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Dedicated server monitoring tools have largely replaced the need to manually parse log files except for the most esoteric of issues. This however raises another issue — selecting one that has the right combination of features, usability and performance. Fortunately, many free options exist if you're willing to learn their ins and outs.

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Mark Russinovich's "Sysinternals Suite", which includes the likes of Process Explorer, Process Monitor, Autoruns and TCPView, is one of the most invaluable collections of free tools ever assembled for Windows. Russinovich has just added a new weapon to this already comprehensive arsenal — Sysmon, a command-line program that watches for system events, particularly those associated with malicious behaviour.

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System monitoring tools come in all sorts of flavours, but there are few around that do it all. WhatPulse, available for Windows, OS X and Linux, allows you to track pretty much everything about your activities, from keystrokes and mouse clicks, to network activity and bandwidth utilisation.

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There's no shortage of system monitoring apps for Android, ranging from tiny one-glance widgets to deep-dive apps that offer incredible detail. To keep an eye on your phone's performance and status, we found Elixir 2 is the best tool for the job. If you want to examine a remote PC from an Android phone, PC Monitor is the best way to do it.

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If you want to monitor your iPhone or remote computer, there aren't many options for the iPhone. In fact, there's really no single app that's worthy of being called the best. As a result, we're offering two: iStat if you're monitoring a Mac or iPhone, and PC Monitor if you're monitoring a Windows or Linux machine.

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While Windows' built-in Task Manager is great for the occasional resource check, it's not something you can easily monitor all day long. For that, we recommend Rainmeter, the best darn system monitor around.

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Mac OS X comes with a great system monitor, and there are lots of neat alternatives as well. Our favourite is MenuMeters, thanks to its ability to provide a wealth of information from the convenience of your Mac's menu bar.

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Mac OS X is a slick, powerful operating system, but there's a cost to all that gloss. Most users don't ever bother to check, but many of the apps they use every day are notorious RAM-gobblers, eating up huge amounts of system memory and making even brand new Macs feel like they're running slowly. Here's a look at why you should keep an eye on your Mac's memory usage, how to monitor it, and which apps are the worst offenders when it comes to memory drain.