httpd.confused reviewed v1.4.10.20 on Oct 22, 2004

Poorly designed, and I'll tell you why:

(1) Safe XP creates any missing registry values, and unless you explicitly set every option shown on the main window, it sets those values to the setting that leaves then enabled.

For example, I had my "Help and Support" service set to Manual, because that is the best setting, as far as I'm concerned. I didn't enable the option in Safe XP to disable that service, so Safe XP set it to Automatic!

This poor design can also have the exact *opposite* effect as what is intended--it can leave you *less* secure. Suppose you don't have a particular registry value, but upon seeing the lack of that value, Windows uses a secure default. However, Safe XP comes along, and creates the registry value, and sets it to the opposite of the default. Unless you know that Safe XP is too stupid to know about the concept of "no setting exists--using defaults", you'd be screwed.

(2) It makes many changes to the registry which are not reflected in the main window. I guess they think everyone is too stupid to comprehend the implications, and that they just know better. Well, their poor application design left me with a "Your Computer" security zone, on top of the "My Computer" zone I already had there.

In short, Safe XP might be helpful to novices, or people who just can't be bothered doing these things carefully by hand. But for those of us who have already reviewed many points of security, it's a poorly-designed total kludge that will mess everything up.

Dirk van Hoofen

Dirk van Hoofen reviewed v1.4.10.20 on Oct 22, 2004

Nice tool, but a lot of functions.

arvind

arvind reviewed v1.4.10.20 on Oct 22, 2004

JennaJames, that's the stupidest post I've read all year!

Niksa

Niksa reviewed v1.4.9.20 on Oct 12, 2004

It's nice proggy, can do lot of tweak for Win XP

JennaJones

JennaJones reviewed v1.4.9.20 on Oct 11, 2004

Obviously a useless program. Windows only runs at one speed and any claim to speed it up is in error.

beast64

beast64 reviewed v1.4.9.15 on Sep 29, 2004

Dead link that leads practically to nowhere!

guevara

guevara reviewed v1.4.9.15 on Sep 16, 2004

Nice utility
but can get you in to troubbel

gkar

gkar reviewed v1.4.8.1 on Aug 15, 2004

Nice utility keeps getting better, love GameXP too. Thank you!

gkar

gkar reviewed v1.4.7.25 on Jul 23, 2004

Great program!

Niliaend

Niliaend reviewed v1.4.4.20 on Apr 19, 2004

Great program to enhance XP security. It protects you from a lot of security holes than Microsoft haven't fixed. The interface is extremely simple and clear, and is translated. You can save your settings before any changes, and restore them later.

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