Quick Tip: Did you know that the Google Chrome browser has a built-in task manager?

Google Chrome has a built-in task manager that will help you troubleshoot what tabs and extensions are causing issues. From the task manager, you can kill or end those processes that may assist you in troubleshooting what may be the culprit. Very, very seldom have I had to use the task manager, but is good to know it is there when things start slowing down.

You can quickly get to the task manager in Google Chrome by hitting the “Shift+Esc” keys together on your keyboard. You can also get to the task manager by accessing Chrome’s menu by clicking on the three dots at the top right corner of the browser, then “more tools”, then “task manager”.

CTRL + SHIFT + ESC Your Way To The Windows Task Manager

Most folks at home are not familiar with the Windows Task Manager and/or don’t want to know because the term “task manager” sounds like something that is above their level of comprehension. I encourage people to “at least” take a look at the task manager and know that it is there. Where it typically has helped me is when I have a program or task that is no longer responding and basically has a program locked up. With the Windows Task Manager, you can often stop or end the process (or program) that may be causing the issue so that your computer can safely recover.

The Windows Task Manager is a great troubleshooting tool… To open the Windows Task Manager there are many ways to get to it, but the most common methods that I use are:

  1. Hit “CTRL + SHIFT + ESC” on your keyboard
    OR
  2. “Right Mouse Click” the Windows Start Button (located at the bottom right corner of your screen) and click on “Task Manager” on the screen. This is the easiest method of the three that I am showing you
    OR
  3. “CTRL + ALT + DEL” on your keyboard. I call this option the nuclear option when my computer has completely locked up. When using this option you will see the “Task Manager” on the list, along with other options (such as shutdown and restart).

Again, be familiar with the “Windows Task Manager”. Use one of the options above to launch the “Task Manager” to at least familiarize yourself with it. Someday you may need it…

Learn What “LockApp.exe” is on Windows 10

“LockApp.exe” is one of those hidden tasks that you don’t initially see unless you run the Windows Task Manager. The Windows Club (follow the source link below) will educate you on “LockApp.exe” and will provide steps to disable it. When I see “exe’s” such as this running; especially with a name like “LockApp.exe” I become very skeptical as to what it is actuall for and whether or not it is not a malware payload.

Its an official application from Microsoft, and is part of the default lock screen app on Windows. It’s safe. It is usually located under Windows > SystemApps > Microsoft.LockApp_XXXXXX> LockApp.exe. It is possible that this could be doing a lot more than that including notifying you about an update when you unlock your PC.

Source: What is LockApp.exe on Windows 10

Geek Squeak (from Lifehacker): Using Google Chrome’s Task Manager

To view the processes running inside Google Chrome, select the options icon, hit More Tools, and select Task Manager. In your task manager window you’ll see every open tab along with every enabled extension, the amount of memory and CPU power each is using, and how much network data they’re sending or receiving. You’ll also spot secondary processes, like how much GPU power Chrome is using to keep everything running smooth… READ MORE

An Overview Of The AnVir Task Manager

I recently featured the AnVir Task Manager here on the blog and can’t say enough about its’ usefulness. If you are a tech or someone who assists other’s with their Windows based computers I highly recommend you download the portable version of this application. To explain everything that this program can do (and monitor) I have posted below a link to a tutorial video.  This program has many, many features and will even serve as a level of protection for your computer to protect you from malware and viruses. Anvir Task Manager goes over and above any task managers that I know of. 

CLICK HERE to see an extensive Overview Video 

AnVir Task Manager

 

In Windows 10 There is More To “Ctrl-Shift-Esc” Than Meets The Eye

“Ctrl-Shift-Esc” is the keyboard combination that will launch the Windows 10 Task Manager. You can also “right-mouse-click” on the Windows taskbar to invoke a menu where you can launch the Task Manager, as well. The Task Manager is especially useful if you need to kill a program that is negatively impacting your computer.  Most techies use the task manager solely for that purpose; however, there is a whole lot more to the Windows 10 Task Manager that is often overlooked. Digital Trends has posted a nice (quick read) run down and video of what other featured utilities are available in the Task Manager that you need to know about — READ MORE 

Windows 10 Task Manager

Get The Newest Version Of Anvir Task Manager Free

While browsing the web today, noticed that Anvir Task Manager FREE has been upgraded. What I love about this utility is that it is available in a portable version (for the tech toolbox), contains a comprehensive set of tools, and will actually provide a level of protection for your PC when any new application adds itself to startup. This is one heavy duty task manager that will definitely sway you from the task manager that ships with Windows. To get to the downloads section for the portable version of Anvir Task Manager FREE — CLICK HERE

AnVir Task Manager is a swiss knife

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