Utility software is system software designed to help analyze, configure, optimize or maintain a computer..
Utility software helps the user to control, manage, and maintain a computer's operating system, hardware and application software. These programs are designed to perform specific functions like finding files, backing up data, playing multimedia files, viewing images and so on. Unlike system software, utility software can be set up, controlled or initiated by the user. Many utility software programs are built into a computer's operating system.
There are also stand-alone utility programs such as backup utilities and antivirus programs. Typically, these programs come with additional features that help improve the already built-in software. They have to be installed to the computer by the user, and they do not depend on other software packages to function. These programs remove spyware and adware, compress files, burn CDs and DVDs, play media files, convert files from one format to another and do other unglamorous tasks.
Create a table of Utility programs like the one below. List at least 12 different utility programs
|Utility Name||Type of Utility||Example||Description|
|Anti-Virus||Security||AVG||Checks files before they are opened for viruses. Performs scans of the system|
Discuss The Purpose Of The Following Utilities:
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of utility software.
The OS uses applications called utilities which allow the user to manage the computer. There are many different utility programs and they may vary across operating systems. They are often accessed via a special menu or control panel in the OS.