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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, might as well ask your hamster.

Hamster Free Zip Archiver

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.

Review: iTunes Library Toolkit tidies up iTunes

ITunes Library Toolkit offers a host of features for cleaning up and maintaining your iTunes library. It can add files automatically and delete dead links, but doesn't always offer you perfect control.

Review: Emcee tries to bring Mission Control to Windows 8

With snappy previews that treat Modern apps as first-class citizens and clever window tiles, there's a lot to like in Emcee. Sadly, a couple of critical shortcomings keep it from becoming a truly useful everyday tool.

Review: AllDup is a free and flexible way get rid of duplicate files

AllDup is free software to find and get rid of duplicate files on your PC. It offers a myriad of useful options and settings, but these are arranged in a cluttered and confusing interface.

Review: Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery now handles RAID and Outlook

This capable, easy-to-use, and colorful data recovery program covers all media, including flash and optical. It wasn't perfect at flash recovery, though, and the advanced editions are costly.