The best 5 free alternatives to the Task Manager in Windows

The Task Manager app from Windows is a very important feature of this operating system, and nearly everyone has used it on their Windows devices and computers. We also think that the most frequent use of this tool is to close apps that no longer respond. Besides that, the Task Manager gives you a perspective of the resources available on your devices, how they are used, the performance of your Windows device and so on. If you get bored with the default Task Manager and you want to use an alternative that meets your needs in a better way, read this roundup and discover the best alternatives:

1. Process Explorer

Process Explorer is a tool develo ped by the Microsoft Windows Sysinternals team, and it is a good alternative to the Task Manager. As you can see in the screenshot below, the currently active processes are organised in a tree-like view which helps you understand who started each running process and app. The program also gives you information about resource consumption and plenty of details about each running task. Besides that, Process Explorer provides a powerful search engine that helps you quickly find the process of a specific app or program that runs on your Windows device. In order to use this feature, right click or press and hold the target icon next to binocular icon and place it on the window of the program that you are interested in. When you go back to Process Explorer , you'll see selected the process that opened that window.

Download page: Process Explorer

2. Process Hacker

Process Hacker is another free tool that monitors processes and task. It offers almost the same features as Process Explorer. As in Process Explorer , the processes that are currently running on your computer are displayed in tree-like view that can be customized. Process Hacker allows you to find handles and DLLs , to view and close network connections and to control services that are not listed in the standard services panel.

Download page: Process Hacker

3. System Explorer

System Explorer is free program that works well on each version of Windows. It provides all the common tools like managing the programs that automatically run when Windows starts, exploring system add-ons, drivers and services. In addition, you can perform a security scan in order to determine which processes are safe or harmful.

Download page: System Explorer

4. Daphne

Daphne is killer of running processes. This program allows you to shut down running tasks in four different ways : you can kill them right now or at specific time, in two ways: normally or "politely". If you choose to stop a process "politely", you should keep in mind that if a process has something important to do, it will not close. For the cases when it's hard to match up a program with its running process, Daphne , like Process Explorer , offers a useful tool called Find. Unlike Process Explorer , you can use this feature also to kill a task, by dragging the target on its window.

Another feature provided by Daphne is called Traps. Using this tool you can create a trap for a process. A trap is a pre-specified set of rules that will be applied to a specific task when it appears. This feature is very useful when you have a process that consumes many resources when it starts, and you cannot kill it.

Download page: Daphne

5. WinUtilities Process Security

WinUtilities Process Security is another tool for tracking and manipulating processes and services that are running on your computer, based on their security level. It tells you whether the task is trustworthy or not, so you can put it in quarantine, if it is unsafe. It also has a feature that allows you to find details about a process on the Internet and the user interface is also friendlier compared to the others programs in this list. WinUtilities Process Security is especially useful when you suspect that your Windows computer is infected by a form of malware.

Download page: WinUtilities Process Security


These are some of best applications that can replace the default Task Manager in Windows. We recommend that you try th em all and keep the one you prefer using. After you decide on the program that you want to keep, please share with us your favorite alternative to the Task Manager , using the comments form below.