It happens quite so often that system bogs down while using an encoder to convert one hefty media file format, this is because of some threads start utilizing all the available resources of CPU, causing user to wait until the completion of process. You might have encountered such problems with an application which is buggy in terms of consuming too much of memory or CPU resources. Apparently there isn’t anything you can do with the application or program's instance which is bogging down your system but to close it down for restoring CPU to normal state. Process Tamer
is a small application which is designed to address such CPU-resource utilization problems. It claims to be efficient in taming down the specified application’s CPU usage to let you carry on with your work without any disruption.
is an easy to use utility that allows you to keep track of your system’s performance by providing you in depth insight regarding the system information of your PC from your mobile device. The information that it provides can range from your CPU usage to your Active X Installer and can be used with your PC as well as with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices.
If your cable modem connection is causing problems for you, or you’re facing regular disconnections, packet losses or any other abnormal activity, then CMWatcher
is what you need to troubleshoot the problem. It is a lightweight tool that runs in your PC’s system tray (Windows only) and allows you to quickly and easily monitor your cable modem and take screenshot records of any irregularity or abnormal activity. This can prove really helpful in diagnosing intermittent connection failure that may otherwise go unnoticed.
is a portable application to monitor hard disk(s), physical memory, virtual memory, and CPU activity. Primarily it is out to facilitate users who access system on remote locations where the systems are not tangibly available, so they can keep an eye on all the local drives read/write activities. Another usage scenario is that when the computer is hidden under the table and you can’t see the hard drive activity indicator. In such situations, DriveGLEAM offers an system tray indicator to let you monitor each local drive activity along with RAM and CPU usage.
is a free network analyzer that checks network regularly to let you keep tab on bandwidth usage, downloaded/uploaded data count and displays other network specific history. Similar to previously reviewed Networx
, and WinPcap
, it has an efficient statistics finding mechanism which lets you view the history of network usage over a specified period of time. Whilst showing stats on graph, charts and tables, it also provides other statistics tools to find out the total time spent on the PC.
is designed solely to test the system performance under heavy stress. It uses multiple methods to load the system’s main memory whilst creating a heavy process file in Temp Folder. The multi-core technology manufacturers always pledge best system performance under heavy stress and load. This little application has an ability to the put the multi-core processors under tests to measure the stress handling capacity. The real usage can be observed on the file server machines, which are designed to streamline all the running processes even under extreme strain.
Locking down your machine when leaving your desk is a nice way to protect your privacy, but the display remaining on which means power is being wasted constantly while no productive work is happening. Also, if you were chatting with someone on any IM client, chances are that they’d be left wondering as to why you were not replying. Similar goes for any playing media that would continue to play in the background, despite the system being locked.
Have you ever wanted to put your monitor into standby mode when needed? Monitor Off Utility
is a free tool that will shift your Monitor to the energy saving mode. It can also come useful in situations where you want to turn off laptop monitor quickly while the lid is open. This tool lets you control your monitors built-in energy saving features. It also enables you to configure your own keyboard shortcut for putting your monitor into power saving mode. The application resides in system tray, allowing you to easily access it. It supports multiple monitors, and enables you to activate your screensaver.
stands for Software Update Monitor
, it keeps your computer up-to-date by using the most recent versions of installed software. By using up-to-date software, you'll reduce the risk of encountering bugs and your system will run smoothly. It detects the applications that are currently installed in your system and track their updates, if a new version is detected for any installed software, you'll be notified instantly. It is very light-weight application that consumes nearly 3Mb of system memory.
Ubuntu offers you a default utility called System Monitor to monitor your system's performance, no doubt it is a great tool but it also consumes a lot of your system's resources. If you are looking for a light-weight utility to monitor your Ubuntu system then you should try out Conky. It is a free, cross-platform, and highly customizable system monitoring tool which lets you monitor the important factors like CPU, disk usage, swap space, processes, network interface, etc. Lets see how we can install and use it in Ubuntu. Read More
If you are really conscious about your system's performance then it is necessary that you should monitor it regularly. All versions of Microsoft Windows has Task Manager utility which let you identify the processes and applications which are consuming the most system resources. Windows Vista offered Resource View which became very famous because it added some more functionality to Task Manager utility. Now what's new in upcoming Windows 7? It's Resource Monitor
. You can say that Vista's Resource View
is a cut down version of Windows 7's Resource Monitor. Resource Monitor lets you keep an eye on CPU, Memory, Network status and Disks status of your system.
