Process Tamer – Stop those processes taking all your CPU
Description : Monitors and catches run away process that try to take all of your CPU. Set which apps you want to have loads of power, and those you wish to put on the back seat. Control them before they control you!
Lets face it, with all the mod con apps you have installed, chances are, you have maxed out your CPU before now and had to turn you machine of manually. (For those of you who are not sure, you can tell this happens when you computer appears to freeze/go very slowly, and makes loads of noise from the fan going really fast) Its just plain annoying and inconvenient, just when you were in a rush as well. So you have to restart your machine, and that just takes way too long. Then you wonder why you even bothered trying. Never fear, tame those blasted greedy processes!
Applications like CD/DVD writers tend to want to take control of the CPU to get the job done as fast as possible. Also, by their very nature, they take up a lot of processing power. Its very annoying when your working on multiple projects, and go to save something when your machine freezes, and you have no idea if its going to come back again. Well now, you needn’t wonder anymore, as process tamer will lower the priority of the offending process, and let you continue you work regardless.
Like in the ctrl alt del menu, you can see which processes are taking up the most CPU. Process Tamer has a nice option to only show those processes using above 1%. You may think this is slightly stupid, but you would be surprised how this narrows the list down to just a handful, compared to the 70 odd that I usually have running. This enables you to see what’s really snagging your precious processing power, and gives you options to control them.
I can’t stress how much this has help me, especially as I am an AppAholic. If I hadn’t started using Process Tamer, I can see I would have rebooted my machine many more times! You do have to watch it though if you have consuming games. You may have to run it once and then tab out and set either ignore or force high priority. Equally the same for any other consuming app, like a media player.
It does have a GUI for the configurations if you wanted to see all that you had already set. You can use a slider to change the level of CPU a process must use before Process Tamer kicks in and says, “Hold up there mate, what do you think your doing? Set back down”… well that’s how I see it anyway. It has a few various other options, but they won’t really mean anything to you until you have already started using Process Tamer. I will say make sure you have a look at them before you get annoyed at something it’s doing. After all, settings are personal preference. One other bit I haven’t mentioned, it also keeps a very easily readable log file of all it does.
Conclusion : Light weight alternative to Process Lasso, works better than it as well. Easy to install and use, and just does the job. Stops processes from overusing CPU and yourself from overheating at the frustration of your computer appearing to freeze up. A real AppAholic must have. Easily worth the 3meg RAM it uses.