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The Helios screensaver features attraction/repulsion particle effects and smooth implicit surfaces, with colorful results. You can set the number of ions and emitters, adjust the animation and camera speed, customize the motion blur and set a frame rate limit.

Price Free    Disk 0.19-3.93 MB    Windows Apple for Windows, Mac    Downloads 125,065
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Virus scanner1052-Helios.zipHelios2.1.1.dmg
F-SecureTrojan-Downloader:W32/Kavala.B *
Last scanned2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

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We have 2 files for "Helios"

  1.   1052-Helios.zip (Windows)
  2.   Helios2.1.1.dmg (Mac)
File report #1
File name1052-Helios.zip
Target system Microsoft Windows
File size194.51 kB (199,179 bytes)
File typeZIP archive
Detection ratio1/14 (7.14%)   View report
Total downloads103,558
Last downloaded1 hour ago
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File nameHelios2.1.1.dmg
Target system Apple Mac
File size3.93 MB (4,117,458 bytes)
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Total downloads21,507
Last downloaded6 hours ago
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User reviews (48)

Have it on my HP i7 from almost 15 years with W10, simply PERFECT.

by Raidek on January 20, 2024

Anti-virus found a virus in this. https://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/trojan-downloader-w32-kavala.shtml

Screensavers Planet: Thank you. It's a false positive, we've reported it to F-Secure.

by Aki on November 20, 2023

It works great on Windows 10, although some people seem to have had problems with it. I guess that means it's a hardware or driver issue or something.

A certain 7-year-old loves it, although she prefers "Fireflies."

by A human on December 24, 2022

I like it a lot except approximately every 10 minutes or so the screen saver will freeze up and ill have to hit "esc" and log back in to refresh it otherwise it will permanently hang, seems to be some sort of bug, am running,
i9 12900k 64BG ram, 3080ti.

by Dale on December 14, 2022

Is the best screensaver

by Karel on June 13, 2022

Does not work in Windows 10 as of Nov. 5 2021.

by Anonymous on November 5, 2021

Screensaver looks nice, but I don't like the fast spinning & rotating movements. Screensavers should be slow. This one is distracting.

by Jason on June 15, 2021

Stunning, but power hungry. Fan turns on almost as soon as this starts

by J on February 10, 2021

Better than flying toasters~~

by Jayden on January 12, 2021

This is a very nice screensaver.

by Itzhak Hasson on November 7, 2020


by PAUL on August 25, 2020

Gorgeous! Runs great on Windows 10, HP I5 laptop. Doesn't seem to make it too hot, although the fan is pretty obnoxious in general when it takes off like a 747 lol! Great screensaver regardless of my relatively cheap student laptop.

by Patrick on July 16, 2020

Beautiful, but you will need a fairly powerful or modern GPU for it to be smooth. You should probably avoid it if you have a laptop (unless it's a gaming laptop). My Surface Book sounds like it's gonna take off any minute. Can't imagine it's good for the components to run this for a long time due to thermal stress.

by AutoJunkie on June 17, 2020

to me helios and mac are synonymous. the best screensaver ever made. some settings and it's great, but other settings and it's one beautiful design after the next. forget the 'surface' option though. i think they just obscure the real beauty of the flying 'ions'. keep them smallish in size(3-6), 99% the 'blur', keep the speeds below 50%, & of course the most ions onscreen possible(2000). a mac without helios is a p.c.(ouch! not that bad but hyperbole works)

by assman on June 6, 2020

I have been using Helios for years on my Mac..I just got a new iMac (refurbished-lol)-and felt something was missing..AHHH..HELIOS...
Thanks so much folks..Helios is just as effective as a fish aquarium ..but on a higher frequency. Peace.

by LionHeart on May 13, 2020

Fantastic - was thrilled to see that it flows between all active screens! Excellent screen saver

by MPCole on April 1, 2020

This screensaver complete fubar'd my display on a 3840X1600. I had to reboot to resolve. Use at your own risk.

by Raible on March 23, 2020

I would love to use it but for some reason it laggs really bad, just freezes and jerks around..

