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Plenty Of Free And Open Source Tools To Monitor Your Server

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.

Sysmon, A Lightweight Tool That Watches For Malicious System Activity

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.

Visualise How You Interact With Your PC With WhatPulse

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.

Track The Memory Usage Of Your Windows Applications

I’ve adopted the habit of periodically firing up Task Manager and checking the memory usage of my running programs. Most of the time, everything is as it should be, but occasionally, I’ll notice bizarre situations where an application has decided to misbehave. If you’re particularly protective of system resources, Process Piglet can give you some warning before things get out of control.

Ground Control Monitors Your Raspberry Pi From Anywhere

The Raspberry Pi is a fantastic little computer, but keeping an eye on it remotely isn’t straightforward. Ground Control is a utility that monitors your Pi and pushes data into the cloud so you can access it anywhere.

The Best System Monitor For Linux

Linux has a few different options for monitoring your system’s resources, but our favourite is definitely the lightweight, super-configurable Conky, which sits right on your desktop.

The Best System Monitor For Android

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.

The Best System Monitor For iPhone

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.

Use Average CPU Cycles For More Accurate Process Monitoring

While you can open up Windows’ Task Manager at any time to see how much CPU a program is using, it’s harder to watch that specific program’s usage over time. Average CPU Cycles is a small, portable app that monitors one process over time so you have an accurate picture of its usage.

The Best System Monitor For Windows

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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