AnVir Task Manager controls everything running on the computer; it helps to enhance and accelerate Windows as well as remove viruses. Here you see the main window, which has five tabs: startup, applications, processes, services, and log. The startup window shows programs that run when Windows loads. AnVir Task Manager notifies the user when any program tries to add itself to Windows startup. The processes window replaces Windows Task Manager, providing full information on the running processes. The services window helps manage services. You can open the detailed information panel. Tweaker helps tweak Windows. AnVir Task Manager places icons that monitor the processor, disk, memory, network, and notebook battery in the system tray. It also adds useful commands to the standard window menu, which is accessible in each program by right clicking. For example, you can hide any window to the tray. AnVir Task Manager adds the list of recently used folders to "Open file" and "Save file" dialogs. Now let's see a more detailed review of the program.
The startup window shows programs that run when Windows loads.
Services and Internet Explorer toolbars. Recently added programs.
Remove the program from Windows startup. Stop the process and add the program to the startup guard list. From now on, this program will be removed from startup when it tries to run on Windows startup.
Add the program to the delayed startup. Programs in the delayed startup list are loaded one minute after Windows startup. This allows you to begin using the computer without waiting for Windows to load all startup applications.
The startup window helps detect viruses and spyware. If you see a suspicious program, open the detailed information panel. Here you can see the description of the program from the knowledge base and the security analysis of the program.
You can send the suspicious program to virustotal.com, where antivirus engines check the program.
The processes window replaces Windows Task Manager. It shows full information on the running processes as well as security analysis for each process. It also helps detect viruses and spyware.
Startup. Disk usage. You can see which process loads a disk. Network usage: amount of traffic and download speed. An icon in the system tray, created by the process. Full path to the file.
Other columns. The detailed information panel shows the security analysis. Loaded dlls.
Files used by the process. Network connections of the selected process and of all processes.
Performance graphs. Installed drivers.
Services are the programs that run in the background. You can see full information on the services.
You can stop or start a service, change its start type, and check it at virustotal.com.
For services, you can see information from the knowledge base and the security analysis. For Windows services, you can see default and recommended start types.
The log shows the start and termination of processes.
Removal of viruses and control of Windows startup
Now I will intentionally infect the computer with a virus.
AnVir Task Manager monitors startup and notifies me when a virus tries to infect the computer.
The virus has registered two files; AnVir Task Manager notes both.
Opening the main window, we can see the detailed security analysis for each file. Suspicious files are marked in red. We can see that the first file is found in the knowledge base of dangerous programs. The file has settled in the system folder, which creates serious suspicion. The file contains no company name, which is characteristic of viruses. We can see the name of the virus in the second file. The file has created two visible icons in the system tray which reduces the security risk. Now I'll cure the infected computer. Remove a key from startup. This program should be deleted automatically. Terminate the process of the virus and remove virus file.
The computer is cured!
Startup guard automatically deletes unnecessary or harmful programs from the startup.
AnVir Task Manager places a few icons on the system tray. Loading of each processor. Processes that use a processor the most. Loading and temperature of disks. Processes that load disks.
A network icon. Upload and download speed.
Memory usage. Processes that use the most memory.
System menu extensions
AnVir Task Manager adds useful commands to standard window menu, which is accessible in each program by right clicking. Pin any window on top. Hide any window in the system tray and save place on the taskbar. Restore it from the tray. Create a floating icon for any window.
Change transparency. Change the priority of a process. Save the priority. From now on, each time the process starts, its priority is automatically changed. Set the standard size of a window.
Extension of "Open file" and "Save file" dialogs
AnVir Task Manager adds a list of recently used folders to the "Open file" and "Save file" dialogs, helping users access the necessary folders. Add this folder to favorites.
Tweaker is a program for tweaking Windows. Tweaker sets up both standard and hidden parameters of Windows. There are more than hundred parameters.
Vista icons on Windows XP
On Windows XP, AnVir Task Manager shows a drive's free space using a colored horizontal bar in Windows "My Computer."
Balancing processor utilization
AnVir Task Manager lowers the priority of background processes when they completely load the processor. Here I am starting a long calculation process. The calculator completely loads the processor. AnVir Task Manager sets a low priority for the process. When I finish the calculation, the priority is returned to the normal level.
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