2004 Utility Guide

By Sarah Pike  |  Posted 2004-06-08 Print this article Print

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 here—theyre 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.

Some utilities are less fun than important—yes, you do have to back up your data regularly, and your Registry probably could use a good cleaning. The following pages present a mix of tools that taste good and are good for you.

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