Don't-Miss Utility software Stories

Keep Your PC Running Smoothly with CCleaner 3.0

Everybody's favorite "crap" cleaner just got a major update, starting with a 64-bit version and an improved interface.

How Do I Back Up My Data?

Follow these quick and simple instructions to protect your valuable files.

Convert Videos to Other Formats

The free (and amusingly named) Hamster Video Converter offers a super-easy interface and support for all common formats.

Give Windows 7 (or XP) a Vista-Like Sidebar

If you miss the Sidebar like I do, you'll love the similar freeware alternative, Desktop Sidebar.

Delete Stubborn Files

Usrn asked the Desktops forum how to get rid of files that refuse to be deleted

Laptop Helpers: TouchpadPal, BatteryBar

Solve laptop hassles with free tools that disable your touchpad while you're typing, and keep you updated on your battery's condition.

Get a Better Battery Gauge for Your Laptop

Fab freebie BatteryBar is the single best thing to happen to laptops since Wi-Fi. It shows you everything you need to know about your battery.

Disable Your Laptop's Touchpad While You Type, Windows 7 Edition

If you're a Windows 7 user, here's a utility that should solve the maddening problem of accidental touchpad swipes. And it's free!

Keep Your PC Awake, Install Apps Fast, and More--for Free

Free apps and services keep your computer awake while it's idle, download and install apps all at once, and give you a real Facebook Dislike button.

How to Share Printers on a Network

Sharing printers across a network distributes their cost as well as their functionality. Here's a quick network printing guide for small businesses.

Keep Your Computer 'Awake' with Mouse Jiggler

This handy freebie stops your computer from going to sleep or launching your screensaver--without any input from you.

Dumb Tech Mistakes

Crazy4laptops asked the Windows forum about “not so smart moments with computers?”

How to Roll out Full Disk Encryption on Your PCs and Laptops

Hardly a week goes by when some organization or another doesn't lose some laptops and face a litany of IT security questions.