Top 10 most important windows utility software tools 2018

1. Unlocker

Unlocker helps delete locked files with error messages including “cannot delete file,” and access is denied.” Video tutorial available.

Some errors you might get that Unlocker can help with include:

  • Cannot delete file: Access is denied.
  • There has been a sharing violation.
  • The source or destination file may be in use.
  • The file is in use by another program or user.
  • Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

2.Everything

What is “Everything”?

“Everything” is search engine that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows.

Unlike Windows search “Everything” initially displays every file and folder on your computer (hence the name “Everything”).

You type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed.

How long will it take to index my files?

“Everything” only indexes file and folder names and generally takes a few seconds to build its database.

A fresh install of Windows 10 (about 120,000 files) will take about 1 second to index.

1,000,000 files will take about 1 minute.

3.Internet Download Manager

Internet Download Manager (IDM) is a tool to increase download speeds by up to 5 times, resume and schedule downloads. Comprehensive error recovery and resume capability will restart broken or interrupted downloads due to lost connections, network problems, computer shutdowns, or unexpected power outages. Simple graphic user interface makes IDM user friendly and easy to use.Internet Download Manager has a smart download logic accelerator that features intelligent dynamic file segmentation and safe multipart downloading technology to accelerate your downloads. Unlike other download managers and accelerators Internet Download Manager segments downloaded files dynamically during download process and reuses available connections without additional connect and login stages to achieve best acceleration performance.

Internet Download Manager supports proxy servers, ftp and http protocols, firewalls, redirects, cookies, authorization, MP3 audio and MPEG video content processing. IDM integrates seamlessly into Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape, MSN Explorer, AOL, Opera, Mozilla, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Firebird, Avant Browser, MyIE2, and all other popular browsers to automatically handle your downloads. You can also drag and drop files, or use Internet Download Manager from command line. Internet Download Manager can dial your modem at the set time, download the files you want, then hang up or even shut down your computer when it’s done.

Other features include multilingual support, zip preview, download categories, scheduler pro, sounds on different events, HTTPS support, queue processor, html help and tutorial, enhanced virus protection on download completion, progressive downloading with quotas (useful for connections that use some kind of fair access policy or FAP like Direcway, Direct PC, Hughes, etc.), built-in download accelerator, and many others.

Version 6.30 adds Windows 10 compatibility, adds IDM download panel for web-players that can be used to download flash videos from sites like MySpaceTV, and others. It also features complete Windows 8.1 (Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista) support, video page grabber, redeveloped scheduler, and MMS protocol support. The new version also adds improved integration for IE 11 and IE based browsers, redesigned and enhanced download engine, the unique advanced integration into all latest browsers, improved toolbar, and a wealth of other improvements and new features.

4.WinRAR

WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format. You can try WinRAR before buy, its trial version is available in downloads.

WinRAR and RAR 5.60 beta version

5.VLC media player

Version 3.0.1  •  Windows  •  38 MB
Simple, fast and powerful
  • Plays everything – Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices and Streams.
  • Plays most codecs with no codec packs needed – MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3…
  • Runs on all platforms – Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Unix, iOS, Android …
  • Completely Free – no spyware, no ads and no user tracking.

6.Windows Defender 1.1.1593

Windows Defender is an application which helps protect your computer against pop-ups, slow performance and security threats that are caused by spyware and other malware, by detecting and removing these threats from your computer.

Windows Defender features Real-Time Protection; a monitoring system that recommends actions against spyware when it’s detected. It minimizes interruptions and helps you stay productive.

Windows Defender key benefits include:

  • Spyware detection and removal.
  • Improved Internet browsing safety.
  • Protection against the latest threats.

Windows Defender is enhanced by SpyNet; a community that brings Windows Defender users together to identify and share information about spyware. This community reports potential threats identified by the Windows Defender real-time system agents to the SpyNet servers, these in turn, catalogue and update the system to help protect you from new spyware threats.

7.FreshBooks

The FreshBooks mobile app provides financial management and accounting tools which runs from a cloud platform, thereby making it possible for you to track time, create invoices, and check balances no matter what your geographical location.

FreshBooks is the fastest way to manage your time and invoice your clients. It is well suited to freelancers, teams, and subscription services. FreshBooks has been designed to save you time, get paid faster, and look more professional. It lets you create or import database info for companies, contacts, and products and services and it provides customizable invoice and estimate forms, which you can either fill in manually or complete using lists. FreshBooks then allows you to dispatch these forms by e-mail or standard postage.

FreshBooks is a solid platform to work from that builds in a lot of collaboration. For example, both clients and contractors can access pertinent subsets of the site. FreshBooks’ extensibility also is top notch; besides a host of add-ons, it integrates data with third party apps, it incorporates time-tracking and support tickets and it lets you upload documents to a shared area.

Invoices
When it comes to processing invoices FreshBooks excels more than most solutions because of the quality features which it offers. For instance, FreshBooks allows you to record expenses and automatically bill them to clients, and you can also generate support tickets and convert them to invoices as well.

A really useful facet of FreshBooks invoicing tools is mobile invoicing. With mobile invoicing you can create and send invoices from your iOS device, and check to see if invoices have been viewed. If there are any discrepancies regarding the invoices, these errors can be amended immediately from within the FreshBooks mobile app. Not only that, FreshBooks allows clients to pay online using a payment gateway such as Paypal, Authorize.net and iTransact; and Google Checkout.

