Anvir Task Manager Free – a task manager with an insane list of options and features that gives you full control of your computer.
I love playing around with the various task managers and this one is no exception. As a matter of fact, I put Anvir Task Manager into the exceptional category for task managers.
If you dare to try this task manager, I encourage you to download the portable version that requires no installation. Simply download [ link ] AnVir Task Manager Free Portable, unzip the archive and run.
What I find interesting about this task manager is that it it like finding easter eggs. In conjunction with the normal monitoring features you find in a task manager (such as Startup, Applications, Processes, Services, etc…), AnVir has some hidden features such as a tweaker that gives you access to hundreds of Windows XP and Vista settings. Another feature for example; Anvir Task Manager, when running in the background, places (3)-three small buttons adjacent to the minimize, restore and close button at the top right corner any window you have open. One button allows you to minimize the window to the system tray, another allows you to pin the window so that it stays on top and another minimizes the window to a square floating icon on your desktop. Another easter egg buried in this task manager is the ability to generate a HiJackThisPro log that can be used for online troubleshooting assistance.
Anvir Task Manager, when running will place a couple icons in your system tray. One icon readily gives you your CPU Usage and Processes; and another icon readily gives you a drive listing, disk load of each drive and free space on each drive. If you “right mouse click” on either of the icons, you can preview a list of most recently launched programs.
An option to definitely explore is that you can “Check any file with AntiViruses on Virus Total” which is handy when you need to analyze a suspicious file. Analysis of suspicious files can be quickly accomplished when troubleshooting file sources in the startup, processes and services areas.
For a complete feature list (see below). Anvir Task Manager is available in a FREE edition and several paid editions (Task Manager, Task Manager Pro, Security Suite). Click [ here ] to compare the various editions. For everyday use, the AnVir Task Manager Free Portable Edition should be sufficient to meet your diagnostic needs. Overall this app is my choice task manager.
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Features of the FREE edition:
Basic Security analysis of processes, startup programs and Windows services
Startup monitor: alerts on new startups, block undesired startup programs
Check files on VirusTotal.com with 30+ antivirus engines
Startup manager: manage all programs running on startup including services and Internet Explorer toolbars
Save HijackThis log with additional info
Tweaker that gives direct access to hundreds of XP / Vista settings including settings that cannot be accessed in Windows at all without editing the registry directly
Drive’s free space as a colored horizontal bar in Windows “My Computer” (Vista style icons on Windows XP)
Click on title of any application:
- hide window to system tray
- make window semi-transparent
- pin window ‘always on top’
- change window size to 640×480, 800×600, 1024×768
- change priority of the process
List of recently used folders in “Open”/”Save” dialogs
Minimize windows to system tray and save taskbar space
Quick access to last launched programs and last opened folders in system tray
Monitor processes, services, Internet connections, CPU, disk, memory, DLLs, drivers,locked files, windows
Icons and tooltips in tray for CPU, memory, network, disk load, HDD temperature, and battery
Find locked files and DLL
Log of processes start and stop
Graph of processor, memory and disk activity for each process and for computer
Compatible with all popular antivirus, complement antivirus software or make it unnecessary
Can replace Windows Task Manager
Can run as portable application
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