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What’s Really Running On Your PC? Find Out With Free What’s Running 3.0

Regular readers are going to start thinking that along with my addiction to wine, women, and song, I must be addicted to writing reviews on Windows Task Manager replacements and the like.

This review is a little different though, since I’ve written it with the casual computer users’ needs in mind, rather than the more experienced user I usually focus on.

If you are a new or a casual computer user, What’s Running is a free application that can help you easily find what’s actually running on your computer. It presents a number of views, in a tabbed format, and each one relates to what’s really running on your machine.

Helpful definitions:

Let’s start with processes; the most basic concept – every program you start, or is started by the operating system, is a process. In the process view you can see all the processes easily.

Services are background tasks – keep in mind that a process can contain many services.

The modules are actual files with code and other data, that a process needs. Each process contains at least one loaded module.

Drivers are small programs loaded by the system, to handle hardware and specific system tasks.

IP connections are connections that your computer needs to make in order to send and receive data from the Internet.

Click on a graphic to expand to original.

Process View:

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In the expanded view of this screen capture, you can readily see what’s running on the test machine. 52 Processes; 164 Services; 653 Modules; 48 IP Connections; 288 Drivers; and 6 Startups.

I’ve chosen to seek out more information on FWservice.exe by clicking on “Check info online, which returned the following from the developer’s site.

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Each class of running component can be viewed in detail, by accessing the tabbed interface. Control functions are built-in by accessing the “right click” context menu.

Services View:

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Modules View:

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Internet Connections View:

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Startup View:

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Drivers View:

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Snapshot View:

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Fast facts:

Processes – Inspect your processes and find all the relevant details that you need. Get performance and resource usage data such as memory usage, processor usage and handles. As well, you get details about what dll:s are loaded, what services are running within the process, and what IP connections each process has.

IP Connections – Find out information about all active IP connections in the system. Get a list of what remote connections each program has, and find out what applications are listening for connections.

Services – Inspect what services are running or stopped and  find the process for your services and inspect its properties easily.

Modules – Find information about all dll:s and exe:s in use in your system. For each module you can find all processes that have loaded the module. Also you can find the full path and immediately open the folder where the file is located.

Drivers – Find information about all drivers. For running drivers you can inspect the file version to find the supplier of the driver.

Startup – Manage all your startup programs. Disable, edit, delete, etc. Manage startup programs regardless of source (registry or Startup folder).

If you are a new or casual computer user, What’s Running is a terrific application that will help you become familiar with your computer; what drives it, and in an overall sense – how it works.

Once you become familiar with your machine, you can then start taking action, including stopping and starting processes and services, and preventing unwanted programs from running on startup.

Experienced users know, that applications such as What’s Running can be used as an aid in tracking down malware infections. As a new, or casual user, it won’t take long before you have the ability to do the same thing (if you become infected) – once you learn to harness the power of What’s Running.

System requirements: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7.

USB compatible: During the install process, you have the option of a minimum install to a Flash Drive.

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Download at: Developer’s site (whatsrunning.net)

Note: This application is classified as a Beta, but I’ve been running it for years (in one version or another – including this version), with no difficulties.

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Download Digital Defender – Pound Malware Before it Pounds You!

image It seems to me, that software developers have finally come to the realization, that an uncluttered and easy to work with user interface, is a primary consideration in a user’s evaluation of  an application.

The development team at Digital Defender have taken this to heart in producing a simple, intuitive, and easy to use interface to drive Digital Defender. This free application is straightforward to setup, customize and run, for both less experienced, and expert users alike.

As you can see, from the following screen capture, Digital Defender’s user interface is made up of four BIG principal push buttons.

On launching  Digital Defender for the first time, the application automatically updates its definition database. In the following screen capture, you can see that I snapped the screen shot as Digital Defender reached 21 % in downloading the definition database update.

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Selecting the Scan button brings up the Scan Menu, where you can choose any one of three jobs – Quick Scan; Full Scan; and Custom Scan.

