An activity monitor is a software program that can be used to record PC activity. This often includes recording the programs and processes that run on the system but is not limited to that.
The Windows Activity Monitor installs itself as a system service in the Windows operating system. The service will automatically record PC activity and generate reports that you can display with a web browser.
Access to these information is available from the same computer system but also remotely which can be very helpful for parents to monitor the PC usage of their children or for system and network administrators.
The PC activity monitor is configured over the web interface as well. Here it is possible to activate remote access, change the listening port, data retention and password protection.
The reports are divided into tabs for easier access. Each report can be configured to show the activity on a specific range of days and by user to filter the results more effectively.
The statistics tab displays the last activity on the monitored computer system as well as the general use of applications in a pie chart.
The timesheet tab on the other hand lists when applications where used on the computer system. Groups are helpful to add multiple applications to a single group, e.g. Internet programs or Office programs to get a better overview without having to calculate those manually.
The last tab lists the running processes since Activity Monitor was started on the computer. This usually means that no processes are listed right after installation.
The process list will however be filled with processes as the service (called wam in the service configuration) is configured to automatically start with Windows.
Windows Activity Monitor can be downloaded from the developer's website.
Update: Wamon has not been updated for more than two years, and it seems that the developer has put development on hold. That does not mean that the program is not working properly anymore. You can still use it but should not expect that updates get released for it.Advertisement
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