The first step in finding a reliable activity monitoring software
review would be to find a reliable review website or online magazine.
I have noticed that some software vendors quote very dubious
quotations from reputable sites like ZDNET or PC Magazine - as if
these sites have actually reviewed the software.
Also, with some humor, the same person quoted as a pleased customer is
actually saying the exact things about 2 different named products. For
M. Jordan says the exact same things about Actom
(http://www.actmon.com/computer-monitoring/reviews/) as he says about
iOpus STARR software:
The products may be identical but the quotations have been somewhat
'doctored'. Other sites with 'reviews' have ceased to exist and cannot
be resolved by DNS.
Another thing to look out for is software vendors quoting 'reviews'
from Download sites like Download.Com or ZDNET.
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that anyone, including software vendors,
can post a stellar review of software on the various download sites.
One Program I have used myself and was very pleased with is PC
Activity Monitor Net v5.1. I found it performed as stated
and did not come with any malware/spyware etc.
I used it after reading a review on Geek.Com, a website that I fairly
trust for unbiased reviews:
"PC Activity Monitor Net is a great system administrator/power user
level application. Personally, I would not let regular consumer level
PC users try it initially, not without a lot of training and
explanation. It is an excellent way to monitor all PC activity on any
This is good for the security-conscious admin at small through
enterprise level companies. It also works well for the parents who
wonder what Junior has been doing on the PC while Mom and Dad weren't
Another website that has a very high trustworthy reputation factor is
You can read 4 reviews on Activity Monitoring software (IamBigBrother,
Spector Pro, PC Tattletale and eBlaster):
Sites such as http://www.spy-software-review.com/ claim to : "...help
you make a better decision on your purchase of computer spy software,
internet spy software, key loggers, anti spyware and other PC
Our spy software experts individually review each spyware program and
rate them according to performance,
functionality, speed, stealth and overall performance. "
But further examination shows that they do not actually review the
various software, but tend to cut & paste each software's features and
then put them up in a quick comparison chart.