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I ran a number of test Quick Scans to determine scanner speed relative to other AVs I’ve tested here, over the years. Digital Defender came out close to the top of the range – not quite the fastest, and certainly not the slowest. I should point out however, scanning speed is often given (by consumers), as the main reason for choosing one particular AV, over another.

But, the truth of the matter is, the AV’s ability to stop, or remove malware, should be the only criteria used when choosing an AV. If an AV can’t stop, or remove malware efficiently, who cares if it’s a speed demon.

Clicking on the Settings button provides access to a number of program options, where you can customize the application to suit your individual needs.

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Fast facts:

Easy to use – Digital Defender antivirus’ user interface was designed to be easy to use for both beginners and experienced users.

Incremental virus database update – Using the incremental update mechanism, the download time is reduced to a minimal level so we can release additional antivirus database packages several times a day.

Comprehensive protection – Digital Defender’s real-time protection provides comprehensive protection against malware.

Outstanding performance and effectiveness – the scanning engine has outstanding performance. The engine uses behavioral (heuristic) analysis to detect harmful programs.

Thanks to its platform and operating system independent scanning methods, it effectively scans for all known viruses, worms, Trojans, backdoors, scripts, macro viruses and other harmful code on any system.

Small memory footprint – A new patent pending design for memory usage, has made Digital Defender‘s antivirus’ memory footprint incredibly small. This means it can run just as well on netbooks.

Conclusion: If you’re looking for a small footprint AV application, which is very easy on system resources, and is capable of stopping malware efficiently and effectively, then Digital Defender deserves a very close look.

System requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7 – 32 bit and 64 bit compatible.

Multi-lingual support: Danish, Italian, English, French, Russian, Swedish and Ukrainian.

Download at: Digital Defender

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Look Under the Hood of Your PC with What’s Running

Regular readers are going to start thinking that along with my addiction to wine, women, and song, I must be addicted to writing reviews on Windows Task Manager replacements.

This review is a little different though, since I’ve written it with the casual computer users’ needs in mind, rather than the more experienced user I usually focus on. But, I promise, this will be the last one for some time.

If you are a new or a casual computer user, What’s Running is a free application that can help you easily find what is actually running on your computer. It presents a number of views, in a tabbed format, and each one relates to what’s really running on your machine.

Helpful definitions:

Let’s start with processes; the most basic concept – every program you start, or is started by the operating system, is a process. In the process view you can see all the processes easily.

Services are background tasks – keep in mind that a process can contain many services.

The modules are actual files with code and other data, that a process needs. Each process contains at least one loaded module.

Drivers are small programs loaded by the system, to handle hardware and specific system tasks.

IP connections are connections that your computer needs to make in order to send and receive data from the Internet.

Process View:

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Services View:

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Modules View:

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Internet Connections View:

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Startup View:

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Fast facts:

Processes – Inspect your processes and find all the relevant details that you need. Get performance and resource usage data such as memory usage, processor usage and handles. As well, you get details about what dll:s are loaded, what services are running within the process, and what IP connections each process has.

IP Connections – Find out information about all active IP connections in the system. Get a list of what remote connections each program has, and find out what applications are listening for connections.

Services – Inspect what services are running or stopped and  find the process for your services and inspect its properties easily.

Modules – Find information about all dll:s and exe:s in use in your system. For each module you can find all processes that have loaded the module. Also you can find the full path and immediately open the folder where the file is located.

Drivers – Find information about all drivers. For running drivers you can inspect the file version to find the supplier of the driver.

Startup – Manage all your startup programs. Disable, edit, delete, etc. Manage startup programs regardless of source (registry or Startup folder).

If you are a new or casual computer user, What’s Running is a terrific application that will help you become familiar with your computer; what drives it, and in an overall sense – how it works.

Once you become familiar with your machine, you can then start taking action, including stopping and starting processes and services, and preventing unwanted programs from running on startup.

Experienced users know, that applications such as What’s Running can be used as an aid in tracking down malware infections. As a new, or casual user, it won’t take long before you have the ability to do the same thing, once you learn to harness the power of What’s Running.

System requirements: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7

USB compatible: During the install process, you have the option of a minimum install to a Flash Drive.

Download at: Major Geeks

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