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Wondershare Video Converter 6.5

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate 6.5 review: Robust, fast, and feature-rich

If a free video converter won't cut it for you, Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate's speed and disc burning may be what you seek.

Fragging wonderful: The truth about defragging your SSD

We know defragging a hard drive can improve performance, and we've heard the opposite about solid-state drives. We analyze the tech reasoning and put four defraggers through their paces on both kinds of drives. The results may surprise you.

GoodSync 9.5 review: Get your computers on the same page

GoodSync offers an easy way to synchronize information across multiple computers with its peer-to-peer file syncing solution. It also includes links to some cloud storage solutions, which will please users who rely on those, too.

IDriveSync share

Review: IDriveSync secures cloud storage

IDriveSync is an easy-to-use cloud storage and syncing solution that offers added security missing from some of its rivals. It offers both AES 256-bit and private key encryption, which will appeal to anyone who's weary of weak cloud-based security.

Five free Dropbox tools you're not using (but should be)

Easier sharing. Simpler sending. Secure encryption. Make Dropbox even better with any of these handy utilities.

Acronis True Image 2014 UI

Acronis True Image 2014 review: Still powerful and feature-rich, now easier to use

Acronis True Image, one of the first drive partitioning and backup programs for PCs, remains one of the best. In the 2014 version, it also just got a lot friendlier.

ZipItFree UI

Review: ZipItFree compresses files tightly, doesn't make you tighten your belt

ZipItFree's file compression is very efficient, and its unobtrusive interface is good to work with. This free utility is well worth a spot on your PC.

Review: Hamster Free Zip Archiver 2.0 compresses files in a snap

Hamster Free Zip Archiver compresses files quickly, and it has a cheerful, easy-to-use interface. For tech support, though...you might as well ask your hamster.

Hamster Free Zip Archiver 1.1.0.13

Supports all compression formats, totally free, multilanguages, easy interface

Pokki for Windows 8

Lenovo plans to install Pokki's Start Menu replacement and app store on PCs

Lenovo will add SweetLabs' Pokki utility to its PCs, providing an alternative to both the Windows 8 Start page as well as the Windows app store.

Universal Extractor screenshot

Review: Universal Extractor opens almost any archive

Universal Extractor is a dab hand at opening arcane archives, but it can't actually do its own compression. Support is nonexistent, leaving you on your own.

Review: Peazip 5 decompresses everything

Peazip is a compress/decompress utility that handles all the major formats and a ton of more obscure ones. It won't create proprietary format archives like RAR, but it will read and extract files from them.

Review: JPEGmini compresses your pictures dramatically with little loss of detail

JPEGmini lets you easily compress your JPEG pictures to save room on your hard drive—without any significant loss in detail.

Review: Dashlane is a robust password manager with a gorgeous interface

Dashlane is an powerful and flexible password manager for every level of experience that's also useful for form-filling, expense tracking, and more.

Review: Soluto's paid product offers low-cost support services for small businesses

Soluto's commercial service is much cheaper than the competition, but its remote control feature is not quite there yet.