ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Technology»
  • Computers & Software»
  • Computer Software

Best Free Alternatives to the Windows Task Manager

Updated on January 13, 2012

Want a really fast PC?

Turbo Windows® - The Ultimate PC Speed Up Guide
Turbo Windows® - The Ultimate PC Speed Up Guide

This book will help you speed up that slow computer of yours

 

These programs will help you fix a slow-running PC

Which program do you turn to when you need to kill a hanging Windows process or check your resource usage? You press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open the Windows Task Manager. This little piece of software can be very useful when you need to troubleshoot your computer or when you just want to poke around and learn more about what's running on your computer. But, like many things in Windows, the built-in Task Manager doesn't have enough features for advanced troubleshooting. In fact, its restricted features can be a pain in the neck when you need to find out which Windows process does what. Fortunately, there are great free Task Manager alternatives that have all the necessary features and will help you speed up computer performance.

1. Auslogics Task Manager


If you are looking for a free tool that can replace the standard Task Manager and do a lot more, then Auslogics Task Manager is the way to go. This little program has a very intuitive interface and can do a lot of the stuff the Windows Task Manager can't. With Auslogics Task Manager you can manage running applications, processes and Windows services, as well as look up network usage for each process and unlock locked files. The network usage feature helped me discover a virus that wasn't getting detected by my security software, so I was very glad that I switched to Auslogics Task Manager. You can download Auslogics Task Manager here.

2. Process Hacker


Process Hacker is another great free program to use instead or alongside the Windows Task Manager. It's an open source application and it's best suited for advanced computer users who can appreciate all of its advanced features. This program allows the users to do all kinds of things to running Windows processes, such as edit the virtual memory contents used by specific processes, alter the security level for selected processes, and view detailed information about each running process. You can download Process Hacker here.

3. Process Explorer


Process Explorer is a very lightweight app that doesn't even require installation. All you need to do is download the. exe file, put it on your desktop (or in any other folder) and run it whenever you need it. In fact, you can even run it from a USB drive, which is especially handy when you need to troubleshoot a friend's computer. My favourite Process Explorer feature is the option to expand process trees and look up which applications are using specific processes. This is especially handy when you are trying to figure out which applications and Windows features are using processes like svchost.exe. Process Explorer helped me identify malicious programs on numerous occasions and helped me fix all sorts of process-related problems on friends' PCs. You can download Process Explorer here.

These three programs are really good Windows Task Manager alternatives. Try them and you will never use the built-in Task Manager again.

© 2011 Snurre

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)