Don't-Miss Utility software Stories
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
Though a very good registry cleaner, PC Fix Cleaner is pricey for the actual good it will do your system.
System tweaker and optimizer Powersuite 2013 performs many optimizing tasks, and it works, but it's pricey.
In both Standard and Professional versions, Ultra Recall is a powerful, feature-rich outlining tool.
Folder Lock includes as complete a set of security tools as you'll find, and it's as secure as your passwords.
4Dots Software's handy utility is a no-nonsense tool that won't make a dent in your wallet.
Lazy music-lovers rejoice! With Flutter, you can control your tunes like a Jedi.
PrivaZer removes all the traces of your activities from your PC.
With just a click, this handy app goes to work and it's basic, simple, and gets the job done.
The interface is logical and easy to use, though the program stumbles in the operational error-checking.