Utilities

Belarc Advisor 9.7

Editor's choice Belarc Advisor 9.7

You could easily make the argument that the Belarc Advisor is the best system information tool around. This is completely free to use and the fact it is free, yet gets real deep into your computer to ...

Atom 1.57.0

Editor's choice Atom 1.57.0

The Atom text editor is a very smart and easy-to-use programmers' text editor that is regarded as one of the very best on the market right now. It can be modified and there are tons of custom ...

Etcher 1.5.120

Editor's choice Etcher 1.5.120

Today we are taking a little look at a program called Etcher or balenaEtcher. What this is offering you is an easy way to create a bootable USB drive or an SD card. This program is completely free to ...

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 2.40.0

Editor's choice TechPowerUp GPU-Z 2.40.0

TechPowerUp GPU-Z is a really cool and free piece of software that is great for those of you that have a rather beefy gaming PC. Actually, gaming PCs of all levels are great for this and even those ...

WinSpeedUp 2.9

Editor's choice WinSpeedUp 2.9

I have to say that WinSpeedUp is the kind of software that is not for everyone. This is designed for those of you that use older versions of Windows and want them to run as smoothly as possible. Why ...

PTBSync 6.5c

Editor's choice PTBSync 6.5c

For many of us, the traditional desktop organization that comes with most OSes as a default is more than enough for our needs. But there are a few of us out there that need more and by that, we mean ...

Wireshark 3.4.6

Editor's choice Wireshark 3.4.6

Today we are taking a look at Wireshark. Wireshark is an open-source network scanner and monitor. This is really handy as it lets you keep an eye on the traffic and packets that are going through any ...

MSI Afterburner

Editor's choice MSI Afterburner

Anyone who is into PC gaming has probably heard of MSI. This MSI Afterburner is a way to push your graphics card to the max and get the best performance out of your games. What is really cool about ...

Speccy 1.32.740

Editor's choice Speccy 1.32.740

A program like Speccy is the kind of thing that you may not celebrate, but it is the kind of thing that is so handy. On more than a few occasions I have had to find out some kind of “technical” ...

ConCat/Split

Editor's choice ConCat/Split

Today we are taking a look at this ConCat/Split software that is designed to split and concatenate files in Windows. I have to say that this kind of software is probably not for your average Joe, but ...

HiBit System Information 2.0.25

Editor's choice HiBit System Information 2.0.25

How much RAM do you have? What kind of processors does your computer have? How big is the hard drive? If you have ever needed to know the “specs” of your computer this HiBit System Information is the ...

As far as software categories go Utilities is a very very broad term. In fact, the category encompasses a wide range of programs and applications. Here are some of the subcategories but the least by is by no means conclusive:

  • Automation,
  • Backup & Recovery,
  • CD / DVD / Blu-Ray Tools,
  • Defragmentation,
  • Disk Tools,
  • File Compression,
  • Mobile Devices,
  • System Information,
  • System Tweak,
  • Uninstallers,
  • Wallpapers & Screensavers.

Software for automation allows you to let the computer do some repetitive tasks. Such programs allow you to record mouse movements, clicks and keystrokes which then can be repeated, sometimes in a loop. A huge time saver.

The utilities which allow you to back up your data guarantee that in case of media failure or accidental deletion you have a copy of your precious files. At the end of the spectrum, we have tools for recovery. If it happens that you do delete your files or the hard drive malfunctions, not all is lost even if you don’t have a backup. You can use recovery software that might get your data back.

Another group of utilities the software which handles the optical media: CD, DVD or Blue-Ray discs.

Disk Tools and Defragmentation software form a category of software that will let you do all kinds of things with hard drives.

File Compression utilities will allow you to shrink the data so it occupies little space.

System information programs will tell you everything about your computer hardware and software while system tweak tools will allow you to change a lot of software settings usually to make your PC faster.

Uninstallers do what they advertise – they remove software you don’t want and clean up any mess these programs would like to leave on your hard drive.

And wallpapers and screensavers make your PC look much nicer.