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FXAA Post Process Injector

You can get modern graphics on 3D games without updates or patches via FXAA Post Process Injector. Originally developed by Nvidia's Timothy Lottes, this tool has been embraced by the modding community and expanded to work with both Nvidia and ATI graphics cards.

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MSI Afterburner: Brand-agnostic PC overclocking utility

Platform-agnostic PC overclockers can tweak their to tweak their video card collection with MSI's venerable Afterburner utility. Designed to work with MSI's own products, Afterburner nonetheless works with most modern hardware.

Xpadder: Play PC games with a game controller instead of a keyboard

XPadder emulates a mouse and keyboard with the buttons and directional thumbpad of your game controller. It supports multiple profiles, rumble feedback, and chorded input, which allows for more commands than the number of buttons would normally permit.

Nvidia Inspector: Simple overclocking for Nvidia video cards

This third-party overclocking package Nvidia Inspector a different tack from older video card utilities, eschewing the system tray for a simple, extensible-pane interface that puts information and card controls front and center.

AMD OverDrive: Easily overclock an AMD rig

The AMD OverDrive utility not only replicates the OverDrive clocking controls built into Catalyst drivers, it also provides a full range of BIOS style CPU speed, voltage, and system controls unified in a tabbed window.

x360ce: Free software lets you use old controllers for newer PC games

The free and open source x360ce project was designed to address the problems of using a classic controller for PC gaming. Doing the job Microsoft should have done, x360ce intercepts and translates XInput calls so DirectInput controllers can understand them.

DOSBox: Free, open-source DOS emulation

The DOSBox emulator lets you run your DOS games and software again. It's free and open source, so you won't have to pay just to use programs you already own.

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.

Ultra Recall offers flexible outlining and data management

In both Standard and Professional versions, Ultra Recall is a powerful, feature-rich outlining tool.

Lock down your files with Folder Lock 7

Folder Lock includes as complete a set of security tools as you'll find, and it's as secure as your passwords.

Free PDF Image Extractor Offers Easy Way to Unlock Images

4Dots Software's handy utility is a no-nonsense tool that won't make a dent in your wallet.

Control Your Music With the Palm of Your Hand Using Flutter

Lazy music-lovers rejoice! With Flutter, you can control your tunes like a Jedi.

Scrub Sensitive Data From Your PC With Free PrivaZer

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