I was wondering if anyone can recommend a utility that could easily let me know when some program or process takes over a machine.
For example, I was at a client site and unbeknownst to me or the client, something slowed things down to below a crawl. In fact, the client said this happens periodically and they end up rebooting. I explained it was not a good idea and that something was running in the background to the detriment of anything else. In this case it was a Quickbooks POS background download, but it could have been anything. There was no obvious notification that this was happening (other than broadband activity).
On my development system, I had a recurring issue that completely tied up my mouse cursor. I was dead in the water for as much as 30 minutes several times a day. It went away after I removed the disk backup agent software.
I wish there was some type of WTF (what the f---???) key for this purpose in Windows. Does anyone know of anything better than using task manager to identify ill-behaved software?