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Kill your data dead with these tips and tools

Your data must be handled discreetly. Whatever your reason for wanting to get rid of old files, here's how to make sure sensitive information is truly deceased.

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HDDerase.exe review: Freeware utility securely erases drives the old-fashioned way

This command-line utility is an oldie, but that's just because it doesn't need to change. If your drive's not in a frozen security state, it works like a charm to invoke the ATA secure erase command.

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IObit Uninstaller 3 review: Free utility competes with a built-in Windows feature, almost wins

An uninstaller is a tough sell, even when it's free. IOBit Uninstaller 3 tries to woo users with a pretty interface and batch uninstall features.

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Ashampoo Burning Studio 14 review: A competent burning suite, mildly upgraded

Though there aren't a lot of new features, the latest version of Ashampoo Burning Studio remains a top solution for your optical and multimedia creation needs.

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TAudioConverter review: Put a nice face on open-source audio transcoding

This front end for the latest audio codecs lets you convert and rip audio from video with ease.

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Wondershare MobileTrans Review: Windows utility makes phone upgrades a lot easier

Wondershare MobileTrans easily copies data from your old phone to a newer one--everything from contacts and call logs to texts, photos, videos, and music. It's not cheap, but it works well.

EasyRes review: Resolution switcher's animated previews set it apart

EasyRes is a nifty menu-bar utility for switching screen resolutions. Unlike other similar utilities, EasyRes shows you how a resolution change will affect your screen...before you actually make the change.

PCs fail. Be ready with the best boot-drive programs

When disaster strikes, you need a plan for booting up your PC. These utilities can help restore order in times of crisis, allowing you access to your operating system and all of your data again.

Share, snapshot, and stream your games with these 7 tools

Games are better with friends (or at least when you're proving your chops to admiring strangers). These tools let you broadcast your gaming prowess. Now go out on the Net and get your game on.

20 free PC apps to ease daily tasks

File organizers. PDF readers. Serious deletion (and recovery) utilities. You won't believe how handy these tools can be—and they're free!