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Prof Shutdown 4.5 Giveaway
$200 for Single Computer license (100 clients

Giveaway of the day — Prof Shutdown 4.5

Prof Shutdown is a tool designed to control and reduce energy consumption of computers.
$200 for Single Computer license (100 clients EXPIRED
User rating: 231 35 comments

Prof Shutdown 4.5 was available as a giveaway on October 18, 2011!

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Prof Shutdown is designed to control and reduce energy consumption of computers. You can quickly setup the schedule for shutdown, standby, hibernate or wakeup on a multiple PCs.

The tool can be used for office, classroom or home network. Create shedule to automaticaly switch off your computers after working hours and save the energy costs.

Available actions on remote computers: Shutdown; Reboot; Hibernate; Standby (sleep mode); Log off; Lock; Wakeup (Wake-on-LAN); Popup message.

Key features:

  • Scanning network from range of IP.
  • Work with computers in the Active Directory.
  • Checking online status of PC (Ping).
  • Maintains log files of the actions.

NB: commercial usage is allowed for this title.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ Server 2003/2008


Aprel Technologies



File Size:

2.51 MB


$200 for Single Computer license (100 clients

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#33 Yikes - I always try the programs before commenting, but too many people don´t use the thumb up/down option from the same point of view.

What do you vote, after you have read 10 lines that don´t make sense to you, because the software do not catches your interest. You discover that:

1. the software is meant for a company with 10+ PCs
2. or that you really don´t want the software in the first place and just like to get a 2nd oppinion
3. or something else...

If you votes negative on the review, because of the software then would I say that you gives a distorted impression of that review.

My 1st short review got 19x more thumb up than my 2nd longer review ! So I can see that people like the short review more than the longer review or didn´t the same people read the second review ? I did only write the 2nd review on the background of the negative comments.

#34 ric - If people have to Google simple things like your proposals then would they properly get even more confused, because which links is the right one to read ? Is it another persons own oppinion or is it a community of wise people, who tell the world what is right or wrong ?

Reply   |   Comment by Trucker  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

For those who have trouble understanding the meaning of


Please Google it or consult a hardcopy dictionary.

It is not necessarily a "Review" of the software.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

@25 I have to sift through about 20 reviews on this page to find someone who has actually tried the software before commenting. Pricing software is a complex issue and I am sure the companies are not seeking the advice from these scroungers that are here for free stuff, but they drone on like this every day.

Reply   |   Comment by Yikes!  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#18 donebythefish - Well, I see your point, but each time a "real review" is posted here then is there some people, who judge the review the way it is made...

The developer often get the main information really quick, because they can see through all the blah blah blah... :)


Pros/cons review give a fast idea of the program and tell the developer in short terms, what to change in next version.

A text review give a more professionel look at the program. Here is the possibility to be more specific and point out why some of the program options should be reprogrammed or should be removed from the program.


I wrote a short review, because there wasn´t need for more on the program and most users here isn´t system administrator on a network...

The administrators know that every time you send/receive information to/from the internet there is ports used to allow that to happen.

The program isn´t usefull in a home, where you have 2-5 PCs on intranet. There is no time saved with less than 10-15 PCs depending on the distance between the PCs and their server.

If you look for a program that is able to do the same (so you remotely can turn off your son´/daughter´ PC) then is there a lot of freeware as I wrote in the short review too... :)

Reply   |   Comment by Trucker  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Govid #20 wants to know whats up with the for personal use only. Well, Its a legal thing. I have been involved with programs in a commercial setting since the early 80's and can safely say that when a program fails and a corp. looses thousands of dollars they will file a lawsuit against the program principles. When a product like today's is offered for commercial use and for free, they are sticking their necks out to get exposure.
My personal opinion is that $200.00 for a program that handles up to 100 computers ($2 per), that is guaranteed to do what it does (save on corp. energy costs and IT time) is reasonable. For small companies and home use today's limited to 50 computers is very cost effective(FREE)! I say thanks to GOTD and Aprel Tec.

Reply   |   Comment by James Jenkin  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Installed, activated and tested on XP SP3.
Nice popup warning me i have disabled the Task Scheduler Service and asked me if i would like it enabled (as i guess it's a standard function to run this software). I keep it off to disable security holes.
Anyway, it works as supposed to, but this isn't for the average GOTD user, it's for medium - large businesses, that is why i don't understand what is it here...

Reply   |   Comment by BesT  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Downloaded and installed works fine handy little tool for logging of the wife or kids when it's tmie for bed.

Reply   |   Comment by graham  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Well Guys, I have to tell you I just tested this out and it is a real time saver. I have made my own batch scripts to reboot our 140+ servers and 500+ PC's. We only get about 6 hours every 4 months to do this, (24x7x364 shop) but this is way easier; and I am a HUGE proponent to Freeware. I have to hand it to GOATD and APREL. Now, where the hell was this 3 weeks ago when I could have seriously used it?

