Updated: 03/10/2024 by Computer Hope
utility program

A utility or software utility is computer system software intended to analyze, configure, monitor, or help maintain a computer. Usually, a utility is smaller than a standard program and may be included with an operating system or installed separately.

List of computer utilities

Below are many different utility program categories and examples of utilities. For a list of all of the different types of computer software, see our software page.

How do I use a utility on a computer?

Many utilities used on the computer run in the background and require little or no user interaction. For example, after installing an antivirus on the computer, it'll run in the background and only require interaction if it detects a virus.

Software utilities that don't run in the background like a disk checker run like any other computer program.

Where can I get software utilities?

Software utilities can be purchased from any software store and downloaded from many websites. Below are examples of indie developers who enjoy making small free utilities and tools to perform specialized tasks.

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