Process Tamer – Stop those processes taking all your CPU

2007-09-17_094958 Process Tamer Version Tested : 2.09.01
Compatibility : XP, 2000, NT

Description : Monitors and catches run away process that try to take all of your CPU. Set which apps you want to have loads of power, and those you wish to put on the back seat. Control them before they control you!

Lets face it, with all the mod con apps you have installed, chances are, you have maxed out your CPU before now and had to turn you machine of manually. (For those of you who are not sure, you can tell this happens when you computer appears to freeze/go very slowly, and makes loads of noise from the fan going really fast) Its just plain annoying and inconvenient, just when you were in a rush as well. So you have to restart your machine, and that just takes way too long. Then you wonder why you even bothered trying. Never fear, tame those blasted greedy processes!

Applications like CD/DVD writers tend to want to take control of the CPU to get the job done as fast as possible. Also, by their very nature, they take up a lot of processing power. Its very annoying when your working on multiple projects, and go to save something when your machine freezes, and you have no idea if its going to come back again. Well now, you needn’t wonder anymore, as process tamer will lower the priority of the offending process, and let you continue you work regardless.

Like in the ctrl alt del menu, you can see which processes are taking up the most CPU. Process Tamer has a nice option to only show those processes using above 1%. You may think this is slightly stupid, but you would be surprised how this narrows the list down to just a handful, compared to the 70 odd that I usually have running. This enables you to see what’s really snagging your precious processing power, and gives you options to control them.

I can’t stress how much this has help me, especially as I am an AppAholic. If I hadn’t started using Process Tamer, I can see I would have rebooted my machine many more times! You do have to watch it though if you have consuming games. You may have to run it once and then tab out and set either ignore or force high priority. Equally the same for any other consuming app, like a media player.

It does have a GUI for the configurations if you wanted to see all that you had already set. You can use a slider to change the level of CPU a process must use before Process Tamer kicks in and says, “Hold up there mate, what do you think your doing? Set back down”… well that’s how I see it anyway. It has a few various other options, but they won’t really mean anything to you until you have already started using Process Tamer. I will say make sure you have a look at them before you get annoyed at something it’s doing. After all, settings are personal preference. One other bit I haven’t mentioned, it also keeps a very easily readable log file of all it does.

Conclusion : Light weight alternative to Process Lasso, works better than it as well. Easy to install and use, and just does the job. Stops processes from overusing CPU and yourself from overheating at the frustration of your computer appearing to freeze up. A real AppAholic must have. Easily worth the 3meg RAM it uses.

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12 Responses to “Process Tamer – Stop those processes taking all your CPU”

  1. Process Tamer is indeed a pace maker, a gear opposed to automatic, lets you put cpu priorities where and when you want them. Easy, it’s not a cockpit, and efficient. Nice.

  2. It’s mostly worthless, really. If something is freezing my PC all the time I’d rather get a better alternative than ‘tame’ it. CD Writing applications use a chunk of your CPU for a reason viz: to prevent coasters.

  3. Mike C, although Im sure all of us would like to get a better alternative (like buying a better faster computer), but the fact is, so many people cant afford it. If you mean a better application, what if its a one of its kind? or just has a one off bug? or how about if sometimes you want it to use all the CPU, and sometimes you want to use your machine at the same time, and let it take a little longer?

    Although I agree with respect to the reason CD writing takes up lots of CPU, I think you rather missed the point. What if I was running a 30-40 min job, and I needed to cancel the burning fast? if your CPU is maxed out, it could take 5-10mins to respond.

    Even further, I think you have really missed the main point. The fact this this is really to stop those processes where something has gone horribly wrong. If your a beta tester, you would understand this very clearly. Also if your an AppAholic, chances are you will have many apps that havent been tested properly.
    Either way, this is an app you cant really refuse for the time it could save you. Especially with such low requirements.

    Its more about control rather than letting your machine do its own thing if and when it feels like it.

    Next time your processor max’s out, remember you could of saved yourself the wondering time and the boot time if you had used process tamer

  4. Sounds very useful. “Better alternatives” are not always available; Firefox, Opera and IE all hang. Process Tamer sounds like a better alternative to Windows Task Manager, however. Does it work with Vista?

  5. “Mike C, although Im sure all of us would like to get a better alternative (like buying a better faster computer)”

    Buying a new computer coz they’re running buggy software is for people who have more money than brains. A decent computer should do the job _if_ you use the right software and good software is usually worth paying for.

    “If you mean a better application, what if its a one of its kind? or just has a one off bug?”

    Lets talk facts. Can you give me an instance of one such software? I’ll try to think of a free/cheap alternative.

    “Or how about if sometimes you want it to use all the CPU, and sometimes you want to use your machine at the same time, and let it take a little longer?”

    A rare scenario but it would help there. But if every bit of CPU power counts I’d think thrice about running yet another app.

    “Although I agree with respect to the reason CD writing takes up lots of CPU, I think you rather missed the point. What if I was running a 30-40 min job, and I needed to cancel the burning fast? if your CPU is maxed out, it could take 5-10mins to respond.”

