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The Windows Task Manager has long been a handy resource for monitoringrnrunning processes and for terminating applications that refuse to close throughrnnormal means. As helpful as the Windows Task Manager is, however, a number of otherrnapplications are available that can act as Task Manager replacements andrnperform various Task Manager related services. This gallery highlights five suchrnapplications.
Note: This gallery is also available as an article.
Security Task Manager
Right-clicking on a process opens a menu that lets you go tornthe process’ folder. You can also Google the process, check it for viruses,rncomment on it, and view its properties. Commenting on a process allows you tornflag it as being dangerous or safe and to add notes documenting your reasoning.
Security Task Manager sells for $29, but a freerntrial version is available for download.
Task Manager Fix
Over the years, I have encountered several malwarerninfections that have disabled the Task Manager. Some malware attacks the TaskrnManager so the victim can’t use it to terminate malware-related processes. Thisrnsimple app repairs the Task Manager following such a situation. It contains onernbutton. Clicking this button restores the Task Manager to a functional state.
AnVir Task Manager Pro
AnVir Task Manager Pro sells for $49.95, but a free trial isrnavailable for download. There is also a freernversion of this app.
Remote Task Manager
Remote Task Manager sells for $40, but a free version is availablernfor download.
Free Extended Task Manager
Pretty much all thisrninformation can be displayed by the built-in Windows tools, but it’s handy tornhave all the information in one place. Like the native Task Manager, this toolrncan terminate processes and launch applications.