A good and safe screensaver can be hard to find. They have become popular programs for viruses and malware to piggyback on and 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 fun and safe to use screensavers, for your perusal and enjoyment. Read on to see our findings:
NOTE: All the screensavers in this roundup work in all modern Windows versions: Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.
Fliqlo is the perfect screensaver for those who are in love with minimalism. It’s an extremely simple clock screensaver, that displays a flip clock on your desktop. We love it, and we bet there will be many of our readers who will like it too.
One of the best screensavers for Windows is a port of a series of videos used by Apple TV. It’s called Aerial and it features some breathtaking aerial movies shot over New York, San Francisco, Hawaii, China and so on.
3. League of Legends
We are gamers, and one of our favorite game is League of Legends, so you can easily imagine how thrilled we were when we found out that Riot Games actually made a League of Legends screensaver. And it’s not just a simple screensaver - it’s an app that lets you choose what artwork, images, and animations will be displayed on your screen when your computer sits idle. What are you waiting for? Go grab it now!
Download: League of Legends Screensaver
4. Japan Spring
Japan is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and definitely one of the most interesting. Two of the things that contribute to its legend are Mount Fuji and the sakura, or cherry blossom. If you want to feel closer to Japan and see something beautiful, you should try the Japan Spring screensaver. It’s peaceful, warm and perfect.
Download: Japan Spring
5. Polar Clock 3
This screensaver shows the month, day, the 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, and we bet it'd be especially cool to have this one running for the New Year's Eve countdown!
Download: Polar Clock
A deviantART user developed a version of this popular Mac screensaver that functions on Windows. Once you have it installed, the screensaver runs its design just like the Mac version and is both mesmerizing and simple at the same time. It’s interesting to know that, despite the fact that it was an original deviantART creation, it can no longer be found on deviantART website. But, it’s still available to download in various locations on the internet, like the one below.
7. 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.
Download: 3D Time Screensaver
This one provides a lot of information about your computer including CPU usage and how much of your RAM 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.
9. Electric Sheep
This screensaver, referred to as "sheep," uses images that are downloaded through a working internet connection on 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.
Download: Electric Sheep
10. 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 delighted with how it looks.
During the installation process, be careful, 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: Sun Village – NVIDIA Edition
11. Lost Watch 2 – NVIDIA Edition
Lost Watch 2 is another screensaver created by Nvidia. It looks great and also it is useful because... it tells you the time. The same as Sun Village, this screensaver combines images with relaxing sounds. During the installation process, be careful, 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
We hope you found this roundup useful and exciting and, hopefully, now you have a few options for beautifying your computer’s screen when it’s standing idle. If you know other good screensavers which you would like to recommend, don't hesitate to leave a comment below.