Utilities

TinyTask 1.53m

Editor's choice TinyTask-03

TinyTask is something that I have been familiar with for a very long time now, but I thought I would share my thoughts on it with you guys. On the TinyTask website right now they specifically mention ...

WinDirStat 1.1.2

Editor's choice WinDirStat-07

If you have been looking for a free disk space analyzer tool, look no more as WinDirStat offers all you need. This is completely free to use and it makes checking your various storage drives as easy ...

VirtualBox 6.1.28

Editor's choice VirtualBox-010

Today we are taking a look at VirtualBox which is an open-source virtualization app. What this basically does is allow you to run Windows on a Mac, Linux on a Mac or you can run stuff like DOS and ...

ForceDelete

Editor's choice ForceDelete-002

Let me tell you there are many past versions of myself that wish they had access to something like ForceDelete! Before we really get into this, I have to tell you that ForceDelete is completely free ...

Logitech Gaming Software

Editor's choice Logitech Gaming Software-08

If you have any kind of Logitech gaming peripheral for your PC, you need to be using Logitech Gaming Software. Actually, that is not entirely true, you see Logitech recently released Logitech G Hub, ...

Shimeji

Editor's choice Shimeji Browser Extension-10

Today we are looking at the Shimeji Browser Extension along with the mobile app (from a different company) which is just called Shimeji. If you want to add a little anime fun to your browser or your ...

AutoHotkey 1.1.33.10

Editor's choice AutoHotkey-003

Today we are checking out a pretty neat and free program called AutoHotkey. My level of tech expertise is not exactly high, but I was able to use this and find some pretty neat uses for it in the ...

StrongRecovery 4.3.5.0

Editor's choice StrongRecovery-002

Let me tell you I wish that I had known about StrongRecovery a few computers ago! This is a piece of software that is designed with getting your information be it pictures, files, or whatever from ...

Vysor

Editor's choice Vysor-006

Vysor is a very cool program that allows you to put your iOS or Android phone onto your computer and control it all from there! It has a free version that offers you limited features, but to get 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 is the software that 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.

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