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I’ve found a lot of great apps thanks to commenters on our site, and credit for this one goes to an anonymous visitor on our article about automatically restarting crashed apps. The program I’m talking about is called Kiwi, and it has some unique monitoring capabilities that aren’t found in many other applications. There are both free and paid versions, but I know that the functionality offered in the free version will appeal to some of you.

Kiwi will monitor any application that you tell it to, and can either report back or take action based on certain events. What do I mean? One good example is that Kiwi can both alert you when an application exceeds a certain amount of memory usage, and if desired it can even close the offending program. That’s just one example of the monitors available in the free version. Here’s a quick list of the other things available:

  • You can get alerted when via email:
    • When a program starts
    • When a program ends
    • When it exceeds a specified amount of memory usage
    • When it has been running for a specified amount of time
  • You can take the following actions:
    • Close a program after it exceeds a specified amount of memory usage
    • Close a program after it exceeds a specified amount of CPU time
    • Close a program after it has been running for a specified amount of time
    • When a program ends, turn off the computer
    • When a program starts, execute a specified application
    • When a program ends, execute a specified application

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The paid version offers a ton of different monitoring options including remaining hard drive space, testing IP/URL availability, checking to see if a file exists, and checking whether an app is inactive or unresponsive. What’s nice is that you can see all of the features that would be available to you by flipping over to the advanced tab. There’s upwards of 75 monitors/actions that you’ll need to upgrade if you want to use them, but that doesn’t detract from the usefulness of the free version.

Kiwi Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)

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