    By cancel do you mean ‘abort’? Well a ctrl-alt-delete or a good process manager would take care of that. If you’re talking about lowering the priority of your CD Writing software I’m afraid it’s not me but you who are missing the point.

    “The fact this this is really to stop those processes where something has gone horribly wrong. If your a beta tester, you would understand this very clearly. Also if your an AppAholic, chances are you will have many apps that havent been tested properly.”

    Wow! – as a “beta tester” and an “appaholic” it’s shocking that you haven’t heard of CTRL-ALT-DEL, or something even better called Process Explorer to end an app gone horribly wrong, you don’t need elaborate 3rd party software to do that! I don’t quite think I’m the one missing the point :)

    Next time your processor max’s out, remember you could of saved yourself the wondering time and the boot time if you had used process tamer

    It doesn’t, not over the long run anyway. If something maxes my CPU out I ask myself if it’s worth it, in 99% of the cases it’s not. 1% of the time that it is, the app deserves to get all the power it asks for and it’s best not to mess with it.

  6. if you would have read the previous comment just before yours, you would have seen such an example. and as for buying a computer, i was not talking about with regards to buggy software, i mean as in as much that your processor is rather rubbish to start with, and you cant run many apps at the same time.
    im not going to reply to all the parts of your comment, as this would be rather pointless. it dosent look like were going to agree. i see some of what your saying, but fact is that windows ctrl alt del menu can sometimes take up to 10mins plus to come up if your cpu does max out. process tamer is a process explorer, and its by no means elaborate. believe me, its simplicity out does many other process explorers on the web.
    you dont like it, then fair enough. lots of people do, and it works for many thousands of people already who love it and couldnt work without it.

    have you actually tried this app? another bonus which i didnt mention in the review is a neat setting which enables higher priority on apps that are at the front and being used, while lowering others behind it. for those with crap processors, this is like a god send.

    i do agree when you say “A decent computer should do the job _if_ you use the right software and good software is usually worth paying for”, but as you said, there is likely to always be a good, free alternative which wont make the blind bit of difference the majority of people. after all, thats what this site is devoted to!

  7. I have tries PT and fopund it quite useless or I wouldn’t have commented on it.
    My PC is a year old – I run several apps simultaneously but I’ve picked and chosen them carefully over months & years. My PC does not lag.
    Process Explorer is by no means “simple” – it even lets you set process priority, if you’re testing an app that’s consuming more resources than you’d care to give it you can set it straight and exit PE. PT does this in real time which means if you want to use it as it’s intended to it’s _constantly_ monitoring the CPU usage for each app – that does consume some resources in a resource critical environment. The only way PT could realistically help you is if you got an extremely resource hungry app freezing your system up. If you simply can’t get rid of that app, it would be time to think about an upgrade or getting rid of it. I dumped Copernic Desktop Search for example coz it was just not worth the resources it used. I could have “tamed” it but that would have been like putting your finger in to plug a leak, I’d rather repair it for good. Anything equal to or better than a P4 + 1GB RAM should let you run several necessary apps simultaneously without any fuss whatsoever. If you’re running something like a game you’ll get a far better performance by shutting off other apps rather than taming them. You won’t have a tamer running in the background either, monitoring each apps CPU usage.

    I agree it helping with a crap CPU bit, but how many people have those these days?

  8. umm yeh i see your point. you can however auto set games to have higher priority! naturally you would shut off loads of other apps b4 u play a game, but even so, it does help a bit. i have P$ but less than 1GB of ram, but it rarely uses any more than 80%.
    Ok so you really dont like PT. I’m sure lots of people dont like other apps I review. If you like 10 other apps I have reviewed, then I say 9 out of 10 isn’t half bad

  9. I don’t understand arguments pleading for nonsense of CPU controlled by user. I would if it weren’t Windows itself allowing a per-application priority handling, I could if it weren’t some applications themselves proposing to the user to define their priority. The purpose of Process Tamer is a logical issue in providing an automated approach to a built-in philosophy : discuss the philosophy, not the mean! Moreover, Process Tamer keeps an eye in order to avoid power conflicts, and that is no philosophy, but the allegory of a fan : keep things cool, and that is not always properly handled by the OS, unless one rides one app at a time!

  10. NOW NOW CHILDREN, PLAY NICE

  11. lol. I think i will bring back the forum at some point. Mike C, no hard feelins? all gd fun yeh? dnt wanna seem like a big argument. hate them!

  12. Well it’s all about personal preferences I guess ;-) .
    I personally like Process Tamer, though I only use an older version which doesn’t have all those settings. It just stopped the computer from freezing. It didn’t tame anything unless it had to. So for example, your cd-burning job would go still at maximum capacity. But you could still get the taskmanager up if something went wrong. And freeze-ups don’t just happen with bad apps. It could be triggered by Windows itself, or if you are browsing the net for example.
    That’s something I don’t think is useless in Windows! It should have come standard methinks.

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