Utilities Software


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  • Online 4 out of 5

    Iolo System Mechanic 8 - PC review

    By 26 September 2008

    After you’ve lived with your PC for a year or so, you’ll probably notice that the performance has dropped off considerably. Without the benefit if an IT department to regularly run the various system tools to optimise your computer, it could slowly...

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    Iolo System Mechanic Pro 7.5 - PC review

    By 11 June 2008

    Data backup on your PC should be high on your list of priorities but sadly for most people it isn’t. Should your system fail, will you lose all your media files? This is the question you should ask yourself. If the answer is yes, then can you afford...

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    Avanquest Fix-it Utilities 8 Pro - PC review

    By 13 March 2008

    If you have owned your PC for some time you’ll know how much junk is installed on it, from internet downloads to uninstalled programs, they all leave a trail of debris on your system. Getting rid of such links will often speed up your overall performance,...

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    PC Tools Registry Mechanic 7 - PC review

    By 12 March 2008

    When you bought your PC or notebook that was the point it ran the smoothest and fastest. This is because the Windows OS, regardless of version, is at its cleanest. Whenever you install a program, add a user or generally change settings, you’re also...

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    BHV Recover My Files - PC review

    By 26 February 2008

    How many times have you gone to look for a file and found that it has been deleted? The Windows Recycle Bin may be a great safety net for stuff inadvertently deleted but what happens if you’ve had a viral attack, or even a simple partition failure?...

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    Acronis True Image 11 Home PC review

    By 4 January 2008

    If you download or install a variety of programs then you’ll know that it’s important to have a clean version of your computer's image – this is an exact copy of the OS, including all your programs as well as the latest updates. If your hard drive...

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    Nero 8 - PC review

    By 11 December 2007

    There was a time when CD or DVD burning software simply did that, it allowed you to make a disc and if you were lucky, get to print out a cover for it too. Those days are long gone as both Nero, formerly Ahead, and its main rival Roxio, have sort to add...

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    Corel DVD Copy 6 Plus - PC review

    By 27 November 2007

    What do you look for from software to copy your video content? Does it need to be easy to use, handle all the latest formats and have a simple interface that takes the guesswork out of the process? Corel seems to think so, as version 6 of its latest software...

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    Roxio Easy Media Creator 10 - PC review

    By 23 October 2007

    If you already have a software suite for creating and copying discs, it seems unlikely that you’ll want to do to the expense of upgrading to a newer, sleeker suite. After all, every new PC or notebook comes with some form of burning software. This is...

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    Symantec Norton Ghost 12 - PC review

    By 7 August 2007

    It's the same old story, ask anyone, most of us forget to backup or make copies of our important files and folders until we've been burnt and had a system failure. Norton Ghost allows you to make regular backups not only of your files and folders but...

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    Klix photo recovery software - PC review

    By 4 July 2007

    JoeSoft was founded with the simple aim of producing affordable products that the "Average Joe" could use, something that it has succeeded on both counts with when it comes to Klix. Or at least it has now that the company has had a rethink and reduced...

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    VCOM Fix-It Utilities Pro 7 - PC review

    By 3 July 2007

    Once you’ve had your PC for some time you may well start to notice that it no longer runs as quickly as it once did and that the occasional system bug will have crept in. This is where Fix-It Utilities 7 comes as is the latest upgrade to the maintenance...

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    Laplink PCMover - PC review

    By 22 May 2007

    Buying a new PC or notebook can be great, it's new, fresh and faster than your old one but there is something important missing: all your stuff. You can spend ages re-installing all your programs and copying files over but with Laplink PCmover you can...

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    Iolo Search and Recover 4 review

    By 12 September 2006

    Have you ever sent a file to your Recycle Bin then suddenly remembered that you need it? Imagine if you’d emptied the bin straight away, it would have been gone forever and irretrievable, or would it? When files are deleted from the system, the actual...

  • Online 3.5 out of 5

    FastTrak XP Tuning Suite 3 software review

    By 22 August 2006

    Windows XP has been a great OS but it’s not without its flaws. One of the biggest crimes has been Microsoft’s hiding away of many features. This has led to a mini-industry of software suites offering tweaks for the OS. XP Tuning Suite 3 does exactly...