Top 10 Great Screen Savers For Windows

A good and safe screensaver can be hard to find. They have become popular programs for viruses and malware to piggyback on, and many may require or attempt to force the installation of unwanted toolbars and software. These days, many people do not even use screen savers for their originally intended purpose, often simply setting their computer to shut off the monitor after idling for too long. But, there are several really fascinating and useful screensavers out there for those who enjoy them, and we have tracked down a sampling of some really fun and safe to use screensavers for your perusal and enjoyment. Read on to see our findings:

NOTE:These screensavers work both in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, with one exception:Security Essentials Screensaver works only in Windows 7, if you have Microsoft Security Essentials installed.

1. 3D Falling Leaves Screensaver

We wanted to begin by featuring a screen saver from for a couple of reasons. Firstly, several of their screen savers are very pretty, and they have one of the largest selections of savers you are going to find. Also, if you use almost any search engine to find free screensavers their website's search engine optimization is very solid, and it's almost certainly going to appear at the top of your browser. However, more importantly, these screen savers can be risky to use if you do not read the fine print. While we've found none that actually carry viruses, the installation process will put you through several screens like the one below. These screens often offer advertising software and system tools that in many cases may serve as a distraction on your computer. Make sure to carefully read every panel and uncheck the extra software that’s bundled beyond the screen saver installed on your computer!

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To their credit, they are pretty straightforward about their process and give you every opportunity to say no to any extra software. The reason they have all of these neat screensavers for free is because of all the sponsors they have paying them to advertise through their product. And, if you're smart about it, you can enjoy their best screensavers without taking anything you don't want away from it.

One of their screen savers we have enjoyed in particular is the 3D Falling Leaves Screensaver. It depicts one of a few landscapes that emphasize the best of nature during the Fall season.

Windows, Screensaver, downloadDownload:3D Falling Leaves Screensaver

2. Security Essentials Screensaver

This little gem has the added quality of automatically running a Microsoft Security Essentials scan in the background when it is activated. Simply install it and set it as your default screensaver, and Windows will take care of scanning your computer whenever the screensaver is activated. You can literally set it and forget it, keeping your drives clean.

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Obviously, you need Microsoft Security Essentials installed on your computer, which means that this screensaver works only on Windows 7. Also, if you want more specific installation instructions, check out this guide: Automatically Scan Your PC With Microsoft Security Essentials When System Is Idle.

Download:Security Essentials Screensaver

3. Polar Clock

This screensaver shows the month, day, day of the week, hour, minute and second on six bars that gradually concentrically circle the screen as time passes. It's an interesting display, I bet it'd be especially cool to have this one running for the New Years' Eve countdown!

Windows, Screensaver, downloadDownload:Polar Clock

4. Flurry

A deviantART user developed a version of this popular Mac screensaver that functions on Windows. However, despite the fact that it was an original deviantART creation, it can no longer be found on deviantART website because it has been picked up by Softonic. They have added an option to install their toolbar in the installation process of the screen saver, so you'll have to make sure to uncheck the box if you do not want this added to your browser.

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Once you have it installed, the screensaver runs it's design just like the Mac version, and is both mesmerizing and simple at the same time. Pictures don't really do this one justice, but the video below comes close!


5. 3D Time Screensaver

If you'd like a simple screensaver that tells you the time, this one might fit your utilitarian desires. It's a very simple black and white depiction of the current time in military format, moving towards the screen as every second passes.

Windows, Screensaver, downloadDownload:3D Time Screensaver

6. UsefulSaver

This one provides a lot of information about your computer including CPU usage and how much of your memory is being used. It also includes the date and time, and allows you to put in your own text files so you can have it say whatever you like on the screen. If you intend to use it for actual screen saving purposes be sure to turn on the "ScreenWash" option in the settings.

Windows, Screensaver, downloadDownload:UsefulSaver

7. Electric Sheep

This screensaver, referred to as "sheep," uses images that are downloaded through a working Internet connection into your computer. While the screensaver runs, you are able to vote on the "sheep" presented to you, which influences the central database's choices on which kinds of "sheep" are most preferred by users. Several of the "sheep" can be quite mesmerizing and even artistic. If you're interested in what are often beautiful computer-generated images, this program is definitely worth a look; even if you don't necessarily need an actual screen saver. Just like Flurry above, pictures don't quite do Electric Sheep justice.

Download:Electric Sheep

8. Sun Village – NVIDIA Edition

During the research for this article, we were surprised to discover that Nvidia developed some interesting screensavers. Sun Village is one of the most complex screensavers we have seen so far because it combines 3D images with sound. Download it from the link below and try it. You'll be very delighted with how it looks.

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During the installation process, be careful though, as this screensaver bundles a third-party application that you might not want: 3Planesoft Screensaver Manager. Uncheck it if you want to install just the screensaver.

Windows, Screensaver, downloadDownload:Sun Village – NVIDIA Edition

9. Lost Watch 2 – NVIDIA Edition

Lost Watch 2 is another screensaver created by Nvidia. It look great and also it is useful because it tells you the time. The same as Sun Village, screensaver it combines images with relaxing sounds.

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During the installation process, be careful though, as this screensaver bundles a third-party application that you might not want: 3Planesoft Screensaver Manager. Uncheck it if you want to install just the screensaver.

Download:Lost Watch 2 – NVIDIA Edition

10. Solar System - Uranus 3D

The screensaver is a very subjective choice. In most cases it represents something that we like. So, if you are passionate about the Solar System, you might enjoy screensaver. It depicts a 3D image of the planet Uranus. Give it a chance and tell us how you find it.

Windows, Screensaver, downloadDownload:Solar System - Uranus free 3D screensaver v1.4


We hope you found this roundup useful and exciting. If you have other good screen savers you would like to recommend, don't hesitate to leave a comment below.

About the Author: Mihai-Emilian Blaga
Emilian is very passionate about technology. He is a student at the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. He also loves cars and video games. When he has some free time, he doesn't hesitate to watch a good movie.