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Essential PIMUsing a PC to manage your personal information isn't as easy as it should be, because there are far too many programs to choose from. In my experience most PIM products are either way too complicated, or difficult to use, or both.

Essential PIM strikes a nice balance. It's a Windows program which offers a really nice calendar, notepad and task list. There's even an email client built in, so you can use it to read and send mail. It's reminiscent of Microsoft Outlook, but is much less complex. And although it's a paid-for product, there's also a free version available that has all of the above-mentioned features in a perfectly usable form.

Try it for yourself. The download page is at and it's around 12 MB. Ensure you choose the free download rather than the Pro one.

You can choose either an installable version or a portable one. Essential PIM is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust.

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Thanks to all who commented before.
Special kudos to MC!
Just alone this discussion makes me stay away from it!

I wanted to try Essential PIM, but my security client blocked the download link because it went to C-Net, which I will not use. This is the link UOrigin blocked:

Is there a direct link?

Try: It does not seem to go to CNET from the portable nor installable free-version links, I've used it without trouble for a while.

Did you try them recently? Have tried since this article was posted, and tried just now too. Both the links lead to CNET.

I was able to download it thru Major geeks with no problems from uBlock Origin. I am on vacation now and brought my Chrome book with me, so haven't done much with it yet.

Obviously, I'm even futher over the hill than I thought I was!

I got same response when clicked on CNET link. uOrigin does that to me a lot there. uO will offer to temp disable the block. It might have to do with those annoying CNET videos that begin to auto-play. The direct to maker links are Ok.
Decent program for what it is but don't use it much since have Outlook & using a 3rd party schedule alert program.
uO message below:
Because of the following filter
Found in: uBlock filters – Badware risks

Thank you, beergas. At least I know I'm not alone! If uBlock warns me against something, I don't disable the alert.

The direct link is in the article.

That is the link that led me to the warning about C-Net. I was asking if there is a direct link to the company itself.

I tried posting this a few minutes ago, but it didn't appear. I apologize if this comes through twice!

Thank you, rhiannon, but this is the same link in the review that I tried previously. This is the message that I received again:

uBlock Origin has prevented the following page from loading:
Because of the following filter ||^$document
Found in: uBlock filters – Badware risks

Thank you all who have responded, but I have decided not to download it at this time.

That is very odd, since I have uBlock Origin as well, and when I click on the link it goes directly to the link I listed and the one in the article itself. It doesn't block anything or say anything about cnet. The link is not obfuscated in any way.

I understand not wanting to download the program, I'm wondering why uBlock Origin is blocking it on your system and not on mine. Curious as always. :)

I just went to Download Crew and got the same response: uBlock Origin has prevented the following page from loading:
Because of the following filter ||^$document

Maybe it's something in my computer if everyone else can download this without any problems, but I can't. I'm glad that, if it is a bad link or something, that UBlock Origin is there to protect me. For the time being, I am going to put this aside and may try later when we get back from vacation.

I replied to you through the other reply, but wanted to put it in it's proper place.

Thank you so much for checking into this further for me! And anyone else who might have the same problem. And thank you for the new link to Download Crew. Since I just wanted to try this out for my personal use--I am retired--I wasn't really interested in the Pro version.

We are leaving for vacation later today, so I will download this and try it out when we get home. I'll be taking my Chromebook with me on our trip.

Thank you so much for your help!

You can download from here:

All trustworthy links.

CNET is blocked by uorigin because CNET wraps the download with its own installer, which contains adware.

Sites such as Softpedia, MajorGeeks, FreewareFiles etc are good in this respect.

Thank you so much, Anupam! I hadn't thought of MajorGeeks, although I have downloaded other programs there. I have downloaded it with no problems. After I've used it for awhile, I'll report back. Thanks for all of the comments, everyone.

was wondering how safe is this program? does it phone home with all your info? what assurances do we have about this? thanks. clas

It is perfectly safe - I have been using it for quite a while.

you say its perfectly safe??? is that because you say it? hard for me to believe anyone that says something is safe without some sort of proof. yahoo said our info was safe...

If I were that worried about a product I would do extensive internet searches using multiple search engines, I would check the user forums at both the program site and places like Wilders Security forums, check for site ratings at a place like WOT (which in itself is not always a reliable indicator but you can get some useful comments after weeding out the useless rants), check program reviews at various sites and any comments there, etc.
Asking here and then discounting replies won't get you the reassurance you asked for. Editors here check out the programs to the best of their ability using various tools including VirusTotal and WOT. Many programs, like this one, have been around for a good number of years and have many users.
There is no "proof" that anyone can provide you that anything is safe on the internet. The best you can do is conduct your own research and decide what to do from that point. I assume you have the ability and tools to monitor the ports on your internet connection and monitor what programs "phone home", and understand why they do so. If you're interested in the program, install the portable version, and monitor its activity. Portable versions of programs install minimal files so they can function and are lighter and easier on system resources, though none can be guaranteed 100% safe.


After I read this reply, I decided to go back and try to download the portable version, but got the same reply.
uBlock Origin has prevented the following page from loading:
Because of the following filter ||^$document
Found in: uBlock filters – Badware risks

I will keep my eye on this though because it seems to be something I might be able to use.
Thanks for suggesting the portable version, and I hope it works out for others!

I think I got it. The Pro download links start a direct download from the site. The free version download links go to cnet.

Update: It seems that Download Crew is linking these downloads to cnet as well. See the links in Anupam's comments if you'd rather not use cnet.

Download Crew has the free version here:

And the Portable version here:

uBlock Origin blocks cnet as well as other questionable sites. 

Are you serious?
Contact the author, visit the forums
I have it, use it and have had no trouble
Take it for what it is worth - or not

Essential PIM use fake identities to spam sites, and have done, including ours, in the past. Maybe because of this they have been put onto a blocklist somewhere which might explain what some have experienced when trying to access the link. MC - Site Manager.

I have never seen that. The program is good and the author very responsive to user suggestions and needs

Not wanting to be too cynical but devs are usually responsive when the intention is to make money. The list of freeware product spam posts on this site where there is also a commercial "upgrade" is pretty extensive. It's just something we expect and have to live with, and the mods act accordingly. MC - Site Manager.

i bought a lifetime license and do not regret
I have not seen the spam of which you speak on their site.
CNET is an entirely different can of worms

The author has been responsive and has made several updates to version 7 including a lot of interface tweaks. I have a pretty sensitive greed radar and this guy does not set it off

The spam is not on their site, but was posted here some time ago, or at least it was until the mods deleted it. Other examples of developer spam posted here by folks pretending to be ordinary registered members are: Aomei (notorious), Lookeen, Ashampoo, My Wi-fi Router, Sharepod, Aneesoft, Bigasoft, Stellar Recovery, LucidChart, MyChat, 5K Player, Evo Solutions... and so the list goes on. We of course are not the only site targeted by these folks in this manner. Some users may find this method of promotion acceptable and yet many of those complaining about spam in our comments and forum are happy enough to use spam products. Each to their own of course but we have a pretty fool proof process for identifying spam comments and no matter if the product is featured here in an article, they will still get deleted. MC - Site Manager.

I was not aware of this. I have had no indication of abuse fro the EssentialPim authoor nor Ashampoo (other thant their obnoxious ads each time you start a program)