6 Important PC Tools Most People Never Use

Ads by Google

pc toolsVirtually everyone who owns a computer and is connected to the Internet knows about the security implications. Most people do worry about malware and I would like to think that only a few run a computer without an antivirus program or other security-related software. However, there are many more important PC tools that most people never use, even though they are essential for running a stable and secure system.

If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, you might be well advised to glance over this article. I will show you 6 critical tools that will make your work with a computer easier, your data safer, your system more stable, and your overall computer experience much smoother.

1. Backup Program

Are you feeling guilty already? It’s not like backup programs are secret tools that nobody knows of; yet a lot of people either don’t worry about their data or they just never get around to running backups. It’s time to quit that!

Reasons To Use A Backup Program:

  1. You will always have a second copy of your data in case the other copy gets compromised or is lost.
  2. Your data is valuable! A backup will save you money or time trying to recover damaged or lost files.
  3. Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

Which Backup Program To Use:

MakeUseOf recommends FBackup for local backups and Mozy for online backups (2GB free).

pc tools

Also Check Out The Following Articles:

2. Password Manager

Unless your name is Data, you probably have a hard time remembering things now and then. If you’re human that’s normal. Nevertheless, you should 1. have a different password for every account and 2. change it often to protect yourself from hackers and identity theft.

Ads by Google

Reasons To Use A Password Manager:

  1. Never again forget a password.
  2. Use complicated secure passwords and thus protect your accounts from getting hacked.
  3. Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

And you’d better back up your Password Manager!

Which Password Manager To Use:

MakeUseOf recommends LastPass, a cross-platform browser plugin that stores and syncs your passwords wherever you go. For local storage I recommend KeePass.

free pc tools

Also Check Out The Following Articles:

3. Software Or Driver Update Tools

As mentioned in the introduction, almost everyone these days is aware of viruses, hackers, and other security-related threats that linger online. And I’m sure you have all heard about security holes in various programs. While a lot of programs install security updates automatically, many won’t do anything, unless the user initiates an update.

Reasons To Use Upgrade PC Tools:

  1. Fix security holes.
  2. Fix bugs and gain access to new features.
  3. Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.

Which Upgrade Tools To Use:

Probably the reason why most people do not use these PC tools is that none of them cover all possible software or hardware. However, they are still easier to use than checking for updates manually. I recommend Device Doctor for driver updates and Update Notifier for finding software updates.
Also Check Out The Following Articles:

4. Uninstaller

We all install software to test it and then never use it again. So it sits there and takes up space. Worse even, it may start with Windows and come to live now and then and get on our nerves. Why not simply uninstall it?

Reasons To Use An Uninstaller:

  1. Frees up space on your hard drive.
  2. May even speed up your system if the software starts with Windows.
  3. Unclutter your Start menu.

Which Uninstaller To Use:

Windows comes with an uninstaller. However, software dedicated to this task is much better! MakeUseOf recommends Revo Uninstaller and IObit Uninstaller.

free pc tools

Also Check Out The Following Articles:

5. Defragmenter

No matter which file system you have on your hard drive, the fuller it gets, the more likely it is that files will be fragmented, and this will slow down the hard drive. Check the article on file systems below for more information.

Reason To Use A Defragmenter:

  1. Speed up your hard drive.

Which Defragmenter To Use:

MakeUseOf recommends Defraggler and Auslogics Disk Defrag.

free pc tools

Also Check Out The Following Articles:

6. System Maintenance Software

System maintenance tools remove temporary and junk files, clean your system and boost its speed. Most system maintenance software actually comes with an uninstaller, a defragmenter, and malware protection. So they are an all-in-one tool to keep your computer in top shape.

Reasons To Use System Maintenance Software:

  1. Remove junk files and free up space.
  2. Fix common annoyances and boost system speed.
  3. Clean all browser browser files in one place.

Which System Maintenance Software To Use:

MakeUseOf recommends Glary Utilities and CCleaner.

pc tools

Also Check Out The Following Articles:

For more software recommendations from MakeUseOf check out our The Best Of: Windows Software page.

Which of the recommended PC tools have you been using? Did I motivate you to start using any of the others?

Image credits: Ivan Montero Martinez, Matthias Pahl, Vladru, Helder Almeida

Ads by Google
Comments (24)
  • parallelssoft

    Acronis for system backup, Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite for all other management with hard drive

  • kgrey38

    Cracked, not hacked.

  • Kevin Rodrigues

    System Mechanic seems like a good system maintenance alternative. Though it is not free. There are loads of utilities that will improve the performance of your computer.

    Is there a good free backup program that will backup your data on the cloud periodically?

    • Tina

      Kevin,

      I recommend Dropbox or Mozy. If you want to back up more than 2GB you have to sign up for a monthly plan.

  • john sc

    Being in IT consulting and troubleshooting for over 7 years I try to stay away from 3rd party apps that do the same thing as my brain. Uninstallers = appwiz.cpl, Registry cleaners = dangerous and I can do that, software updaters = I can do that, and just about anything that claims to “speed up your computer by installing me”. That’s like having a fat mechanic in your car that swears he’s speeding it up. I’m not knocking all I’m just making an amusing anecdote. There are free antivirus and malware programs and built in backup, defrag, mgmt programs in most operating systems.

  • Superwookee

    Backup = fsync (UbuntuOne or DropBox for online backup)
    Password Manager = Keyring
    Software/Driver Update = Yum/Apt/etc.
    Uninstaller = Yum/Apt/etc.
    Defragmenter = ext filesystems don’t need defragmentation until they reach 95% capacity
    System Maintenance = BleachBit

    All but BleachBit and DropBox are preinstalled on any modern Linux distro (BTW if you’re on Vista or 7 Defrag is a non-issue as well. NTFS is still a crappy filing system but V and 7 both defrag in the background during idle time)

    I agree on Windoze systems registry cleaners. They are like brushing your teeth with a wire brush. All the dirt comes off but it’s not worth it.

Load 10 more
Affiliate Disclamer

This review may contain affiliate links, which pays us a small compensation if you do decide to make a purchase based on our recommendation. Our judgement is in no way biased, and our recommendations are always based on the merits of the items.

For more details, please read our disclosure.
Affiliate Disclamer

This review may contain affiliate links, which pays us a small compensation if you do decide to make a purchase based on our recommendation. Our judgement is in no way biased, and our recommendations are always based on the merits of the items.

For more details, please read our disclosure.