Solved CPU-Z: completely legit?


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I've been using CPU-Z for years, and never had any reason to doubt its reports on my hardware.

Today, I went to the Graphics tab and (maybe for the first time ever) clicked the Tools button at the bottom of the screen, and then the "Check for driver updates" item.

That took me to an unsavory-looking site marked NOT SECURE in Chrome, and the site is peddling one of those "free scan" programs that has to be downloaded and run, and then requires payment if any action on the program's findings is desired. There is no pricing available on the one page the site has.

Is there any reason to suspect that CPU-Z is not legitimate? What, me worry? Well, yes, sometimes.
 
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The only place I would get drivers from is from the part MFG. I would never use any other site.
 

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Is there any reason to suspect that CPU-Z is not legitimate? What, me worry? Well, yes, sometimes.
No, but 'free' software needs to be supported somehow, and sponsored ads are one such way. Just don't click the 'check for driver updates' link and you should be safe :wink:

Your dealings with advertisers and third party vendors found on or through the CPUID Services, including your participation in promotions, the purchase of goods, and any terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such activities, are solely between you and the third party. CPUID does not make any representations or warranties with respect to any goods or web sites that may be obtained from such third parties, and you agree that CPUID will have no liability for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of any activities you undertake in connection with the use of or reliance on any content, goods, services, information or other materials available, or through such third parties, on our Site. You acknowledge that such external sites usually have their own terms and conditions, including privacy policies, over which CPUID has no control and which will govern your rights and obligations with respect to the use of those Web sites.
 

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Could be something wrong with the latest update of CPU-Z 1.98. Updated yesterday a system or two, wanted to do the same today for other, and the update was pulled from the site

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Could be something wrong with the latest update of CPU-Z 1.98. Updated yesterday a system or two, wanted to do the same today for other, and the update was pulled from the site

the 1.98 version wasn't really pulled from the site
maybe on that other system you needed to clear the web browser cache and reload the site or wait another day or two to visit the site which should offer the 1.98 version

I usually get the zip or portable cpu-z download (not the one with the setup installer) so I manually replace the older files with the new version
 

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Interesting. I thought I had the portable version, and there is no CPU-Z entry in my Programs and Features list of installed programs, but when I just now went for the .zip to update to 1.98, all I got was this:
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... and, as you can see, the .ini, the readme, and the x32.exe are superfluous. I just needed to replace the previous .exe with the new one.

But when I looked at the folder I had the previous version (1.97) in, it contained three folders alongside the .exe and the .ini: App, Data, and Other. I think I must have used the installer sometime earlier, to get those folders in there. And when I replaced the .exe and deleted the three folders, the program ran exactly as expected.

Can any of you colleagues who have participated in this thread (or other members) confirm for me that your folder with the portable cpuz_x64.exe in it does NOT have three folders in there with it?

Thanks.

Dan
 

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the 1.98 version wasn't really pulled from the site
maybe on that other system you needed to clear the web browser cache and reload the site or wait another day or two to visit the site which should offer the 1.98 version

I usually get the zip or portable cpu-z download (not the one with the setup installer) so I manually replace the older files with the new version
It was re-uploaded on the site a couple of days later. You are aware that this was 10 days ago?

Can't be the problem with browser cache, as I've downloaded it, and when I checked later, it was pulled... But who cares now...
 

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Hi,
Not sure I understand the question rog version
Portable does not install it just runs so just right click the x64 seeing nobody has x32 anymore and shortcut to desktop is what I do.
Might want to right click the zip folder and properties and unblock cpu-z first so it runs properly.
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No problem. Please ignore my query. The folder I have the executable stored in has only one other file now: the .ini. It doesn't matter where the extra (now deleted) folders came from. They're history. Thanks.
 

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Hi,
I don't show a update driver on graphic's tab on rog version

Any graphic's goodies I'd use gpu-z

 

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CPU-Z is fine. I wouldn't trust advertisers from anywhere, including Microsoft, Google and Apple.
 

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Updated to 1.98 a couple of days ago via Winget and have seen no problems with it.
 

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