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    PCs fail. Be ready with the best boot-drive programs

    Posted October 21, 2013 - 1:36 pm

    These utilities can help restore order in times of crisis, allowing you access to your operating system and all of your data again.
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    6 software and driver update utilities compared

    Posted March 19, 2013 - 3:27 pm

    If you dismissed update utilities as something only for home users (as I did until recently), now might be the time to take a second look.
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    Panacea or pariah: Five PC cleanup utilities put to the test

    Posted March 2, 2013 - 8:28 am

    We test five free PC cleanup utilities to see if they're the real deal and save you the risk.
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    Managing data trash: 6 tools to improve privacy and free space

    Posted January 23, 2013 - 12:35 pm

    It's time to think beyond the Recycle Bin with a new echelon of waste management utilities.
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    Free and affordable software to sync your work and your life

    Posted March 4, 2012 - 8:36 am

    If you're like plenty of people these days, you have more than just one computer--and I don't mean just a traditional desktop or laptop PC, but also a smartphone or a tablet. A smartphone is little more than a computer wrapped around a cell phone; and a tablet, of course, is merely a computer in a convenient portable package.
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    Review: DriverUpdate handles more than just drivers

    Posted January 28, 2012 - 8:50 am

    Don't be fooled by its name: DriverUpdate isn't simply a utility for keeping drivers up-to-date. It handles that task, certainly, but it also does more. This $30-per-year program streamlines the process of updating your Windows OS, as well as those apps, like Java and Adobe products, that frequently seem to be in need of updates, too.
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    Review: Driver update utilities

    Posted December 10, 2011 - 9:24 am

    We recently reviewed several utilities that pledge to make the task of updating drivers less onerous. Some of these programs (particularly the free and demo versions) identify driver updates for you. The full-featured, more expensive ones will update them as well. We show you which programs are worth the download, and which you should give a miss.
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    11 tremendous free PC utilities

    Posted March 29, 2011 - 9:36 pm

    Instant organization: Instead of clicking around in Windows Ex­­plorer to find where Windows hid your newly downloaded MP3 file, try DropIt. This open-source utility lets you set up folder associations for specific file types. Just drop files on the big target icon on your desktop, and DropIt will automatically whisk them away to their appropriate (and easy-to-find) destinations.
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    Smart Defrag Keeps Your PC Humming--For Free

    Posted April 10, 2009 - 9:19 am

    One of the simplest ways to make sure your PC runs as efficiently as possible is to defragment your hard disk, and Smart Defrag is a great way to do it.

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