One of the handiest apps I have on my Android phone is Advanced Task Killer, something that “kills” apps that are running in the background without my knowledge, either on startup or after I’ve ostensibly closed some program (but really it keeps on running and eating up memory).
On my Windows computer, I notice I also frequently have programs running in the background: again, either on startup or after I’ve ostensibly closed a program. I can see them churning away if I go to Task Manager and click the “Processes” tab. But I don’t know of anything analogous to Advanced Task Killer for my bigger machine; and I’m afraid to go stopping processes willy nilly without knowing what they are or how they may be tied to the computer’s essential functions.
So, is there anything that can let me safely identify and shut down processes I don’t want eating up my memory? I mean in real time: i.e., I’m not talking about preemptively removing programs through Hijack This.