Shutdown Counter is a tiny and portable piece of software that can automatically trigger a power option for the computer or pop up an alert box according to a user-defined countdown timer. It includes only basic options that can be easily configured.
As there is no installation involved, you can save the executable file to any part of the hard disk and just clik it to run. Otherwise, you can copy Shutdown Counter to a USB flash disk or similar removable device, to be able to run it on any PC effortlessly and without prior installers.
Worth keeping in mind is that the tool does not add new entries to the Windows registry or Start menu, leaving no traces behind after removal.
As far as the UI is concerned, the main window is small and has a simple structure. It is possible to select the power option between shutdown, restart, log off and alert box. All you have to do is specify the countdown timer (in hours, minutes and seconds) and click a button to initialize it.
Evaluation and conclusion
The tool is undemanding when it comes to CPU and RAM, so it does not affect the PC's overall performance. No error dialogs were shown in our testing, and the app did not hang or crash. When it comes down to it, Shutdown Counter offers a simple solution to automatically powering off the PC based on a countdown timer.