Download EULAlyzer – Let it Read the EULA for You

image I’ve always considered that reading a Eula (End User License Agreement), as akin to reading the phone book; and who reads a phone book?

Without a doubt, I get pretty bored when reading EULA text; especially since I’m forced to read reams of small text, in a small window, which requires me to scroll continuously. I suspect, I’m not alone in this, and that most people just skim over the text; or don’t bother reading the EULA at all.

However, there’s a downside risk in not reading the EULA carefully. By not reading the EULA carefully, we may let ourselves in for some unwelcome, annoying, and potentially dangerous surprises.

One of the most important aspects of any software license agreement is, the information it provides concerning the intentions of the software, and whether there are additional components bundled with the main application.

Additional components that could potentially display pop-up ads, transmit personal identifiable information back to the developer, or use unique tracking identifiers.

Not all software applications contain these additional components of course, but you need to be aware of those that do when you are considering installing an application.

Software developers who choose to employ these tools, to gather information, are generally not underhanded, and in most cases there is full disclosure of their intent contained in the EULA – the end user license agreement. But here’s the rub – virtually no one reads EULAS.

If you are a Digsby user for example, and you haven’t read the EULA, then you are likely unaware that Digsby has the right to use YOUR computer for its OWN purposes.


EULAlyzer, a free application from Javacool Software, the SpywareBlaster developer, can make reading and analyzing license agreements, while not a pleasure, at least not as painful. This free application quickly scans a EULA, and points out words, statements, and phrases that you need to consider carefully.


Working similar to an anti-spyware program, EULAlyzer flags suspicious wording on a scale of 1 to 10, based on how critical the disclosed information can be to your security, or privacy.


If you, like me, download freeware frequently, then you need to read the software license agreement carefully. EULAlyzer will make it easier for you to focus on the important aspects of the agreement.

There is no doubt that we could all use a little help in working our way through these wordy, but necessary agreements. The reality is, all software EULAs should be read carefully.

Fast facts:

Discover potentially hidden behavior about the software you’re going to install.

Pick up on things you missed when reading license agreements.

Keep a saved database of the license agreements you view.

Instant results – super-fast analysis in just a second.

Knowledge is Power EULAlyzer makes it simple to instantly identify highly interesting and important parts of license agreements, privacy policies, and other similar documents, including language that deals with:



Data Collection

Privacy-Related Concerns

Installation of Third-Party or Additional Software

Inclusion of External Agreements By Reference

Potentially Suspicious Clauses

and much more…

Results are rated by “Interest Level” and organized by category, so it’s easy to zero-in on the facets that concern you the most.

System requirements: Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Win 7 ( x64 compatible).

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15 responses to “Download EULAlyzer – Let it Read the EULA for You

  1. kingpin

    Hi Bill,
    Again a excellent and useful post from you.I can’t thank you enough for this,EULAlyzer looks like a must have on my system since I do download a lot.I will definitely stay clear ahead of Digsby and likes of it,scary to think they can use our computer for their purposes,but since it in their EULA we can do nothing but blame ourself for this for reading it before.

    PS A another utility which is for free now:

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Kingpin,

      You’re welcome.

      For people like you and I, who download a lot, this will help make reading a EULA at least bearable.

      Any more suggestions for free giveaways lately.



  2. Liam O' Moulain

    Hi Bill,

    Like everybody else, I guess, I skipped through EULAs. With this application I won’t have to from here on in.

    Thanks for this.


    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Liam,

      This app will make it a little easier to get through the drudgery of reading a EULA, for sure.


  3. RoseD1st

    Hi Bill,I’m awful about reading them I tend to trust McAfee SiteAdvisor but this sounds like a wiser thing to do 🙂 Downloading it now,thank you!

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Rose,

      I’ve never actually met anyone who reads EULAs for content – too much legalese without a doubt. Using EULAlyzer will give us a least some idea of what’s being said.


  4. vhick

    This is a great tool sir Bill. I already used it. I think they plan to make a portable version for this.

    Another online alternative is here

    Credit to Liam K of DotTech

    Thanks sir…

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Vhick,

      A potable version would be very cool. Thanks for the link – appreciate that.


  5. Clay

    From javacool’s blog site, it seems that there is 64-bit support! Yay!!!!

    Never heard of this program before, but it seems to be like something that would be extremely useful in the future. Thanks Bill!

    • Bill Mullins

      Thanks Clay.

      You’ve got better eyes than this old guy. lol I’ve updated the post accordingly.


  6. Fathom Out

    Hi Bill,

    EULAlyzer is indeed a great piece of S/W and it’s great that it comes as a free version. I discovered it quite a long time ago and always have it handy, since I do tend to try out S/W. Beside the list of “interesting words”, you can do searches with your own choices (e.g. collect), which I like & use a lot.
    EULAlyzer has proven to be such a time savier, since I belong to the few (as it seems) people, who not only always read the EULAs, but also the TOS and Privacy Policies on the websites I find interesting or am about to download sth. My motivation? My … paranoia about security & privacy.

    As you said, reading the EULAs is tedious yet necessary, but if you go through some, you can notice that there’s a pattern to the structure and wording.


    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Fathom Out,

      I’m always amazed at how uninformed people tend to be when it comes to privacy issues.

      “you can notice that there’s a pattern to the structure and wording” – very true, (seems to be the cookie cutter approach. BTW – good tip on the search function.



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  8. You’re right, most people don’t read the EULA and those additional included components and tracking identifiers go often unnoticed. It’s great that there’s a free application now to help people with this. Have you come across anything it doesn’t pick up on that’s often hidden in some EULAs?

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi TuneUp,

      No – EULAlyzer is well coded and is very thorough (at least in the testing that I performed). The tracking identifiers and usage statistics transmittal, I think, are the real issue users need to be aware of.