Brutus 2006 is a lightweight but powerful application that allows you to configure power management functions for your computer. It can be easily handled, even by less experienced users.
After program installation, you can access the 'Control Panel' of the tool and specify how you would like Windows to shut down. So, you can select the normal exit or forced one (force-close all active applications).
But Brutus 2006 can also set the operating system to terminate hung applications and to try to end applications automatically.
Either of these options can be enabled, whether you want to log off, restart or shut down the computer. Plus, the tool can try to decrease the start menu delay time.
On the top of the layout you can view the current running time of your OS, while on the bottom you can find out the computer name, current user and whether you are the administrator or not.
Another feature of Brutus 2006 lets you customize the start menu entries. Thus, you can configure common settings (e.g. try to hide Favorites, Documents, Search, Help, Run) and special items on the two-column start menu (e.g. try to hide the user name, pinned programs list, most frequently used programs list, My Documents, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Printers and Faxes). These options can be applied for the current or all users.
The installed files of Brutus 2006 provide four shortcuts; once double-clicked, they allow you to immediately lock, log off, restart or turn off the computer. Additionally, you can check out a 'Readme' file and visit the developer's homepage.
The simple-to-use utility requires a very low amount of system resources and has a good response time. Brutus 2006 works well; it did not cause Windows to freeze, crash or display error dialogs. Unfortunately, the tool has not been updated for a long time and it doesn't support the latest operating systems, such as Windows 7.