2004 Utility Guide
PC Magazine tests computers to play games, surf the Web, communicate, and manage our lives, and do lots of security tasks.We use our computers to play games, surf the Web, communicate, and manage our lives. And anything we ask them to do can usually be done better with a few new utilities. For this years Utility Guide, weve tested and reviewed 161 utilities in 21 categories, including several that will boost your computers performance and keep it safe, as well as dozens of digital photo tools, customization utilities, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office add-ons, and more.
You wont find firewall, antispam, antispyware, or traditional antivirus tools in heretheyre essential utilities, but weve covered them recently; see our current favorites in the . But with new viruses coming at us faster than AV companies can write signatures to stop them, we take a hard look at alternative detection methods that attempt to root out new threats based on their behavior, not just their signatures.