Ginseng Alternatives

    Ginseng is described as 'lightweight desktop app for Windows that will keep your computer awake when active. This is useful for computers which have a screensaver policy that locks the computer after periods of inactivity' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Ginseng for Windows, Mac and Android. The best alternative is Don't Sleep, which is free. Other great apps like Ginseng are Caffeine for Windows (Free), Mouse Jiggler (Free, Open Source), Should I Sleep (Paid) and Keep Screen On (Free).

    This page was last updated Aug 11, 2020

    1. Don't Sleep is a small portable program to prevent system shutdown, Standby, Hibernate, Turn Off and Restart.
    2. If you have problems with your PC locking or going to sleep, caffeine will keep it awake. It works by simulating a keypress once every 59 seconds, so your machine thinks you're still working at the keyboard, so won't lock the screen or activate the screensaver.


      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      Mouse Jiggler is a very simple piece of software whose sole function is to "fake" mouse input to Windows, and jiggle the mouse pointer back and forth.
    3. Annoyed by the display getting dim when you're reading or watching something? What if the computer could “see and hear” you? By using a combination of heuristic sensors, such as FACE DETECTION, Should I Sleep checks if you are actually at the computer before it sleeps.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Android
      Annoyed by your screen turning off when you're using certain apps? Don't change your display settings and waste battery by keeping the screen on when the home screen is open. Just install this app and tell it which apps you want to keep the screen on for.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Android
      no Sleep prevents your device going in deep sleep mode. It is installed as widget only. So you have to add the 'no Sleep'-widget to a launcherscreen. After that, the 'deep sleep' mode of the device is disabled.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      PleaseSleep is a utility software designed for Mac OS X that helps put your computer to sleep when you know some other app is preventing your Mac from going to sleep.

      Discontinued

      The developer has quit and the official site is gone except for a farewell message, but the site has been archived by Internet Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20151202113600/http://www.dragonone.com/products/macosx/pleasesleep/

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      NoDoze simulates keyboard/mouse activity to keep the screensaver from activating. Its activity depends on currently running programs. You can use regular expressions or Windows wildcards to choose when the screensaver is deactivated.
    4. Coffee will keep your computer wide awake while your network is active or a program. Coffee prevents standby when your traffic speed on a selected network adapter is above the user configurable threshold or specific software selected.
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    5. Prevents your computer from going to sleep, hibernate, dim the display or start the screensaver. Application runs in the system tray when closed. New in version v1.3: -Parameter support. v1.2: Option to let display fall asleep. v1.1: Sleep timer.
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