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Free CPU Usage Monitor Downloads

Darren Molde, Editor / Informer Technologies, Inc. / October 03, 2012

These free applications are very useful because they show how much of the CPU resources are being used by the programs installed on a computer in real time. A high CPU usage can be generated by the programs that are being run in the background, but also by a computer virus. Knowing that will help to get rid of the problem.

Download solution synonyms: Free CPU Usage Graph Monitor, Monitor CPU Usage, CPU Usage Software, Manage CPU Usage, How to Read CPU Usage

These programs can help you with what you're intending to do:

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CPU-Z
CPU-Z
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(271 votes)
Freeware

CPU-Z is a free application developed to provide us with exhaustive information about our computer's inner works: processor, operating system, CPU, BIOS, graphic interface, memory, and so on. The program's interface is divided into seven tabs, each one giving comprehensive information on one particular item: CPU, caches, mainboard, memory, SPD, graphics, and program information.

Pros:
  • Free.
  • Reliable enough to suit developers, technicians, etc.
Cons:
  • The Ask bar installation box is checked by default.
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Speccy by Piriform Ltd.
Speccy by Piriform Ltd.
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(174 votes)
Freeware

Every time you wish to download and install an application, on the homepage of the product you will find a list containing the system requirements which are necessary for the proper running of the installed program. An easy way to find out if your computer meets these requirements is provided by Speccy, a useful system utility that offers you all the information you need.

Pros:
  • Easy-to-use interface.
  • Built-in search engine.
  • Detailed information regarding your PC's specification.
  • Available in many languages.
Cons:
  • You can only export the taken snapshots to Speccy format.
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CPUMon
CPUMon
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Freeware

CPUMon is a CPU monitoring application for Windows users. The application is rather simple and has no other purpose than monitoring your processor. However, it is nice to keep an eye on the most important component in your computer. The application features a lot of displaying options, which all display the same, but fit your needs.

Pros:
  • Monitors your CPU.
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Big Meter Pro
Big Meter Pro
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(3 votes)
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Big Meter Pro is a small and handy application for you to know your CPU, memory, and disk usage in real time and in a visual way. It allows you to establish system alerts for certain important events, like when the CPU reaches a high usage percentage. It also allows you to set the exact time for an alarm clock alert, and it can display detailed information about your CPU, memory or disk, too.

Pros:
  • Allows you to select the information you want it to display.
  • Capable of showing detailed information about your CPU, memory or hard disk on separate windows.
  • Allows you to set alerts for certain important events.
  • You can specify which drive to retrieve information from.
Cons:
  • The program's design is a bit uncolored and may become boring after a time.
  • When you drag it around your desktop, it sometimes turns unstable and you have to force your system to kill it.
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What's my computer doing
What's my computer doing
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(2 votes)
Freeware

“What’s my computer doing” is a small yet powerful free utility that will give you exhaustive information about all the processes running in your system at a given time. These processes include those that have been launched automatically by your operating system, and those which seem to be working in the background without your permission.

Pros:
  • Simple one-window interface.
  • Gives you useful information about any of the processes running.
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Performance Monitor

Performance Monitor is a small program that shows you the CPU, Memory, Disk and Network utilization . PerfMon can become transparent and permits you to forward left-mouse clicks so you can place it anywhere. Features : - Right click for options - Drag a single panel to move it - Drag a single panel with the CTRL Key down to move all attached panels

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Free Extended Task Manager
Free Extended Task Manager
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(12 votes)
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Free Extended Task Manager 1.0 provides additional process management features. This program also gives information about the disk activity and the network port usage. This program can be installed in English, German, Dutch, Polish or Russian. Once installed, the program stays as an animated icon in the system tray. The icon will graph the CPU usage in real time.

Pros:
  • It´s a powerful free tool that eases the monitoring of Windows processes.
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System Monitor

System Monitor is designed to monitor and manage Microsoft Windows computers on a network. It can monitor the usage of CPU, Memory, Disk Drives and Network Adapters and notify you when a certain resource exceeds a certain value.