If you don’t have your Windows account password protected then there is a chance that everyone will use the computer without your permission. If you want to keep a tab on when somebody logged in and logged out of the computer, then MLL
will come handy. Otherwise you can always create an activity monitoring software yourself
to monitor all activities happening on the computer while you were away.
In February, we reviewed an app called iExporter that could export iTunes playlist instantly. The developer notified me a few days back about his new software called iWatchSyncer. It let’s you sync any music folder with iTunes.
Suppose you have added music to your iTunes and later added more songs in your folder, what will you do now? The only way would be to manually add these new songs to your iTunes playlist. iWatchSyncer solves this problem. It monitors your folder for any change, when you add a new song to the folder, it will automatically add it to your iTunes playlist. It can also monitor sub-folders inside the main folder. Read More
Do you want to monitor the total time your server was ON? Or maybe you just want to keep track of the time you spend on the computer daily. So far Windows does not have any build-in feature to count the total time the computer remained on.
Counter is a free tool for Windows that counts the total time spend on the computer. It also counts the total time spend after restart, in the current day, in the current month, and the total overall time spend. It can also show a detailed view of time spend every day and every month, so that you can keep track of your computer activity. If you are a server administrator, this can be a good tool to track the uptime of your servers too. Read More
Suppose you are running a program that requires constant monitoring, but you have to leave urgently for a moment, what will you do? Or lets suppose you are away from your computer and would like to know what your husband/wife, kids, or any friend did on your computer?
myDesktop Online is a free tool for Windows that capture images and monitors the activity on your computer desktop while you are away. You can save the captured images either on your local computer or upload them to a server. The images can be saved in any one of the many popular image formats such as jpg, png, bmp, and gif. Read More
Directory Monitor is a free app for Windows that lets you monitor any folder or directory easily. It is like a surveillance tool that keeps check on your directories for any file changes, modifications, deletions and new files. You can also monitor hidden directories and folders.
Just add the directories you want to monitor and it will automatically begin tracking them. Apart from your local directory, you can also add directory over the network. Read More
Editor’s Notes: Almost every website use some kind of tracking code, leaving all websites for the sake of privacy would mean visiting no website at all. If you see tracking services such as Google Analytics, Quantcast, etc on a website, you don’t need to fret. Such services are used by webmasters to check how many people are visiting their websites. This add-on is for advanced users who hate being tracked by few services for the sake of their privacy. In other words, if you are a normal internet user then you shouldn’t worry.
is a free add-on for Firefox that lets you know which websites are tracking you. Since more and more websites are using the tracking codes and scripts to monitor their visitor’s behavior, you can keep check on these websites by using this add-on.
According to the developer,
Ghostery alerts you when you visit a web site that has web bugs on it. Web bugs are hidden scripts that track your behavior and are used by the sites you visit to understand their own audience.
Maxto is a free tool that lets you split your monitor into multiple regions. It can come helpful if you want to keep track of multiple applications or want to work on 2 or more projects simultaneously, in other words this can be used for multi-tasking which can save you hours every day. It can also work on your second monitor if you have a dual-monitor setup.
When started for the first time, the program will load in the system tray, the screen will be grayed out and you will be shown options to either split the screen vertically or horizontally, you can split the space as much as you want. Read More
One of our reader asked a simple question, “Do you have any idea how to reinstall trial software?
(after trial period)?” A simple Google search shows that most people are looking for it’s solution. I have two methods which you can try, one of them should definitely work.
Method 1: Backing Up Registry
Most trial software add a key in your system registry by tweaking it. When you uninstall a software after it’s trial period has expired, all files are deleted except the keys in the registry. Therefore when you try installing it again, it detects the key and gives you a message like for e.g, “Your trial period has expired”.
So the best way is to make a backup of the registry before installing any trial software. And when finally your trial has expired, you can uninstall the software, restore backup and try installing the software again. I have written a post explaining the steps of making a backup of your registry
The build-in power meter in Windows is totally crap, after fully recharging your laptop it will tell you that battery is full, but after a few minutes it will say only 75% is left. What the heck? Can’t there be a simple and reliable way to monitor laptop battery? There are many apps that help you in determining the accurate amount of power left, but the problem with these apps is that they themselves take a good amount of resources to run, which makes them basically useless.
is a free tool for laptop users who wants to monitor their battery level accurately all the time. The battery bar becomes more visible as the power level reduces, when the battery is full the visibility is at it’s minimum, you can choose to hide the bar when battery is full.