Often, new and casual computer users get left behind when it comes to PC utility software. Developers of this type of application are prone to designing tools that require more than just a passing knowledge of how computer operating systems really work.
New users are very often unfamiliar with both the technology itself, and the technical terms involved in using this type of application. For many users, a simple set of tools that does not require the user to be geek inclined, is more appropriate than a suite of tools that does everything but clean the kitchen sink.
While it’s generally true that more advanced users want/need much more control than a one click system utility provides, a one click system utility can often be the ideal solution for a new user.
PC Fixer is a relatively simple, but nonetheless, powerful set of tools for new and casual computer users that includes the following comparatively basic modules:
Install – assists in the setup/installation of applications, internet, email, printers, wireless network and more.
Fix – diagnostic applet with comprehensive solutions to common problems.
Optimize – a configuration utility with surprising functionality.
Secure – as well as the ability to remove malware, this module allows the user to configure Windows security settings.
Data Recovery – provides the user with the tools required to recover data in specific applications including MS Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook and so on.
Tune up – this feature is essentially a Registry cleaner.
A sample of repair issues addressed by PC Fixer:
CD or DVD driver is missing.
CD burner does not work.
Printing service is disabled.
Cannot open Task Manager.
Additional functionality included in this neat little application:
Windows XP & Vista – Diagnose and fix common desktop issues, repair corrupt files, and resolve configuration conflicts in Vista and Windows XP.
Microsoft Office – Provide automatic fixes for problems related to Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, and Outlook for your email.
Security – Improve security and privacy by recognizing and fixing configuration flaws in system/device/software settings and removing virus and malware.
CD/DVD, Printer, or USB – Fix issues related to CD/DVD, Printers, USB, etc. where conflicting device software and configuration make them inaccessible.
Performance Tuning – Improve overall performance by fine tuning various system and network settings, improve startup time by turning off unnecessary programs in your startup and services.
This application is not a panacea for computer problems of course, but for less experienced Windows users, it should prove to a valuable addition to their computer toolbox.
Interestingly, CNET’s (Download.com), editors rated this application as a 4.5 Star, out of 5. This is a significant rating, since the number of applications that have earned a 4 Star rating on CNET, is quite limited.
System requirements: Windows XP/Vista, Windows 7
A note on Windows 7: While the developers site does not make mention of Win 7 compatibility, PC Fixer ran perfectly on my Win 7 test system.
Download at: Download.com
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