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Predator Secures Your PC With a USB Hard Drive...And Some Difficulty

Predator lets you lock and unlock your desktop using a USB thumb drive.

Simple Cross-Platform Backups With SafeSync

TrendMicro's SafeSync offers a simple and secure way to back up files and access them across multiple devices.

Send Faxes From the Web: Three Services Tested

We test-drive three services that let you send faxes online--no fax machine or telephone required. Which one offers the best deal for your small business?

HDD Recovery Pro Works Well, Has a Clean Interface

This pricey data recovery program works well, but supports only FAT and NTFS.

DriverMax Updates Drivers for Free...But It's Not the Best Solution

DriverMax offers free driver updates, but the process is clunky and time-consuming.

Software That Does It All

Edit your photos, organize your finances, access your computer remotely, and do even more with these essential software packages and Web apps--a mix of established favorites and indispensable up-and-comers.

Free and Easy Backup With SyncToy

Create and maintain regular, up-to-date backups of critical files with Microsoft's great, free tool.

O&O AutoBackup Does One Thing Well...But Is One Thing Enough?

AutoBackup's backup on insertion is a neat trick, but the program is otherwise limited.

Better Explorer

Also known as BExplorer, this open-source freebie makes your Windows 7 PC manage files like it's in Windows 8.

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DriverUpdate Handles More Than Just Drivers

DriverUpdate not only updates your drivers, but also helps keep your Windows OS and some key applications up to date, too.

Simple File Recovery With Ashampoo Undeleter

Ashampoo makes a great undeleter, but you can get one just as effective for free.

Type Common Phrases Faster and More Accurately With Breevy

Breevy saves you time by replacing abbreviations you type with complete text.

Zip and Unzip Many Kinds of Files for Free With PeaZip

A very good free archiving freebie that supports a wide variety of file types, PeaZip suffers minor bugs and laggy performance.