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Security Task Manager

CNET Editors' review

This handy utility enhances the functionality of Windows' Task Manager by warning you about potential system threats.

Upon launch, Security Task Manager automatically scans your PC to find all running programs. It then displays information about each application in a sortable list, including name, CPU usage, size, manufacturer, and risk factor. Highlighting each entry gives you more detailed data on running processes, including a description of what it does and how much of a threat it poses to your system. If Security Task Manager finds a potentially malevolent program, you can remove or quarantine it.

Especially handy is the feature that automatically searches Google for information about a specific program with a single click. Though it doesn't offer a wide range of features, this program will be useful to those looking for an extra layer of system protection.

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  • All versions:

    3.6 stars

    out of 158 votes

    • 5 star: 59
    • 4 star: 47
    • 3 star: 15
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 30
  • Current version:

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    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 0
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    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Powerful"

    January 26, 2005  |  

    Version: Security Task Manager 1.6c

    Summary

    I had a virus which could not be removed or quarantined by Norton, AdAware, Spybot, etc. Nor could I kill the process manually. This product, which installs and runs very quickly, is able to identify and link the process with the files - it stopped the process and quarantined the file. It didn't even need to do a scan of the disk like anti-virus software since it is more oriented to the processes, so it was very quick.
    You need to exercise some caution using it as that kind of ability could cause problems if you got rid of something you shouldn't.

    I haven't really even looked at what else it can do, but this ability to provide such detailed info and linkages about running processes should be invaluable in eliminating malicious or unneeded processes, improving both security and efficiency. Seems well priced at only $29.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A super-detailed, upgraded version of the Windows Task Manager"

    December 30, 2004  |  

    Version: Security Task Manager 1.6c

    Summary

    I was so impressed with the trial version that I purchased the complete retail within 30 minutes of downloading/installing the program. The greatest feature that impressed me the most is the level of thoroughness and detail that this program has to offer concerning all the processes that are running/have been running on my system. It doesn't just find display processes that aren't normally easy to find -- it also displays the file path, title, and originating manufacturer product. And in addition to a separate detailed look at each individual process/program, it also offers the ability to search about it via Google.com for more information. It would be redundent for me to list any more functions/ benefits this program has to offer. It doesn't even need to install, which lessens the chance of pesky hidden AdWare that is usually bundled with programs liek this. Just unzip the file, and run from the unzipped directory. Download the trial version today to see for yourself!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Product!!!"

    December 27, 2004  |  

    Version: Security Task Manager 1.6c

    Summary

    It did a wonderful job of clearing all those pesky programs that are running but you have no idea why. Lets you know what to get rid of or to be scared of.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "tool locates tasks others cannot"

    December 5, 2004  |  

    Version: Security Task Manager 1.6c

    Summary

    A coworker's system (XP home) was infected with everything under the sun. By rights, I should have just wiped and reinstalled, but it's interesting to me to know how to eradicate pests, so I spent time on it. I wound up with one ineradicable DLL, mad.dll, a piece of the TV Media malware. It wasn't launching a visible process, but even in safe mode, it could not be removed from the registry. It detected removal and reloaded itself at once. I wound up needing to unload it by booting the box from another live system. I might have been able to do the same with work on the key's permissions, though.

    However, of all the tools I ran - AdAware, Spybot S & D, the command line Sophos scanner - only STM could even tell me that this dll was loading and persisting. I've just grabbed a copy to add to my work toolkit as well.

    (Of the tools, I think their effectiveness would be ranked:
    Sophos CLI in safe mode;
    STM;
    Ad-Aware;
    Spybot.)

    You sort of have to start with an aggressive tool to hose the worst offenders off the OS, then you can start looking for the remaining cruft.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Mr Freeze"

    November 30, 2004  |  

    Version: Security Task Manager 1.6c

    Summary

    Just plain freezes up everytime I would attempt to run it.
    Looks very good until it freezes !!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "!6bit Application not for 32bit OS"

    November 14, 2004  |  

    Version: Security Task Manager 1.6c

    Summary

    I downloaded this app. and was told that the app. would not open .It could just be my own action and maybe it will work for you...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Program"

    October 25, 2004  |   By aznballa161

    Version: Security Task Manager 1.6c

    Summary

    Its a great program for everyone who wants their computer to be clean and fast. It will find out the programs that are dangerous to your computer and gives you the option to remove it!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I love it."

    September 21, 2004  |  

    Version: Security Task Manager 1.6c

    Summary

    I love it.

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