Reply   |   Comment by OleAsshop  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

search for poweroff - scheduled and remote control shutdown
it's free

Reply   |   Comment by James Burrett  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks for offering this program. It sounds useful for network administrators and it may be just what they need. (My brother is one, so I'm forwarding this info to him.) As for the "reviews" that readers provide, I'm a bit dismayed that so many people complain about the "regular" price at which programs are offered, but gripe about what they believe to be an "unfair price" when it's offered for FREE and they usually haven't even tried the program. If all you want to do is complain about pricing or what you THINK the program will/won't do, do us all a favor and go to some political blog and gripe. I, for one, look for individual evaluations of the program to see if it may be something I would find useful...and I'm appreciative of the companies and GAOTD working to offer various programs for free (!!). The last I heard, NO company is required to offer their program(s) for free to try out, but it can help people see/try a program they may not otherwise hear about at little or no risk. Would-be "experts" ought to get over themselves and show a wee bit of maturity.

Reply   |   Comment by DaveA  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

I am personel use, home, some of these giveaways are beyond my knowledge. what I don't understand is commenter's complaining about the price. I understand that these are given away, free. I guess some people will gripe about anything. Thank's gotd, I'll keep checking back.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Thank you Aprel Tech for your offering...but I suspect your software is a corporate solution not designed for the home user or the SMALL business...and if others have been critical, they are likely home users, like me, who didn't realize what environment your software was probably developed for.

Reply   |   Comment by Preston Mitchell  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I installed this software on a Windows Server 2003 in a Windows domain. It installed successfully and I could use Active Directory to create groups of computers on the network. However when I tried to run any commands the program timed out with the error message: "Cannot connect to remote ADMIN$: No network provider accepted the given network path. (0x4B3)"

According to the help file with the program: "The easiest way to manage computers with Prof Shutdown is to run the program in a Windows domain. This way, you will not need to make additional settings to the remote computer – all you have to do is obtain the domain administrator privileges."

Unfortunately my first attempt to do anything has resulted in failure and the help file does not provide any troubleshooting or configuration suggestions. In fact, according to the help files everything should just be working. I would suggest that the help files may need some improvement for when things go wrong.

Reply   |   Comment by GavinS  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

I was reading through everyone's comments so far and while I agree about the administrator access panel in Windows, some people that are trained for network management may still operate it incorrectly, this just simplifies the task. May save the boss from firing someone because they can't remote the network correctly.

Reply   |   Comment by Jason Carver  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Many of the regular GOTD visitors are home users (including myself) and this software is obviously not for us. I have 3 computers in my home and each serves it purpose only when someone, whose machine it is, is sitting at it. Really not that hard to train those in our homes to hit sleep, hibernate or shutdown when they know they are finished for a while or for the day. Kids may protest but removing the power cord for a day or two will make them realize you are serious.

I'd suggest that, since this is meant for big business, schools, and such and the commercial limitations are lifted (Thanks Aprel) that if you know someone that works at a place that has many networked machines and that might have use for this software that that you contact them and let them know of this deal.

Re: the price, $200 for 100 computers. Two bucks each??? - Sounds cheap to me... I wonder how many complaining about the price have use for this program?

I won't have use for this but I know someone that might. How about you? Spread the word. - Thanks GOTD and Aprel.

Reply   |   Comment by prying1  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+32)

I can never understand the 'for personal use only' tag. How would they know if even a mid size company were using their program en mass? If a company in Germany for example used this and supplied it to all their 200 staff and the software company are in say the USA, what would they be able to do about it/How would they know?

As for the program itself....overpriced and slightly useful.

Reply   |   Comment by govin  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-19)

JaneDoe #17 describes a problem using this software. She says that she is open to suggestions - a positive attitude. Why do people say the comment is not useful? Could they be representatives of Aprel Technologies?

Reply   |   Comment by GMac  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-26)

I'm confused. As I type this, I've read 17 "reviews" of this software. NONE of which were reviews about the software! Just "You can get better stuff "HERE" and it's free. Lower the price. Haven't tried it yet but will later. Blah blah blah.

If you haven't tried the software yet, DON'T post a review! Post comments in comments and leave the reviews to the folks who actually tried the product. The software company is looking for reviews, not for people pushing other software that "does the same thing". Feedback about pricing is important, but only as part of a full review. Posting "$200? You're crazy!" isn't helpful unless you post pricing of other similar packages.

These aren't reviews.... they are little more than a bunch of chat about something that nobody has tried yet. C'mon GOTD, set some clear guidelines for your comments and reviews section!

P.S. - I'm not trying this software because I couldn't find any helpful reviews :P

Reply   |   Comment by donebythefish  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

I don't know if there's something wrong with the program or it's just me: I've been looking for some time now to find a software able to run a scheduled shutdown on my other user. I gave this one a try, but it doesn't seem to be working like I meant it to.
I'm open to suggestions, but for me it's a no go.

Reply   |   Comment by JaneDoe  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

When a company offers commercial grade software of this type it lends itself open to litigation in the event of problems.
This means that its program development must be much more rigourous and this costs money.
Often on this page we see companies offer programs that only recover one file type, which is a total con, and they want more than $20 for their garbage.
So please before you complain about the price of this software, just give it some more thought.

