okay, i'll do the testing for you this weekend. i really don't know if the ballons have anything to do with it, but it will be easy enough to see by this sunday. i manufacture pc's and it's pretty hard for my own personal pc to ever act up, but i noticed that while using firefox with several open tabs, cpu usage goes up on pages that automatically reload if i have about 20-30 tabs open. and when i use limewire pro, cpu usage goes up depending on the amount of open connections on a T-1. exiting firefox or limewire never helped, so i decided to test your software. now when i installed it, i had just rebooted my machine for the first time in about 2 weeks and had ran nothing (with the exception of the apps that start with my pc, so i'll list them, who knows, it may help:
Zone Alarm Pro (big cpu hog depending on the circumstances, but i can't afford Outpost)
System Suite 5 (has a Trend Micro anti-virus)
Spybot Search and Destroy (the Tea Timer app)
an always on T-1 connection
that amounts to a tray full of icons. i have 2 gigs of memory, and with them all running including firefox with 23 tabs open, i have 1.68 gigs memory free. i use an asus board with an amd 64 x2.
hope that might give you some info to go on. i really don't think anything needed to be tamed at the time. no instant messaging was going on, and at the time, the browser was fine. now the big thing that does start to move the cpu bar up is the vsmon.exe module of Zone Alarm. yes i use a suite version of that app. vsmon cpu use goes up exponentially while limewire pro is on or firefox is many tabbed and rowdy. vsmon will also claim a large memory footprint that can be very high. closing these apps doesn't help. Cacheman XP can be used to reclaim memory, but the memory it get's back is almost always from XP, not the offending apps. the CPU footprint is another matter and that is why i was happy to learn of process tamer.
all stuff was not going on at the time, but they typically do on this box. i'll try to narrow it for you by sunday.