by Amanda on March 18, 2020


by Nguyen Hung on February 18, 2020

IT'S FANTASTIC ! It extended across both monitors first time up and my jaw dropped. Win 10 Pro 1903 / Intel i3-8100 with integrated UHD Graphics 630 / everything 64-bit. Put the file in C:\Windows\SysWOW64 folder, and it automatically gets added to the list of available screensavers. It has lots of settings to tweak.

by Virtual on February 17, 2020

It works but my screen turn grey with vertical ugly stripes with this one, I have to shutdown to get my screen back to normal :(

by Xpleen on January 20, 2020

Why does Helio sonly cover a quarter of my screen? Can it be made full screen?

by Stan on January 18, 2020

Doesn't work on macOS Catalina 10.15.2

by scb on December 25, 2019

This screen saver works great, at least on my pc it does not give me issues, but then again I am running a 9900 intel processor with a 2080 video card.. so the graphics is not an issue for me. Might be for lesser pc's though..

by Brogrammer on December 7, 2019

Nice it really makes me relax. Nice work really good graphical.

by Helium Boy on December 3, 2019

loved this screensaver but after the recent update, it only shows in the bottom corner of display screen </3

by not important on October 9, 2019

It's the best looking screensaver I have seen but I think it has problems on windows 10, after it has kicked in once my pc starts freezing up and stalling. The mouse pointer messes up and sometimes turns into two pointers. Everything is fine again as soon as I get rid of Helios. Shame as it's so good looking

by woody on August 22, 2019

i cant get it to upload so..

by lauren m on July 1, 2019

Awesome! Beautiful on 2019 MBP running Mojave

by Ken on June 18, 2019

pretty awesome, but kinda laggy on my 2013 pc (what do u expect)
good on pc from 2016 and above

by David on May 14, 2019

its a bit laggy on windows 7 home basic; with intel i5.
would probably work better on a newer computer; my device is from 2013 lol

by shruggie on March 23, 2019


by Maureen on February 2, 2019

ILOVE it! it is so cool and actually works!

by liam on January 18, 2019

Excellent and VitusTotal detect 0
So I can install it on the PC on my clients.
Thanks !

by Joe Dirt on January 9, 2019

Wonderful ScreenSaver. Though I have a slight annoyance running it in windows 10 1803 on a i5 3470t integrated graphics. the preview works great. Yet when the screensaver starts after the timeout... the display is a slideshow with 4 second intervals between screens, which do seem to be calculated in the background, though the display doesn't get updated... I'm guessing this is a windows problem, as usual.

by Jim B on September 24, 2018

Nice. Works in Windows 7 Pro.

by lihe on June 30, 2018

Works great on Win10 Pro 64 with 2x AMD Sapphire RX 480's. Flipping beautiful @ 3440x1440 100Hz ! BEAUTIFUL!

by Morky on June 19, 2018

Doesn't work with Windows 10 1803 and Nvidia 397.64WHQL: video freezes after 10 secs

by none on May 22, 2018

wow!!!! it's like cosmic bubbles and also phenomenal and perfect with intel core i3 7th gen

by pointlesshareb on December 2, 2017


by Barbara Carlin on September 26, 2017

Really good. Installed on a windows 10 and run perfectly. Thank you for this awesome free screen saver.

by Anibal on September 24, 2017

G R E A T!

by JAMES FRILEY on September 14, 2017

OMG! So Awesome! Thanks!

by Aaron on July 21, 2017

Simply amazing, you do need OpenGL graphics card driver

by Arczi on July 18, 2017

Very nice indeed. Thanks.

by Buzzy on June 22, 2017

Mesmerizing. That's the word that comes to mind when I first saw it in motion on my monitor. The pictures don't do it justice - you have to see it in motion.

by Richard Lim on November 17, 2016


by Ewan on September 27, 2016

Helios looks good in the thumbnails, but they don't do it justice. When you see it on your monitor, the motions and color changes are mesmerizing. Really beautiful.

It works perfectly in Windows 10. I unzipped the file, and moved it to C:/Windows/System 32. In my version of Windows 10, the settings are accessed by going to Start, Settings, Personalization, Lock Screen, then, at the bottom of the page, Screen saver settings.

We may no longer NEED screen savers, but that doesn't mean we don't WANT them. :o)

by YY4Me on May 9, 2016

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