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Daphne is used to manage and terminate Windows running processes.

Windows operating systems execute multiple processes/programs at the same time, so we can use the web browser, the video player, and word processor, all at the same time. All of these processes are listed in the Windows Task Manager. Task Manager can be a little bit complicated if you're not used to it.

Daphne arises as an alternative to Windows Task Manager, because it allows us to display all the active processes, in addition to be able to terminate them in a simple way.

The first thing that we will see when the program starts is a list of all processes that are running currently.

The main window displays detailed information of each process. These is some of the data that are displayed on the list:

  • Process: Process name, for example svchost.exe, chrome.exe or VBoxService.exe.

  • Path: Hard disk where is located the running process, for example, C:\totalcmd\totalcmd.exe.

  • CPU: The percentage of CPU usage that is consumed by the process. If a process is using 45% of CPU, which means that process is consuming almost half of the capacity the CPU processing power, so we can monitor that process and see if it is doing something wrong, and such we can finish it before that consumes all CPU and hang the computer.

  • Owner: Here is shown the name of the user that launched the application.

  • Memory: The amount of memory being consumed by the process (MB).

We can order the list of processes by CPU, Memory, etc, In such a way that we can quickly see which processes are consuming most of the computer resources, and act accordingly.

If we want to terminate a process, we have several ways to carry the task out. One of them is to click with the mouse right button on the process name, and choose the “Kill” option. In this way the process will be terminated and it will free all the resources that it was using.

If we double click on any of the processes of the list, we will see detailed information. This can be useful if we want to know which files are being used by this process. If we suspect about some process, we can press the button “Catalogue DRK” and it will open a website where information will be displayed about that process, and tell us if that process carries out some suspicious or malignant activity.

it Is possible that we have an open window and don't  know what is the name of that process. To identify it, Daphne provides a very simple utility. In the drop-down located in the lower part of the program, we will select the option “Locate ()”, and drag the cross that appears and place it on top of the window that we want to identify. The program automatically recognize the process associated to that window, and highlight it on the processes list .

The above action can also be used to to terminate any application, we will follow the same procedure, but in the drop-down, we will select the “Kill” option.

in Addition to the above features, we may also make use of the following utilities included in this software:

  • CPU Usage: We will see a  CPU consumption graph that has been collected during the last few minutes. We can vary the range of minutes.

  • Show installed programs: this will display a list of programs that are installed on our Windows. It will show the name of the program, version, name of the author and his website. We have the possibility to export this list to a .txt or .csv file.

  • Schedule system shutdown: With this utility, we can select any time and make the computer to shut down, restart or log off current user.

With no doubt Daphne is simple and useful. In addition, it's open-source software, and free.

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