by Rick Smith (November 18, 2001)
While PC Utilities may not be the most eye-popping software on the market, having a functional and well-running computer system increases the enjoyment of your exciting gaming, graphics or business applications. I have always used diagnostics to check out PC system functionality, ever since I used IBM's Advanced Diagnostics on the original IBM PC. Ontrack, a well known hard-drive utility vendor, has updated their SystemSuite product to version 4.0.
SystemSuite 4.0 adds a personal firewall, support for XP and better virus protection into their integrated suite of PC utilities. This combination of utilities include:
Fix-It Utilities 4.0
NetDefense personal firewall
DataEraser Personal Edition
PowerDesk 4 Pro
These utilites have been designed to work and act together as a single, cohesive unit.
These SystemSuite utilities provide:
Extensive hardware diagnostics
Crash prevention and protection
Hard disk imminent failure warning and repair
Registry repair and optimization
Internet clutter removal and cleanup
Hard disk data erasing
E-mail scanner for POP3 and Exchange
Fast Disk Defragmenter
Windows Error Message Tracker
To assist when the worst happens, SmartSuite also includes an Emergency Response Manual. This provides step-by-step instructions on how to restore a non-bootable system and help recover critical data that may have been lost. This can definitely be helpful and will be considerably more up-to-date than the "How to make a useful bootable disk" section in my 1993 Essentials of Laptop Travel article.
Ontrack SystemSuite 4.0 is compatible with all 32-bit Windows operating systems -- Window95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 and XP. It has an MSRP of $59.95.
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