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Review: Cut down your typing with Auto Text Expander

Those of us with typing-intensive jobs will know how tiring on the fingers it can be. But what if there were a way to type out what needs to be typed using only half the normal effort?

Managing data trash: 6 tools to improve privacy and free space

Forgotten downloads and temporary files can add up fast, consuming drive space and compromising your privacy. It's time to think beyond the Recycle Bin with a new echelon of waste management utilities.

Review: Freebie Multi-Process Killer does exactly what you'd expect

Multi-Process Killer makes ending multiple processes simultaneously a breeze. Knowing which processes to kill is the hard part.

Review: MediaTools Wipe 1.1 erases data on up to 18 drives simultaneously

If you need to wipe lots of drives, MediaTools Wipe 1.1 will handle the chore. Support for erasing 18 drives at a time, custom patterns, and every algorithm in the book are just the highlights.

Review: Ashisoft Duplicate Finder can get rid of duplicate files, if you help it

Ashisoft Duplicate Finder is an easy-to-use program for finding duplicate files on your hard drive, but it might not be worth its $30 price tag.

Review: Camtasia Studio 8 raises the bar on interactive video creation

TechSmith's Camtasia Studio version 8 is a completely rebuilt program that goes far beyond screen-capture video creation. It can now incorporate videos from other sources in multi-track editing, including videos with embedded hyperlinks.

Review: Robobasket sorts your files according to your specs

You configure file handling rules for Robobasket, then set it loose to enforce them on your messy folders and create order. It works well as long as you're careful with how you set it up.

Review: Remove Empty Directories sweeps the trash out of your Windows OS

As you use the Windows OS more and more, unnecessary files build up, gradually slowing the system down. Remove Empty Directories is a small freeware program that hunts out and deletes empty folders to clean your system up.

Review: Steed modernizes FTP with modern protocols, cloud integration, and a fresh design

FTP may sound old-fashioned, but it's still useful. Steed brings FTP interfaces into the current decade with an easy-to-use, clean design, and cloud storage integration.

Review: SDelete deletes files securely from the command line

If you write the occasional batch script or pop open a cmd.exe terminal to get things done, Microsoft's SDelete is a great tool to have in your path. This free command-line utility deletes files securely.

Review: Asoftech Photo Recovery works fine, but so do its free competitors

Asoftech Photo Recovery recovers most of the deleted or corrupt multimedia files on your memory cards, but it's a hard sell with competent freebies around.

Review: Toolbar Cleaner removes unwanted browser toolbars, browser extensions, and start-up items

If you have been using computers for any length of time, you will know the key to a fast computer is keeping it free of unwanted software. Toolbar Cleaner is a small easy-to-use freeware app which allows you to keep on top of this simple Windows maintenance task.

Review: Eraser removes files safely and permanently

Eraser is an enormous all-in-one toolbox devoted to secure file deletion. This free utility can securely delete files on your command, or according to a schedule.