This free program can reduce the negative effects of prolonged computer use.

  • Reminds you to take computer rest breaks.
  • Compose your own reminder message.
  • Set the reminder time interval as you like.
  • Compatible with current Windows desktop operating systems.
  • No email address required.
  • Use this free version as long as you like – there is no 30 day time limit.
  • Digitally signed and protected using Microsoft Authenticode technology.

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Not enough computer rest breaks may increase the risk of:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Computer vision syndrome (CVS)
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Mouse elbow (epicondylitis)

Frequently Asked Questions:

Absolutely NOT!

Many software creators and distributors bundle their installers and updaters with potentially unwanted programs, or PUPs, which can include adware, dubious PC utilities, browser toolbars and browser hijackers, the last of which change browser homepages and search engines without the user’s permission.

Even some popular web browsers have been know to change your home page and default search engine to promote their special interests.

We don’t do any of that. We only include RestBreak software components in the download on this page and website.

For more information about PUPs and how to easily remove them, see this article:

12 Downloads that Sneak Unwanted Software into Your PC

No.  If it did that, there would be times when your computer were ‘locked’ during a rest break that you really, really, really needed to use it.  Possibly, even for an emergency.

After all, rest breaks should occur multiple times per hour, thousands of times per year.  So it is likely that there will be times that a break occurs when an urgent need to access the computer resources exists.  If your computer were ‘locked’ that would be a problem.

The program does, however, keep the reminder message visible on the screen and above any other windows until you click OK on it.  When you see the reminder, take responsibility and take a rest break.

It is only free if you have not yet made a donation. If you have made a donation, thank you. If enough donations are received, the program can continue on a donation basis. If not, we may have to charge a fee for using the program.

Taking rest breaks may help, but if you have any symptoms of RSI, you should seek medical or professional assistance. Do not ignore even minor or infrequent symptoms.

Here is what the Harvard RSI Action Center says:

“If you have very occasional symptoms, once a week or less, you should still worry. You may be slowly building up damage to your tissues, and the problems may get much worse over time. See a doctor. Try to fix your ergonomics or work habits, so that you never have problems.”