Unlike your average security package, this won't ward off the predators, but it will rescue you afterwards. Comprising just two programs: KeepIt and BackOnTrack, Home Security is simple to use.

KeepIt saves secure copies of all your files to an external drive or disc, without the hassle of you selecting which ones to back up or even when to do so. You can relax, safe in the knowledge that you always have an up-to-date copy of your data to hand.

BackOnTrack is the brains of the operation. Not only will it recover lost files and continue to protect them, it saves the earlier versions of each file should anything be overwritten.

Should a program stop functioning properly or Windows doesn't start up, you can simply restore you data and resolve the problem without needing to know what it was.

Home Security restores malfunctioning PCs to a healthy state in seconds. It restores all your apps – unlike XP's Restore facility, which saves files it deems vital and scraps the rest.

To test, we saved important media files for the May edition of PC Advisor to one PC and ditched all other copies. Then, after creating a backup, we had a little dabble in the Registry and successfully destroyed all the information about the drivers that Windows needs to start up (please don't try this at home). Did it work? Well, you're reading the evidence.

SystemOK Home Security: Specs

  • 500MHz processor
  • Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
  • 64MB RAM
  • 32MB graphics card
  • 3MB hard disk space
  • 500MHz processor
  • Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
  • 64MB RAM
  • 32MB graphics card
  • 3MB hard disk space

OUR VERDICT

Backing up every item on a regular basis is probably unnecessary and will take up an awful lot of space. But as an additional defence tool, this offers excellent peace of mind. Don't just take our word for it – SystemOK has already got brands such as Dell and Fujitsu Siemens on its side. This is a good product.

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