Utilities help keep your computer running properly and free of viruses.
Although Windows comes with a set of tools, they are incomplete and difficult to
use. I have always depended on Symantec utilities to keep me up and
Amazon has a special storefront with all the key Symantec utilities.
You'll also find reviews and detailed information. See Symantec store
for info and pricing on all of Symantec's utilities.
See below for current utilities. I use Systemworks, which
includes the basic utilities, including one year of Norton AntiVirus. If
you are broadband connected, be sure to get a firewall, as well.
Winfax Pro is a fine product. You can send and receive
faxes direct from your computer. This is invaluable for sending out a quick fax without printing the document, and standing around your fax machine.
You also need a battery backup. This is a device which will
power your computer until you have time to shut it down. They are
inexpensive, and last forever. Here's some:
The subject of battery backup always brings up the old question,
"Leave it on or turn it off?" Many computer users leave the
computer powered on 24 hours a day. In the old days, this would save wear
and tear on the computer power supply, and eliminate a long delay at boot
I don't buy it. While on, your computer is a fire hazard,
is vulnerable to security breaches, power outages, power spikes and
lightning. Turn the damn thing off!
More later -- we're just getting started here. What are
your favorite utilities? Let us know and we'll post them here. Write to
Gary Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org