ZIFFPAGE TITLEWhat Does TaskPower Monitor

By Robyn Peterson  |  Posted 2003-08-05 Print this article Print

?"> What Does TaskPower Monitor?

Windows runs four basic types of processes, and TaskPower keeps an eye on them all.

  • Applications are the programs, such as Microsoft Outlook and Internet Explorer, that you work with directly. Generally, you have to launch this type of process manually by, for example, double-clicking on the applications icon or selecting the program from the Start menu. Killing an application usually has no ill effects, but when possible, ending the program via its normal procedure (often accomplished by selecting Close or Exit from the File menu) is a better idea.
  • Tasks are processes that carry out a programs chores. When a program starts, the operating system launches one or more tasks. TaskPower helps you identify unproductive ones so you can Kill them on the spot.
  • Services are the programs that make up the operating system and provide its capabilities, from file management to command interpretation to process management. As such, many basic services an OS runs do not vary from user to user. Some services may be unnecessary and even pose security risks, though. These you can—and should—stop.
  • Drivers help the computer control the various devices attached to it such as monitors, hard drives, and the like. Unless you are positive that shutting down a driver will not adversely affect your system, doing so is not a good idea.

Robyn Peterson

Robyn Peterson, Vice President of Product Management and CTO for Ziff Davis Media, oversees PCMag.com, GearLog.com, SmartDeviceCentral.com, TechnoRide.com, and the other consumer-oriented Ziff Davis Media websites. He also covers multiple content areas, including but not limited to consumer electronics, car techonology, software and development, and networking. Robyn is also the host of the PCMag Radio podcast (subscribe in iTunes).

Robyn has appeared on CNN, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, CBS, Fox, Fox News and the WB network representing PC Magazine, GearLog.com, and ExtremeTech. His writing appears on ABCNews.com and Yahoo in addition to PC Magazine, eWEEK, CGW, and ExtremeTech. He has also won the Chairman's Circle 2001 Award for outstanding editorial contributions to Ziff Davis Media (parent company of ExtremeTech and PC Magazine).

Robyn has a masters of science in computer science from New York University (NYU).

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