An Introduction To Utility Software
Utility Software is system software designed to help analyze, configure, optimize, or maintain a computer.
Utility Software is a computer program or application that focuses on helping your computer work more efficiently. There are many types of utility software that can do an array of tasks on your computer, all of which are designed to make your life easier!
Utility software usually focuses on how the computer infrastructure operates. This includes, but is not limited to, computer hardware, operating system, application software, and data storage.
Utility software allows you to add custom functionality to your out-of-the-box system, and some utility software is simply better than what comes standard on many computers.
Common Types Of Utility Software:
- Antivirus utilities scan for computer viruses.
- Archivers output a stream or a single file when provided with a directory or a set of files.
- Backup software can make copies of all information stored on a disk and restore either the entire disk or selected files.
- Clipboard managers expand the clipboard functionality of an operating system.
- Cryptographic utilities encrypt and decrypt streams and files.
- Data compression utilities output a shorter stream or a smaller file when provided with a stream or file.
- Data synchronization utilities establish consistency among data from a source to a target data storage and vice versa.
- Disk checkers can scan an operating hard drive.
- Disk cleaners can find files that are unnecessary to computer operation, or take up considerable amounts of space.
- Disk compression utilities can transparently compress/decompress the contents of a disk, increasing the disk’s capacity.
- Disk defragmenters can detect computer files whose contents are broken across several locations on the hard disk, and move the fragments to one location to increase efficiency.
- Disk partitions can divide an individual drive into multiple logical drives, each with its own file system which can be mounted by the operating system and treated as an individual drive.
- Disk storage utilities is a general category of storage mechanisms.
- File managers provide a convenient method of performing routine data management tasks, such as deleting, renaming, cataloging, uncataloging, moving, copying, merging, generating, and modifying data sets.
- Hex editors directly modify the text or data of a file.
- Memory testers check for memory failures.
- Network utilities analyze the computer’s network connectivity, configure network settings, check data transfer, or log events.
- Registry cleaners clean and optimize the Windows registry by removing old registry keys that are no longer in use.
- System monitors monitor resources and performance in a computer system.
- System profilers provide detailed information about the software installed on and hardware attached to the computer.