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AnVir Task Manager Free

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AnVir Task Manager Free offers users a one-stop shop for managing your system's running processes and applications. Though it more than delivers the information it promises, it could really benefit from a more streamlined interface.

Users will need to spend some time taking in AnVir's user interface, because at first glance it's overwhelming. It uses tabs to distinguish system categories, such as start-up, applications, processes, and services. Command buttons at the top of the window give you the ability to kill processes, block processes, free memory, and select a parent process. The bottom of the window details CPU, memory, and disk usage, but it's cluttered and hard to read. Mousing over the two taskbar shortcuts to find the same information is a bit easier. Each tab displayed a thorough listing of system information, but the navigation was awkward. For example, when we tried to select one of the processes listed, the program was slow to recognize our selection. The information window, detailing the specific selection, disappeared from view too easily with mouse movements. You can even use it to double-check if a program is infected with a virus against the online database VirusTotal.

AnVir Task Manager Free does offer help through its Web site, but novices might still have trouble navigating the busy interface. The paid upgrade offers even more features, such as a virus scanner and a memory optimizer. Nevertheless, the free version is a MacGuyver-esque tool for managing your system processes, and is really aimed at power users.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.6 stars

    out of 35 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 5
  • Current version:

    4.3 stars

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 4.0 stars

    "For security, it's more useful than scanners."

    December 21, 2013  |   By LeeBonolo

    Version: AnVir Task Manager Free 7.5.2

    Pros

    It alerts you every time an item is added to start-up, and gives detailed information about start-up items and processes, so it's ideal for manually tracking and removing viruses.

    Cons

    As others have mentioned, it does recommend some suspicious looking programs during installation. Make sure to uncheck them and you won't have any problems with the program itself.

    Summary

    I install this on all my computers and would recommend it to everybody, especially if you like being informed and having control over your computer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This program is Free And Its Very Cool"

    March 25, 2013  |   By ComputerDude2

    Version: AnVir Task Manager Free 7.5.2

    Pros

    this is a great free program and is a great replacement for windows task manager

    Cons

    some functions are disabled until you pay for the full version/ watch out for the installer it will try to install junk ware that is Unnecessary and could be Dangerous for pc health

    Summary

    aside from it not having all functions it works well and i got it because windows task manager was becoming unresponsive and what do you use to close a program... windows task manager and well you really can't use the non funtional task manager to close it self so i got this program

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  • 4.0 stars

    "As Always, Use Care When Downloading !"

    March 7, 2013  |   By tonester59

    Version: AnVir Task Manager Free 7.5.2

    Pros

    This is an extremely useful app when properly installed. It has a huge array of features - far too many to go into here. (also, see my previous review.) I tend to think of it as a "security task manager", since it checks your startup, and gives you a level of control you normally wouldn't have.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, AnVir has partnered with some questionable companies that will try to download some real crap when installing the program. (as noted by the previous reviewer, a company's accounting dept. often has too big a say in how things are done.) Also, as also happened with my copy of Slim Cleaner, malware designed to disable security programs will sometimes disable or corrupt utility programs as well. This happened to my previous copy of AnVir TM.

    Summary

    This is not a program you can download on auto-pilot, but I like it a lot so here's what I did: first, I went to the company's website (www.anvir.com) and checked it for safety. I was able to download the program directly from their site, and I carefully unchecked each box offering crapware. The installer complied and installed the program without issue or any additional components. Just to be sure, I then scanned the individual files, followed by complete system scans with my anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. Everything came up clean as a whistle. I took my time, paid attention, and got the app I wanted without any additional problems. Like someone once wrote (and I paraphrase), at times the biggest threat to our computer safety is right between our ears.

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