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AnVir Task Manager Free 9.2.3

Monitor and take complete control over all the processes running on your PC

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 12 January 2018
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Downloads To Date: 1052
Developer: AnVir Software
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AnVir Task Manager Free
Monitor and control everything running on your PC

AnVir Task Manager Free is an interesting task manager alternative.

Like similar tools, the program lists running applications, processes and services across several tabs. You're able to view more details about each process - loaded DLLs, files open, network connections used and more - and right-clicking gives options to set the process priority or affinity, close it down, search for the name on the web, and more.

This doesn't have the low-level power of programs like Process Hacker, but you do get other interesting extras. Like the ability to manage existing application windows in various ways (minimise them to the system tray, set transparency, make them "always on top", more), or view a "security rating" which tries to assess the danger of individual files (mostly inaccurate, but it gave us one or two worthwhile hints).

The "Log" tab is another plus, as it records interesting events like processes launched and closed, and windows created. Leave AnVir Task Manager Free running, switch back to the Log tab occasionally and you'll see important details on how your PC has been used recently.

The "Startup" tab lists your Windows startup programs, displays more information about each and allows them to be disabled or deleted. But again, there are unusual extras, including options to delay its startup or launch the program as an icon in your system tray.

AnVir Task Manager can also optionally extend your desktop windows with many of these management options. We right-clicked Notepad's title bar, for instance, and found items to set it "always on top", tweak and optionally save transparency, set and optionally save priority, minimise the app to the system tray, and more.

The $49.95 Pro version adds more monitoring (various temperatures, GPU load, network traffic, SSD remaining life, threads, handles, performance counters), extra security tools, persistent priority setting, technical support, and a license for commercial use.

What's new in v9 (see changelog for more)?

- Secutiry analysis of drivers.
- Security report for sharing on forums.
- New design of tray icons.
- Button in settings that forces tray icons to be always visible (disable auto-hide).
- Information for 64-bit processes: command line, memory usage, loaded modules. 
- Update of CPU temperature and hardware monitoring module.
- Update of startup programs database.
- Fixed some bugs.

Verdict:

While not quite as powerful as Process Hacker, this is still a very capable PC management tool that comes packed with interesting features

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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