However well specced your computer may be, you will undoubtedly find that it gradually slows down over time or starts to perform erratically. It is likely that this comes as a result of running out of system resources and it can be very helpful to keep an eye on just want is using up your memory and processor time.
Windows includes the Task Manager which can be used to check which programs and processes are running as well as seeing how much memory they are using up. Kiwi Application Monitor is a more advanced alternative that provides you with a far greater level of detail and additional options.
You can download a free copy of Kiwi Application Monitor by paying a visit to the program web site and clicking the name of the application. Click the Download link at the top of the page followed by the green Download button. Save the .msi file to the folder of your choosing and then run through the installation process in the usual way.
When you reach the end of the installer, tick the box labelled Launch Kiwi Application Monitor before clicking Finish. The program window that appears start by providing you with a selection of information about your computer – such as the speed of your processor, the amount of memory you have installed and the amount of video RAM you have; all of this is displayed in a panel to the right of the program.
You can view additional information about your system by clicking the drop down menu above the right hand panel. Select User activity and you can see how long the current session has been active as well as less useful statistics such as how far the mouse has moved. Select the Windows run time option and you will see not only how long Windows has been running for, but also how much memory is currently being used.
You can start to check how your system resources are being used by clicking the Tools button and then selecting the Process explorer option from the menu that appears. You will then see a window that list all of the processes that are currently running along with the applications they are associated with.
The final four columns reveal just how much memory each is using, the maximum amount of memory they have used, how much processor time they are using and how long they have been running.
You can free up memory and other resources by clicking an entry in the list and then clicking the Terminate button to kill the process, and if you find that the list is too lengthy to work through manually, you can filter processes by entering keywords in the search box to the bottom of the window.
You can find out more about an individual process by selecting it from the list and clicking the Info button. As well as additional details, you can also use the Priority class drop down menu to assign extra resources to a particular process to help improve its performance.
Services And Startup
From the Tools menu you can also access a list of running background service – just select the Service explorer option. As with processes you can stop any services you would prefer were not running and to help improve start times you can select the Windows startup processes option to take control of Startup apps. Anything you think you can live without can be removed by selecting an item and clicking Remove.
Individual Monitoring Options
All of this is useful, but where Kiwi Application Monitor really comes into its own is in its ability to monitor individual programs and generate alerts. Back at the main screen, click the Add button and then enter the name of the executable associated with a program you would like to keep an eye on – such as chrome for the Chrome browser; you can also click the Browse button to select an executable or Process explorer to select something that is currently running.
In the Basic rules section beneath, you can then specify the conditions you would like to watch out for. For example, you may want to be alerted when a particular program starts to use too much memory. For the purposes of this example, we’d like to be alerted when Chrome starts to use 1GB of memory and we’ve selected the relevant option in the left hand side of the dialog.
To prevent Chrome from taking up too much memory, we’d also like to shut it down if memory usage starts to creep up even higher. To this end, we’ve selected the Close it after its memory load exceeds option to the right. There are various other options you might want to configure as well or instead, and when you’re happy with what you have done, be sure to click the Add button at the bottom of the window.
It is not necessary to opt to have alerts or actions associated with a process you are monitoring, you can just add it to the list to start gathering statistics about it. When you have added one or more processes to the list, click the Statistics button and select the Compare option. The dialog that loads can be used to display graphs that show how different processes have used memory and the processor over time.
Whether you are trying to diagnose problems with your computer or you’re just interested in what’s happening in the background when you use your computer, Kiwi Application Monitor reveal data you might otherwise be completely unaware of and places you firmly in control of what is happening.
Kiwi application monitor is a small program which lets you monitor your applications/processes, Windows and User activity. It's freeware and without any spyware or adware. All you need to do is select an application or proccess from the build-in process viewer or enter an application's executable name.
- Kiwi Application Monitor |
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