Windows software of the day [June 3, 2012]

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Software for June 3, 2012

Auslogics BitReplica

Backups are critical to maintaining a happy and useful computer experience but are oft-neglected. Many backup tools are just too complicated, and make backing up a painful, begrudging event. However, with Auslogics BitReplica, you can make backups of just the things you care about with ease.

One of the coolest things about BitReplica is that it has a fairly unique backup profile wizard that automatically presents to you things it thinks you may wish to back up. It allows you to back up your desktop, My Documents, Music, Photos, Videos, and browser profiles, as well as custom folders.

Once you’ve selected folders and files to back up, BitReplica will simply back them up to either an external drive or a different, internal drive. In fact, it’s smart enough that if you try to back up to the same drive you’re backing up, even a different partition, it warns you about data loss.

BitReplica is a cool backup utility for those looking to set up backups without any of the hassle of setting up a complicated backup program.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.0

Supported OS: Windows XP+

Download size: 5.2MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation

Auslogics BitReplica homepage

LD Move

Windows’ built in copy is terrible. It’s slow, it freezes, it sometimes refuses to work, and is unpausable. LD Move is none of those. Most importantly, it’s designed to pause, start, and even skip with ease.

LD Move is not a leader of the pack in speed, moving and copying around roughly the same speed as most other 3rd party copiers. It’s still faster than Windows Explorer, and allows you to drag and drop files onto its interface, making it very easy to use. (I never was able to figure out how to use TeraCopy.)

If you’re looking for a copy manager that allows you to pause and resume copies, LD Move is by no means the only option available but is still a nice tool for the job.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v1.01

Supported OS: Windows all

Download size: 1.3MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Entirely portable!

LD Move homepage

Free Internet Window Washer

Looking for a nice tool to compliment CCleaner? Try Free Internet Window Washer. It’s a free tool available for any computer running Windows 95 or up, and is pro at clearing temp files and logs.

It can clear data from programs like Office 2003, various messengers, Windows XP’s Outlook Express, and many more applications. As a cool little trick on the side, it features a “Boss Key” setting that lets you hit a key to hide various web browsers, such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, or Netscape.

As you can tell, FIWW is not a new program, nor is it the most up-to-date program. It’s not really an issue so long as you don’t make it your primary cleaning program, but it certainly doesn’t bode well for its future, as it doesn’t support Office 2007+ or Chrome.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v3.1

Supported OS: Windows 9x+

Download size: 1.2MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42

Portability: Requires installation.

Free Internet Window Washer homepage

dotTechies: We have tested all the software listed above. However, Windows Software of the Day articles are not intended as “reviews” but rather as “heads-up” to help you discover new programs. Always use your best judgement when downloading programs, such as trying trial/free versions before purchasing shareware programs, if applicable.

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  1. Peter

    Comments are disabled for LD-Move at the developer’s site. So I’ll have to carp about it here ;) When I tried to copy a ~4.4GB ISO DVD-image from a NTFS partition to another one, the program simply crashed (on Win7-x64 HomePremium SP1). I’ll use TeraCopy again which integrates well into the system And, Locutus, is easy to use :) ).
    Thank you for your great work!