Windows Task Manager, better known today as Task Manager, is a system program for Windows, which provides detailed information about everything related to the computer’s operation. With it, we can see data on the use of computer resources and detailed statistics for all processes.
Processes are all applications and background programs currently running on your computer, and the process is the name for one of these programs. This means that if any program is running in Windows, its name will appear here. You can manage running processes from the Task Manager, such as shutting them down or setting them to run when Windows start.
If you have a virus, its name will also appear here. Of course, that name will not be Virus.exe, but something you will not suspect. However, the virus can be recognized by looking at the statistics of the process, where you can notice unusual behavior, such as high Internet usage, even when you are not doing anything on the computer. Then you can check the name of the process online and see if it is a virus or malware. There are websites, such as Virus Total, where you can check the name of each process. When you know that a process is a virus, you can often delete it manually without using an antivirus program.
As we can see, Task Manager is a very important and useful program. However, there are alternatives, which by their functions and design, expand the functionalities and make it easier to use and navigate.
We present to you the top three best free alternatives for Task Manager. We have selected the best ones for beginners, middle and advanced users.
The first program on our list comes from SysInternals, a company that Microsoft acquired, so their Task Manager replacement is officially supported by them. It is Process Explorer, a free program for Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10. The best way to describe this program is Task Manager on steroids.
When you use Process Explorer, you will get detailed information about each process. This information includes the usage history for the processor, RAM, hard disk and internet network, processor cycles, process timeline, etc.
The two things we liked most about Process Explorer were the ability to scan each process using Virus Total and the phenomenal organization and display of the data.
Virus Total is a website where you can scan any file and check for viruses using over 70 antivirus programs, completely free of charge. The ability to check the process in just a few clicks directly from the program is a great option and can save you a lot of time.
One of the main criticisms of Windows Task Manager is the difficulty of navigating when reviewing processes. The data is organized in a list and can only be sorted by columns. The main problem is that one program can run multiple processes with different names, so it is not apparent what processes belong to one program.
In Process Explorer, the data is well organized and easy to navigate. The user interface seems outdated, but it is clear and very functional. You will have to dig through the menus for some options, but considering all the functions offered by this program, this is understandable.
Process Explorer is one of the best replacements for Task Manager. We recommend it to advanced users because a large number of options it has will not be needed for beginners.
To download Process Explorer, click HERE.
Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10
If you are looking for a simple alternative to Task Manager that is easy to use and suitable for beginners, then Daphne is for you. This is a free program for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10. Although the user interface looks outdated, it works perfectly and finishes the job.
Because it is a simple program intended for beginners, Daphne has much fewer options than the Process Explorer. However, it has all the functions we expect from a task manager, such as shutting down and restarting a process, the ability to search for suspicious processes, adjusting the affinity and priority of processes, and so on.
One function that is very often used in Task Manager is shutting down the process. Beginners are often unsure whether the process is safe to shut down. Daphne helps us here because it gives us four options for the shutdown process. You can shut down the process “normally”, only if it is safe to shut it down (this is a great option for beginners), schedule it to shut down at a specific time, and set a trap.
Setting a trap is especially interesting. The trap is set by specifying the conditions, which when a process satisfies, it is automatically shut down. You can, for example, set a rule to shut down any process that takes up over 80% of the processing power, and when that happens, the process will be terminated.
To download Daphne, click HERE.
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10
Right from the start, we will admit, System Explorer is, in our opinion, the best free option for most users, and it runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10. First of all, the user interface looks modern and beautiful. The organization of the process is like in Process Explorer, which we really liked. It has all the functions that we expect from this kind of program, but it also has several advanced features.
There is an option to scan all processes to see if you have any potentially unwanted programs. You can open detailed statistics for each process, and the History tab is especially interesting.
System Explorer is the best option for most users. All of the most used functions are in the foreground and well organized. Insight into process statistics will provide enough data for even more demanding users, although the most demanding ones might want to checkout Process Explorer.
To download System Explorer, click HERE.
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10