One of my favourite utilities, Fix-It, is available in a new version. The program — which does everything from cleaning up your hard drive to rescuing deleted files — has gone through many owners of the years, and is now part of V Communications. This is their first update of the software since V Comm acquired it from KrollOntrack in September 2002., and it’s not easy to tell what’s new from their press release. One feature sounds neat: Recovery Commander, “an advanced data recovery system that can correct for major system file damage that prevents your system from booting”. Fix-It Utilities 5 also “allows users at all levels to perform critical maintenance tasks on their own PC, thereby saving them hundreds of dollars”. Bundled with it is PowerDesk 5, an excellent file manager. Given PowerDesk itself costs $40, the $50 price tag for the whole thing seems pretty good value.
I’ll review the whole thing in a future column.