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Process Lasso 8.9.8.40

Prevent runaway processes from hogging valuable CPU time

by Mike Williams

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License: Free, for personal-use only
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Serbian
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 10 August 2016
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Downloads To Date: 4843
Developer: Bitsum Technologies
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Process Lasso
Take control of unruly processes

Most programs are polite, well-behaved, use only their share of system resources and so make the minimal impact on your PC. But others aren't quite so restrained. At a minimum, they might constantly use a low level of processor time, just enough to stop your laptop ever going to sleep. And at the worst, they'll hog just as much of your CPU's attention as they can get, bringing anything else you're running to a grinding halt.

You might think this is just the way things are, but Process Lasso is specially designed to offer an alternative. This interesting program runs in the background and tries to detect when unruly programs are slowing down your PC, then intelligently adjusts their priorities to ensure your system's responsiveness isn't affected.

If this sounds like it might be complicated, then you're right - the underlying technology really is. However the authors have gone to a great deal of trouble to hide it. You don't have to spend an age configuring complex options and settings before you can get started, just install the program and it'll work reasonably well on its own.

If you're a more experienced user, though, then exploring the menus will reveal all kinds of interesting features. You can give processes standard priorities, for instance, so important programs run at the best possible speeds. It's possible to limit the number of instances of some processes, or prevent others from running at all. And a useful Gaming Mode optimises your PC for full-screen games, while also temporarily placing your PC in the High Performance power scheme for an extra speed boost.

See the changelog for release information.

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A powerful tool to help Windows multitasking performance. Well worth a try

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