utilities

Spruce up your PC for spring with these top apps

Every machine needs tune-ups, and that includes your PC. Without regular cleaning and updates, your system performance suffers, slowed down by hefty files and unneeded software. Fortunately, many fine -- and free! -- utilities can do the system spring cleaning for you. Here's a roundup of our favorites.

CCleaner

CCleaner is one of our go-to, no-nonsense Registry cleaners. It scans your PC for junk files, unnecessary Registry entries, and unused cookies. It's good practice to run these scans at least once a month.

Revo Uninstaller

Revo Uninstaller is an alternate uninstallation utility for Windows. What it lacks in … Read more

Spring into cleaning with Wise Care 365 Pro

Spring is here, which means it's time to give your home a good deep cleaning. Why not give your computer a refresher as well? Fortunately for you, we're bringing back our popular Wise Care 365 Pro deal. An all-in-one utility, Wise Care 365 Pro will clean, optimize, and slim down your PC for faster booting. Now you can get a lifetime subscription of Wise Care 365 Pro for half off! Pay only $27 (regularly $54), exclusively on Download.com.

With all the PC optimizers, Registry cleaners, and disks sweepers, it can be time-consuming to switch between different utilities … Read more

Partition like a pro with our Aomei giveaway

Anyone with the right set of tools can partition a hard drive. Aomei Technology aims to make the process even easier by bringing you these tools absolutely free with its Partition Assistant Pro giveaway. From March 12, 2014, to March 19, 2014, you can get the popular professional disk-management utility at no cost, exclusively on Download.com.

Why partition your hard drive?

Partitioning tells your computer to treat different portions of your hard disk as separate drives. This makes creating backups faster and easier, as most data backup tools target entire disks. Keep essential files (like the OS) on one … Read more

Spring clean with Revo Uninstaller Pro

If you're an app aficionado, you've heard of Revo Uninstaller. It has been praised as one of the best uninstaller programs for PCs and runs circles around the default Windows uninstaller. Thanks to the folks at Revo, you can now get this essential toolkit for only $15.70 -- 60 percent off the regular price of $39.25.

A combination uninstaller and Registry cleaner, Revo Uninstaller Pro is one of the first program that new computer owners should install. This premier software allows you to remove installed applications quickly, while efficiently cleaning up leftover files and Registry keys, … Read more

Useful tools in the OS X CoreServices folder

Apple ships its OS X operating system with a number of utilities and tools that can be used to troubleshoot problems with the system and third-party devices, as well as help configure the system for specific uses.

Many of these tools, such as Disk Utility, are available in the main Applications folder, and the Applications > Utilities folder, but Apple also has a number of hidden options. Some of these are Terminal-based commands which in the hands of a competent and versed user can be exceptionally powerful for diagnosing problems, fixing them, and configuring the system. Others are hidden in … Read more

Review: Clean and tweak your Windows PC with Advanced Win Utilities Free

Advanced Win Utilities Free is a uniquely versatile Windows toolkit. It's easy to use for regular operations like shredding files or erasing Web browser tracks, as well as less frequent tasks like managing passwords, purging duplicates, joining files, or recovering deleted data. Advanced Win Utilities' roster includes broken shortcut and empty folder removers, driver backup, Registry cleaner, file shredder, startup manager, and uninstaller. It has extras that few other toolkits offer, such as an EXE resource extractor, file and program encryption, file and folder monitor, keylogger, auto clicker, and autoshutdown. There's even a Wi-Fi Hotspot Creator. Help includes … Read more

Review: Osx Utilities offers access to two hidden Mac functions through a menu bar icon

Osx Utilities for Mac provides a quick way to access hidden files across your system by placing a handy icon on the Mac menu bar. It's an extremely basic app and it's easy to use, with no options to configure. Though there isn't much in the way of clutter, the drop-down menu could be more streamlined.

After the installation, you will find Osx Utilities for Mac on your menu bar. Clicking on it, regardless of the mouse button used, yields the same result: a menu drops down where you can toggle hidden files and the user library … Read more

Useful OS X troubleshooting utilities for the new year

If you regularly use your Mac (or any computer, for that matter), then you will undoubtedly run into a problem or two. For the most part, issues are small configuration hiccups that can be fixed by at the very least restarting affected programs, logging out of your system, or restarting it. However, there are times when a problem may require more attention in order to properly address.

In these cases, the use of various system utilities to monitor your computer's activity can help pinpoint problematic connections, processes, or other aspects of your system that may be contributing to the … Read more

Get Advanced SystemCare Pro 7 (Win) for free

Greetings from 30,000 feet, where it still amazes me I can enjoy Wi-Fi. Even better, I can enjoy it for just $8 courtesy of Southwest. Note to other airlines: quit gouging us for Internet!

Next stop: Vegas, for my annual visit to CES. I don't anticipate finding many deals there, but the new tech of today is the cheap tech of tomorrow. Stay tuned.

For now, let's all enjoy a freebie, one that promises to tune up your ailing PC. Today only, Giveaway of the Day is offering Iobit Advanced SystemCare Pro 7 (Win) for free. Regular … Read more

Get CopyTrans Photo (Win) for 99 cents

Many iPhone users store hundreds, even thousands, of snapshots on their mobile devices, only to realize too late that they have no backup. If the phone gets lost, stolen, or broken, those photos could be gone for good.

In fact, it's a common misconception that iCloud is automatically keeping a full backup of your pictures, but unless that feature is enabled and you've paid for extra storage (the 5GB of free space can fill up pretty quickly), you might not have a backup at all.

Another common problem: when you've snapped so many photos and videos that … Read more