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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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    3.6 stars

    out of 158 votes

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

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    • 4 star: 3
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  • 4.0 stars

    "A nice easy program even for a beginner"

    June 13, 2011  |   By zombiasnow

    Version: Security Task Manager 1.8

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    no complaints from me

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  • 4.0 stars

    "so far so good"

    April 17, 2011  |   By unklray123

    Version: Security Task Manager 1.8

    Pros

    easy download and install. didn't cause any problems

    Cons

    none so far

    Summary

    they say it lets your computer run faster because it integrates with windows better. I can't tell any difference between it and Avast.
    I trust Avast more.
    I do know Norton's is a big hog and I won't use it.
    I have 5 computers and I have it on one. we shall see.

    Updated on Apr 17, 2011

    I have to wonder why it is so highly rated after reading some of the other reviews.
    I haven't had to pay for it, I have had it 2 months.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't bother, dificult to remove from you're machine"

    April 15, 2011  |   By chiefchem2

    Version: Security Task Manager 1.8

    Pros

    Loads easily

    Cons

    Information provided is not useful, almost impossible to remove from your computer

    Summary

    Skip it

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  • 1.0 stars

    "didn't see what editors raved about."

    April 13, 2011  |   By nan0mann

    Version: Security Task Manager 1.8

    Pros

    I could find none.

    Cons

    Trial versions demonstrated nothing.

    Summary

    Trial resembles too many of the bait and crap web sites free analysis. The free part is readily done by any number of reliable freeware applications. There is the problems bait without any details or nature of even one.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It's free, oh wait you have to pay for it."

    April 13, 2011  |   By wavie

    Version: Security Task Manager 1.8

    Pros

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    Cons

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    Summary

    don't like deceit.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Limited use since its a Trial Tool"

    April 8, 2011  |   By Macron

    Version: Security Task Manager 1.8

    Pros

    Runs fine and scans and presents as indicated. Many legitimate processes are flagged all be it not a high risk.

    You still have to determine which is not wanted and really a risk or threat.

    Cons

    It's a limited time trial tool!
    It requires more than normal knowledge of processes.
    It's not something I would use often. I'd use one of the other tools which are not a trial. Sysinternals has one as well.

    Summary

    Interesting and does what is says. I tested on a Windows 7 32bit system.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Process explorer for novices and experts"

    April 8, 2011  |   By Furner

    Version: Security Task Manager 1.8

    Pros

    Easy to understand, whats running on the pc

    Cons

    Check manually if a process is Malware or just a CPU/Memory-consuming process

    Summary

    Sysinternals Process explorer is for experts, and Security Task Manager is for the rest of us.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Waste of time"

    April 6, 2011  |   By Alan Mintaka

    Version: Security Task Manager 1.8

    Pros

    Easy to uninstall

    Cons

    Identified a dozen false positives

    Summary

    All of the potentially dangerous processes ID'd by this program were false positives. Because you still have to look at a list of running processes and do your own research on which ones might be dangerous, this program is no better than Windows Task Manager or Process Explorer when it comes to flagging dangerous processes. In fact it's not nearly as good as Process Explorer, which displays a lot more information about running processes. So what's the point of Security Task Manager? Nothing Is it a waste of time to install, evaluate, and uninstall? Yes.

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