Anti-frustration software maker Soluto has just launched their newest product, and it’s pretty great. Now you can manage all of your (and your family members’) computers from one web interface. It’s in private beta, but we’ve got invites for How-To Geek readers.
Note: We’re going to take you through a couple of screenshots and show the basics of how it works, but there’s too much to really put into a single article—so you can, and should, make sure to grab the link and invite code from the bottom of the article and install it for yourself.
Soluto’s New Web-Based Computer Management
Once you’ve signed up and created an account, you’ll be able to see the main management panel, which lets you see all of your computers at a glance and invite friends or family members that you help to install the client on their machine. Once you’ve added your computers and gotten your family members to sign up as well, you can see everything in one screen like this:
Once you dive down into one of the computers, you’ll see an overview of the computer (the screenshot at the top of the article), and you can perform all the same tasks that you are familiar with from the old version of Soluto, like removing applications from your boot, which is almost easier to do from the web interface.
Note: the great thing is that the other computer does not have to be online to perform these tasks. The next time their computer boots up, Soluto will make the changes required.
You can check their Firewall status, Windows patches, and if they don’t have any anti-virus installed, you can even push the installation down to their machine—either AVG Free or Microsoft Security Essentials, and make sure that it’s updated. It will automatically install on their computer.
There’s an entire panel to clean up browser extensions and plugins and change the browser home page or search engines, which might seem silly to a geek, but this is one of the most tedious and annoying things to deal with on a family member’s PC, especially when they install junkware that changes them or installs toolbars. You can just quickly click to change everything back to normal.
There’s even a hardware view that shows you everything from driver versions to the CPU temperature. That’s right, you can see the fan speed and CPU temperature from a web browser anywhere.
There’s a lot more that you can do in the management panel, but you can go and check it out for yourself. Soluto has also told us that they will be pushing down a lot of updates over the next few months, and adding even more management capabilities—we can’t tell you everything they’ve got planned, but rest assured that it’s pretty cool.
Important Notes and Other FAQs
You might have a few questions, and here’s your answers:
- Soluto Web will always be free for up to 5 computers. More than that will eventually cost money.
- Anybody you invite won’t need a code.
- Yes, you should try it out.
We should also note, for all the haters out there, that this is not a marketing post. We actually like and recommend Soluto, and the guys over there at Soluto have always been friends of us here at How-To Geek.
Grab Your Copy of New Soluto
There’s nothing left to do but sign up and test it out for yourself. Just head to the link, use the code, and then sign up for an account.
Note: their servers are getting hit pretty hard this morning.
Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.
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- Published 12/13/11