Utilities

ZipGenius 6.3.2.3116

Editor's choice ZipGenius-004

I do not know what happened, but years ago from what I remember, unzipping compressed files on your computer was way easier. These days, you need to have a dedicated program to unzip files and that ...

ForceToolkit

Editor's choice ForceToolkit-004

I actually have a story about what brought me to ForceToolkit and I am sure it is a story that many of you can relate to. Basically, for years I have been saying that Windows needs a “shut the F down ...

HP Image Assistant 5.1.5

Editor's choice HP Image Assistant-04

HP Image Assistant (HPIA) is a Windows image evaluation program that collects metadata from images, analyses image configurations, and makes recommendations to assist you in creating, maintaining, ...

EarTrumpet 2.1.10.0

Editor's choice EarTrumpet-004

EarTrumpet is a volume control app with a very clean and user-friendly interface. It simplifies the process of exploring your numerous audio devices on a Windows-based computer. The program allows ...

SMF – Search my Files v14

Editor's choice SMF – Search my Files-01

SMF, or Search My Files, is an excellent search application and a very fast duplicate files finder with a convenient preview option. It lets you also perform basic operations on files like copying, ...

PixBlocks

Editor's choice PixBlocks-007

PixBlocks is a platform and a user-friendly tool that offers programming education for people of all ages. It may be used in both classroom and individual teaching situations to assist them master ...

XAMPP 7.4.27, 8.0.14 & 8.1.1

Editor's choice XAMPP-6

XAMPP is an open-source and free web server and the acronym stands for Cross-Platform, Apache, MySQL, PHP, and Perl. XAMPP allows programmers to build and test applications locally. It was produced ...

Sandboxie Plus 1.0.8

Editor's choice Sandboxie-1

Sandboxie-Plus is a version of Sandboxie (sandbox-isolation software) that tries to address a number of issues while also enhancing the program functionality. Based on the Sandbox isolation ...

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 ...

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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