ASCOMP BackUp Maker is an easy-to-use and highly configurable tool for backing up all your most important personal files.

Simple backups can be set up in seconds. Choose a few items you'd like to protect (Chrome, Internet or Firefox bookmarks, your Documents, Pictures or Music folders), click Next a few times, pick a destination drive and you're done.

ASCOMP BackUp Maker gets more interesting as you start to explore its options. The Scheduler can run backups daily, at regular intervals (every x minutes), on specific days of the week or month, when you connect a particular USB device, when a certain drive is mapped, when Windows starts, or you log off.

That's just the beginning. You can use a combination of these events, maybe automatically running backups once a day and when Windows starts. It's also possible to limit operations, perhaps running backups only within a certain timeframe, or if your computer is idle.

The program scores bonus points elsewhere, too. Many backup programs enable running a custom command before or after your backup, but BackUp Maker can run multiple actions, and has built-in commands to get you started. You're able to run a program, close or restart Outlook (handy if you need to back up a PST file), show a message, connect or disconnect a network drive, print or email a backup report, reboot or shut down Windows, and more. Set this up and it all works entirely automatically, with nothing else for you to do.

ASCOMP BackUp Maker has plenty of standard features, too: include and exclude filters, optional encryption and password protection, disk spanning, remote and optional local backups, and saving to CD/ DVD or remote FTP servers.

Create one backup job, and add more as required. They'll all run automatically if you've set up the scheduler, but you can also launch them from the program or optionally via a system-wide hotkey.

Please note, the program installs as a "Standard" version. To upgrade to the full version, tap the "Register Now" link to open the registration page, enter your name and email address and hit "Send".

What's new in v7.3 (see full history for more)?

- Deactivate task until date
- Rename backup group
- Error count in mail subject
- Optimized program stability

Verdict

Decent free backup tool but with a rather clunky old-school user-interface.