Receipt Management and Expense Tracking
The time management features of FreshBooks are superb, with full functionality for you, your staff and contractors. You can bill for any working time using the platform’s internal and mobile timers. A really cool feature is FreshBook’s expense tracking tool, which lets users photograph receipts using their iOS device. These receipts are then automatically entered into FreshBooks and attached to expense sheets for reimbursement and tax purposes. To photograph an expense receipt, just click the ‘Expenses’ button on the FreshBooks home screen, then open up the mobile app’s camera to begin scanning your business receipts. When you have taken the image, you can process the expense by manually typing in the required fields such as the value, category, client or vendor, and the date.

DriverPack will install drivers for free and solve driver problems on any device

DriverPack is the most convenient and fastest way of configuring a computer

The software is provided for free, and is suitable both for professionals and for beginners

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Free
DriverPack is provided for free

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Safe
DriverPack officially cooperates with antivirus software manufacturers, and protects your computer

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For all devices
DriverPack has the largest driver database in the world, and can be used to configure any computer

DriverPack is the most convenient and fastest way to configure a computer

The software is provided for free, and is suitable both for professionals and for beginners

9.Alcohol 120%

CD AND DVD BURNING SOFTWARE

Alcohol 120%, is a powerful Windows CD and DVD burning software that makes it easy to create backups of DVDs* and CDs. Additionaly, the program lets you store your most used CDs as images on your computer, and you can mount them on 1 of the 31 virtual drives with a click of a button.

Our burning software includes a Pre-Mastering function which lets you burn files directly from your hard drive, and supports Blu-ray format and HD DVD.Compatible with all Windows 32 and 64 bit operating systems up to Windows 10. 

Alcohol 120% supports a wide range of CD/DVD image files including .mds,.iso, .bwt, .b5t, .b6t, .ccd, .isz, .cue, .cdi, .pdi and .nrg formats.

10.Notepad++ 7.5.6

Notepad++ is a free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.

Based on the powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.
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You’re encouraged to translate Notepad++ into your native language if there’s not already a translation present in the Binary Translations page.

I hope you enjoy Notepad++ as much as I enjoy coding it.

11. Sublime Text

A sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose

Some features our users love:

GOTO ANYTHING

Use Goto Anything to open files with only a few keystrokes, and instantly jump to symbols, lines or words.

Triggered with Ctrl+P, it is possible to:

  • Type part of a file name to open it.
  • Type @ to jump to symbols, # to search within the file, and : to go to a line number.

These shortcuts can be combined, so tp@rf may take you to a function read_file within a file text_parser.py. Similarly, tp:100 would take you to line 100 of the same file.

GOTO DEFINITION

Using information from syntax definitions, Sublime Text automatically generates a project-wide index of every class, method and function. This index powers Goto Definition, which is exposed in three different ways:

  • A popup is displayed when hovering over a symbol
  • Pressing F12 when the caret is on a symbol
  • The Goto Symbol in Project functionality

Symbol indexing can be customized on a per-syntax basis via configuration files, allowing users to tailor the feature to their needs.

MULTIPLE SELECTIONS

Make ten changes at the same time, not one change ten times. Multiple selections allow you to interactively change many lines at once, rename variables with ease, and manipulate files faster than ever.

Try pressing Ctrl+Shift+L to split the selection into lines and Ctrl+D to select the next occurrence of the selected word. To make multiple selections with the mouse, take a look at the Column Selectiondocumentation.

COMMAND PALETTE

The Command Palette holds infrequently used functionality, like sorting, changing the syntax and changing the indentation settings. With just a few keystrokes, you can search for what you want, without ever having to navigate through the menus or remember obscure key bindings.

Show the Command Palette with Ctrl+Shift+P.

POWERFUL API AND PACKAGE ECOSYSTEM

Sublime Text has a powerful, Python API that allows plugins to augment built-in functionality.

Package Control can be installed via the command palette, providing simple access to thousands of packages built by the community.

CUSTOMIZE ANYTHING

Key bindings, menus, snippets, macros, completions and more – just about everything in Sublime Text is customizable with simple JSON files. This system gives you flexibility as settings can be specified on a per-file type and per-project basis.

SPLIT EDITING

Get the most out of your wide screen monitor with split editing support. Edit files side by side, or edit two locations in the one file. You can edit with as many rows and columns as you wish. Take advantage of multiple monitors by editing with multiple windows, and using multiple splits in each window.

Take a look at the View ▶ Layout menu for split editing options. To open multiple views into the one file, use the File ▶ New View into File menu item.

INSTANT PROJECT SWITCH

Projects in Sublime Text capture the full contents of the workspace, including modified and unsaved files. You can switch between projects in a manner similar to Goto Anything, and the switch is instant, with no save prompts – all your modifications will be restored next time the project is opened.

 

12.FileZilla

Welcome to the homepage of FileZilla®, the free FTP solution. Both a client and a server are available. FileZilla is open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

Support is available through our forums, the wiki and the bug and feature request trackers.

In addition, you will find documentation on how to compile FileZilla and nightly builds for multiple platforms in the development section.

Quick download links

Pick the client if you want to transfer files. Get the server if you want to make files available for others.

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