Reply   |   Comment by OldScotty  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

LOWER the price to no more then $149.00

Reply   |   Comment by Tuuki  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-48)

@#11, Ian: Scott's messages was there first. Post #1 was inserted later on.

Reply   |   Comment by Sepp  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

I don't really see the price as being reasonable, or this software as being worth the money. I tend to have a batch file on the server set up with all the workstations copied out of GPO with the shutdown command, and linked to a daily task so that all pc's shut down at 9pm. Cost is nothing but a bit of time.

Reply   |   Comment by Oblivion  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Guess this one is for company use.
It is not expensive if you are controlling 100+ computers with this.

For personal user like me, it is not applicable.

Wish UBS had bought your software and shut down Kweku Adoboli's PC at stipulated times, so he cannot lose $2 Billion doing rogue trade on the sly.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)

ATTN #3 (aka Scott):

Read the first post from the Developer, Aprel Technologies.

"The Prof Shutdown 50 clients version that can be downloaded from giveawayoftheday is free for commercial use."

Reply   |   Comment by Ian  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)

Thanks Bubby.

And thanks GOTD & Aprel.

Reply   |   Comment by oliviab  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@6 I'm know for a fact there are a bazillion freeware programs that can shutdown your computer.

But you are comparing apples with oranges.

This software is designed for organisations or larger networks where you want to centralise the shutdown/reboot/wake up/lock of Multiple PCs.

This software works with Active Directory - something most larger windows networks are based on.

Even the price - $200. Sounds expensive? Well that includes 100 client licenses - so if you have 100 PCs $200 is all you pay.

There will be people who will come forward and say... yep I could whack something together with freeware for under $200 - well businesses I've worked for cost their developers out at $100 per hour - so you have 2 hours to have a solution in place, tested and running.

When it comes to the buy or build decision - in this case lots of companies would likely choose to buy - and be done with it (to build would cost a lot more).

So this has nothing to offer you on your small home network? Probably not.

But so you don't feel left out - there are some smarter power apps available that let you manage shutdowns and wakeups with a bit more control (than the usual power off in 60 seconds type of apps).

TOff - Initiate "power options" based on a timer, or a predetermined condition (lack of keyboard, mouse, CPU activity etc) http://dennisbabkin.com/toff/

WakeupOnStandby - Wake a PC from Sleep at a predetermined time - automate a series of actions. Can then return PC to sleep once actions have completed. http://dennisbabkin.com/wosb/

Granola - Save money and use less power while your PC is running. Runs your CPU with less power (and cooler) - free for individual PCs. http://grano.la/

Reply   |   Comment by BuBBy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+128)

I remember 5 years ago... Being system adminitrator at a school community (without money) I was requested by a teacher to give him remote control over the computers. Basically, he wanted to be able to lock / shutdown computers from his desk.

It was a surprisingly long search before I was able him something that worked and fit his budget (free).

So this program isn't as crazy as it looks. I'll check it later tonight.

Reply   |   Comment by Chi Dog  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

I am pretty sure there is a place for this software no matter how pointless it seems. The software mentioned in
Says they make massive savings using software like this.

Reply   |   Comment by Ryan  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

$200? No thanks.

I use the freeware Shutdown Scheduler... it never fails.



Reply   |   Comment by Amadeus  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+50)

@3 - Obviously if you have the authority to shut down the companies PCs, because you are the network administrator - you probably also have the ability to modify the rules on internal firewalls to permit that shutdown to take place.

Reply   |   Comment by BuBBy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+40)

•Checking online status of PC (Ping).

What if the ping is blocked by firewall, how do you check the online status of PC?

Reply   |   Comment by Yo  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

3) Strictly personal usage.

This software would only be useful for commercial use as for the personal user the inbuilt functions of windows suffice. So using this software on any more than 1 computer breaches the terms of the agreement immediately. $200 for this. That's daylight robbery and $190 overpriced. Major thumbs down on this giveaway unfortunately

Reply   |   Comment by Scott  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

$200 for a build in routine ? And the excuse is:

Aprel Technologies: "The program performs efficiently in enterprise-scale network with hundreds of computers and can be used just as well in a smaller network of just a few PC. It allows network administrators to shutdown, reboot, hibernate or wake up (Wake-on-LAN) multiple machines simultaneously."

There is way cheaper (and better) solutions on the internet, that is able to do the same work !

As an administrator you have the full access to the network anyways ! Therefore do you only have to turn on the remote ports, at each PC in the network ! And to ease things a little bit you can find a freeware remote program that can do the same or more !

Reply   |   Comment by Trucker  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+56)


The Prof Shutdown 50 clients version that can be downloaded from giveawayoftheday is free for commercial use.

If you need more than 50 clients license, including support and upgrades, please contact us today to get the special offer:

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Please, provide your organisation name and contact person name.

Reply   |   Comment by Aprel Technologies  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)
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