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CPU Monitoring Software

CPU monitoring software is a well-known free detection hardware information .software. Use CPU monitoring software can fully understand the CPU and memory information, and some motherboard information. You can use the software in the hardware specifications of certain queries are not mentioned in the details.

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Memory Optimizer
Memory Optimizer
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(4 votes)
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Memory Optimizer is an easy to use yet powerful program that Boosts your PC's Performance and Stability up to 200%.

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Ultra CPU Monitor

This is a professional application designed to be a small CPU monitoring tool that shows its activity as a diagram in the system tray. This free software tool can display up to eight icons (so that you can see a longer period). Each monitor can display its activity as a text or as a diagram. Ultra CPU Monitor works on Windows operating systems.

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A Really Small App
A Really Small App
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(3 votes)

A fun and free Really Small App showing Running Tasks, Current Startups, CPU & Memory utilization graphs, and the number of connections to your PC from remote computers (anything greater than zero could be due to Trojan viruses or spyware).

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SpeedFan
SpeedFan
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(239 votes)
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SpeedFan is a program that allows you to monitor your system's core and hard disk temperatures, fan speeds and voltages. It enables you to control the clock on your motherboard and analyze your hard disk to determine if anything could possibly go wrong with it. It is one of the most recommended programs to monitor the temperature of your hardware.

Pros:
  • Lightweight
  • User friendly
  • Charts Option
  • Accurate
  • Works on 32 bit and 64 bit
  • Advanced control options
  • Built-in debug report
Cons:
  • Can cause hardware problems if used incorrectly
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CPU Monitor
CPU Monitor
Freeware

CPU Monitor adds an icon to the Windows 95 System Tray, which shows the current utilisation of the systems processor.Requires the VB 5.0 Runtimes.

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Mz Cpu Accelerator
Mz Cpu Accelerator
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(11 votes)
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Mz Cpu Accelerator is a small utility that changes the priority of the foreground window, by allocating more Cpu power to the currently active application. I mean, depending on the priority level you give it, Cpu will orientate a few, a lot or almost all the Cpu power to the program you are working on. Automatically, The final result is an enormous performance gain!

Pros:
  • Very easy to use interface. Advanced options included.
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CPU TrueSpeed
CPU TrueSpeed
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Freeware

CPU TrueSpeed is a tool that returns comprehensive hidden CPU information that is important to determine the quality and features of the CPU so you can predict the performance. The program also returns important information such as CPU speed, the manufacturer information, CPU flags and CPU SIMD.

Pros:
  • Detailed information.
Cons:
  • Some information was incorrect.
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CpuUsage
CpuUsage
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(1 votes)
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CPUUsage is a small and easy-to-use program for keeping track of your CPU load. It displays the CPU load in percentage as a tray icon image and enables you to check how much of your CPU's capacity is in use. It also allows you to change the refresh rate of the tray icon and configure the program to load on windows startup.

Pros:
  • Freeware.
  • Handy and easy-to-use tool.
  • Installs itself as system service and thus uses minimal resources.
  • Allows to set/unset the program to load on Windows startup.
  • Allows to set how often the tray icon should be updated.
  • Compatible with most Windows OS.
Cons:
  • Does not support OS other than Windows.
  • Does not show CPU consumption for individual applications.
  • Does not provide graphical representation of CPU usage using Bar or Line Graphs.
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StatBar
StatBar
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(10 votes)
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Statbar is a type of system status bar which contains some easy , powerful and nice tools which are helpful in controlling your computer in a better and effective manner. It also gives you an insight into your computer system's current state such as cpu, memory, latency, uptime and much more.

Pros:
  • User Friendly Interface
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Flitskikker InfoTool

Flitskikker InfoTool offers you essential information about your system. Afterwards, you can save it as a text file, or BB Code to share on forums. Most people can help you better if you share your system information with them. This will display the essentials of your system: Computer, Motherboard, Processor, Memory, Harddisk, Drives, Sound Card, Graphics Card, Display, Mouse...

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