Jon L. JacobiFreelance Writer, PCWorld

Micro Express AL5100

Micro Express AL5100 review: All-purpose powerhouse

Beneath the Micro Express AL5100's average-looking exterior beats the heart of a high-performance system.

Drive-by Wi-Fi: Staying connected on the road

Free Wi-Fi is easier than ever to find on the nation's highways and byways. You just have to know where to look.

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Nero 12 Platinum: Affordable, highly capable multimedia creation and disc burning

There's no arguing the power under Nero 8's hood, but the venerable multimedia creation and disc-burning suite could be easier to learn and use. For the price, you get a lot.

CyberLink Director Suite: Prosumer video, photo, and audio editing with great features and effects

The vast majority will find all the features they need in this collection of linked photo and video editors. It shields you from the complexity of many tasks, but still manages to provide near pro-level power.

AOL Computer Checkup simplifies system cleanup

AOL Computer Checkup is one of the most complete diagnostic, optimization, and cleanup tools for Windows—if you really need such a thing. At least it's not expensive ($5 a month).

PC Fix Cleaner thoroughly cleans your Windows Registry and your wallet

Though a very good registry cleaner, PC Fix Cleaner is pricey for the actual good it will do your system.

Uniblue Powersuite 2013 makes system maintenance easy (if expensive)

System tweaker and optimizer Powersuite 2013 performs many optimizing tasks, and it works, but it's pricey.

Ashampoo Music Studio 4 has better cataloging, easier navigation

Ashampoo Music Studio 4 adds cataloging and a neater interface to an already nice suite of audio tools.

DVDFab Media Player worth a try for Blu-ray fans

It's hardly a universal player, and it suffers some obvious version 1.0 oddities, but DVDFab Media Player plays Blu-ray movies perfectly.

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Scrub Sensitive Data From Your PC With Free PrivaZer

PrivaZer removes all the traces of your activities from your PC.

How to Replace Your Laptop Hard Drive

Performing a laptop hard-drive replacement can save you money on upgrades and costly repairs. Here's how to do it.

Pogoplug Series 4 Review: Remote Drive Access Made Simpler and Faster

Equipped with USB 3.0, the latest Pogoplug provides a fast, easy way to share any hard drive over the Internet; but the Web portal for access needs some work.

DriveImage XML An Effective, If Not Polished, Imaging Program

The interface is logical and easy to use, though the program stumbles in the operational error-checking.

TechieBot Removes Unnecessary Startup Items, But Goes Overboard

This Windows cleanup utility performs a few useful chores, but it's hard to feel good about any program that tells you it's your personal computer expert then tells you to install more software and buy expensive hardware.

Mercalli Easy Video Stabilizer Removes the Shakes and Jitters From Footage

Pros may need more control over the process, which can be found in proDAD's more expensive offerings, but the average user should be more than pleased with the results of this software.

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