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Best Free CD Recovery Utility

Introduction

Unfortunately it is still common to encounter partially or entirely unreadable CDs. The causes are many, ranging from simple scratches through to partially written sessions. Important data might not be accessible anymore, reason enough to look into tools that can help with the recovery.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Audit your data.

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Word and Phrase search in PDF Files

There are a number of programs available for word searching in PDF files, some large and expensive commercial solutions, and some freeware. I have tried just about all of them, as I have a large collection of PDF files which I often want to search through.

Two that will do the job are Copernic Desktop Search, and Search Inform (Using Search Inform, only if the appropriate Adobe filter, which is free, is also installed).

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Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility

Introduction

Until recently, file recovery was one of the few categories where the main commercial products really outshone the freeware alternatives. But the picture has changed dramatically. You now have some excellent freeware choices for data recovery and file un-delete tools recommended in this review.

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Best Free Drive Encryption Utility

Introduction

Encryption is a process of encoding information so that it cannot be accessed by others unless they have the key needed to decode it. Encryption is usually used to protect highly sensitive documents, but it's also a good way to stop people from looking at your personal stuff.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility

Introduction

Utilities that compress one or more files into one smaller file have been around since the first personal computers were introduced.  These archive or zip file utilities were known by various names such as arc, pkarc and pkzip and they were run from a command line.

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Best Free Folder Hiding Utility

Introduction

Folder-hiding utilities help you hide folders you don't want to see, or don't want other people to see.

Most folder-hiding utilities provide a minimal level of secrecy, because your information is hidden but not necessarily encrypted. It's often relatively easy to locate a file in a hidden folder simply by using the Window's "Search" feature. Then again, to do this, you must know what you are searching for.

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Best Free File Comparison Utility

Introduction

A file comparison utility helps you visually compare and merge the differences between two (or more) different versions of the same file, or detect the variations between two different sets of data. These types of utilities are often called "Diff" programs.

Different types of file comparison utilities exist, each tailored for specific types of data and file formats. Here we found only two free products that warranted recommendation.

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Best Free Search and Replace Utility

Introduction

Many programs have a search and replace function that allows you to replace text in the file you are currently editing. However, with help of search and replace utilities reviewed here, you can save your precious time and increase your productivity.

Some of these excellent tools not only allow you to do multiple search-and-replace operations in one pass, but also replace text across multiple files or folders.

 

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