What is Utility Software?
Utility Software can range from backup programs, to file converters, to password crackers, and just about anything in between. Below are some common definitions of Utility Software, personally we feel the first definition is the best and easiest to understand definition.
A program that performs a specific task related to the management of computer functions, resources, or files, as password protection, memory management, virus protection, and file compression.
Software utility programs are designed to help analyze, configure, optimize or maintain a computer.
Utility software usually focuses on how the computer infrastructure (including the computer hardware, operating system, application software and data storage) operates. Due to this focus, utilities are often rather technical and targeted at people with an advanced level of computer knowledge – in contrast to productivity software, which allows users to do things like creating text documents, playing video games, listening to music or viewing websites.
Utility software programs, commonly referred to as just “utilities,” are software programs that add functionality to your computer or help your computer perform better. These include antivirus, backup, disk repair, file management, security, and networking programs. Utilities can also be applications such as screensavers, font and icon tools, and desktop enhancements. Some programs help keep your computer free from unwanted software such as viruses or spyware, while others add functionality that allows you to customize your desktop and user interface. In general, programs that help make your computer better are considered utilities.
Utilities are designed to help in the management and tuning of operating systems, computer hardware and application software. It is designed to perform a single task or a multiple of small tasks. Examples of such software include Disk de-fragmenters, System Profilers, Network Managers, Application Launchers and Virus Scanners.