I read a very interesting comment from Roman Sharp in my article that explained how to automatically terminate hung applications in Windows XP. He recommended the software Process Lasso and guess what, it was a great recommendation.
Process Lasso can probably be described as a application that manages processes. This is however not a task manager replacement but a software that can be configured to automatically react in certain situations.
Those situations include processes that slow down the system by using way more cpu cycles to bring other applications and the system to a standstill or processes that are run in a higher priority when detected.
So, to keep it short. Process Lasso can be either run as a service in Windows or as a background task consuming only a low amount of resources handling processes that either use to much cpu cycles or those that you want to prioritize.
It can also stop any process that you select automatically from that time on. Another useful feature is that it logs all processes that are running on the system making it easy to identify any processes that could be harmful.
Process Lasso is NOT yet another task manager. It is a process priority optimization, CPU affinity optimization, and system automation utility. Priority optimization, affinity optimization, core optimization, automated rules, automated power schemes, you name it and Process Lasso has it. Although most consider Lasso the ultimate process priority optimizer, it does so much more!
Update: Process Lasso is available as a free and pro version. The Free version is limited in some regards, but the majority of core tasks are included. It does not offer cpu throttling, the automatic gaming mode, the process watchdog, or instance count limits. It does support the gaming mode (but not automatic), default cpu priorities, default priorities and a lot more.
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