Websites that offer free desktop screensavers include NewFreeScreensavers.com, ScreensaversPlanet.com and Freesaver.com. These websites provide animated and slideshow screensavers, and they let users preview the content before downloading and installing them. Some screensavers include ads and additional third-party software, but users can choose not to install them during the setup process.
NewFreeScreensavers.com features a list of main categories, allowing users to click on arrows next to some of them to access further subcategories. The website also includes an option to filter screensavers for Windows and Mac PCs. By clicking on the Preview Screensaver button, users can see the screensaver in action as a YouTube video. Selecting a screensaver results in downloading an executable setup file that initiates the installation process. After installing the screensaver, users can select it via the Personalization dialog box and the Screen Saver option.
ScreensaversPlanet.com lets users tick boxes to specify the operating system, type of screensaver and choose between screensavers that are completely free and those that are free to try for a short period. As of 2015, the website hosts more than 600 screensavers, which users can browse by selecting a desired category or using the search field on the home page. Freesaver.com features categories such as animals, art, fantasy and games, among others, and displays a description for each screensaver within the selected category. Pages for individual screensavers provide information regarding supported resolutions and dual-monitor capabilities.