Process Lasso is a unique new technology that improves PC responsiveness during high CPU loads. It does this through dynamic adjustments to process priorities. This feature is called ProBalance, dynamic priority optimization. Instead of boosting foreground priorities, which is ineffective and potentially detrimental, Process Lasso temporary lowers the priorities of select background processes when they may be interfering with system responsiveness. A graphical demo is available on Bitsum's site that demonstrates how this feature can save you from a total PC stall in a worst case scenario.
For more advanced users, Process Lasso allows automation and persistence of various process settings. One can set save CPU affinities, process priority classes, I/O priority, memory priorities, and application power profiles. These settings get re-applied each time the process is run. Users can also limit the number of instances an application can have, or disallow processes from running entirely. More advanced watchdog rules can be created to take any number of actions based on quotas and thresholds. For instance, trim the working set when a process's working set exceeds a specified amount, or lower the process priority class when an application exceeds a particular amount of CPU utilization for a specific duration.
This is the 32-bit semi-free build. It never expires, and core functions such as ProBalance, default priorities, and default affinities work indefinitely. With this semi-free edition, you may have to tolerate some non-intrusive nags, and advanced features may be disabled over time.
- Add 'pl.cmd' batch file as a shortcut to launch Process Lasso's GUI, primarily for Windows Server users
- Add installer section to optionally add Lasso install path to system environment PATH variable. By doing so, command line can simply run 'pl' to launch Lasso's GUI
- Add pathname parameter to log file, changing log format
- Show process governor pathname and command line in 'initialized' log entry
- Add new Locate submenu (for disk and internet) to log entries in actions pane
- ParkControl Add support for new system tray icon and more (ParkControl Pro) [work in progress]
- Fixes to import and export of configuration file
- Fix user-induced Gaming Mode state not preserved on Lasso restart
- Fix Keep Running state/countdown not preserved on Lasso restart
- Fix sorting of date/time of last restraint column
- Fix build ordering issue that could have caused wrong insights exe build to be included
- Create safety backup on import of new configuration file
- Reduce maximum log lines to display at one time (to reduce RAM utilization and improve load speed)
- Adjust some in-product URLs
- Reduce timeout after update for system tray click to see revision history (now back to 10 seconds)
- Add new SmartTrim menu option to exclude game processes, part of new submenu for SmartTrim and Gaming Mode interaction settings (not yet enabled)
- Terminate any running ParkControl instances
- Rotate log files after 1000 entries
- Change product activation to distinct subdomain for server isolation
- Better Emisoft interoperability
- Update German, Russian, and French
Reviewing 7.8 (Jan 14, 2015)
I recently upgraded one of the PC's I have PL on to a latest chip with 16 GIG of DDR3 memory, I was thinking PL probably wouldn't be needed but after some experimentation I found it's still useful esp. for example when transferring multiple & large amounts of files onto external drives or over a network - PL keeps everything running smoothly & I really missed it when it wasn't installed - A worthy 5 stars - Use the 64 Bit version with 64 bit Windows.
Reviewing 220.127.116.11 (Sep 12, 2012)
Well worth buying esp. the family edition for 5PC's ($34.95 = £21 to me) which I'm going to invest in - It does make a difference even on a fast PC.
@jcollake - My review below was OTT - Sorry about that, it didn't come out the way I meant it - The point I was trying to make was just if you like Process Lasso buy it you won't regret the purchase & it's not expensive.
Reviewing 18.104.22.168 Beta (Jul 13, 2012)
I use Process Lasso Pro (purchased a few mos. ago) & used the regular version for a long time prior to that. I run WinVista SP2 on a Dell Duo-core computer & Process Lasso Pro does a good job for me without problems. I have ran almost every version of process Lasso since I began using it (alphas, betas, etc.) without problems & the program has helped me have a much more pleasant computer experience. My experience has been that Process Lasso does what it says it will do, nothing more or less, without creating problems & I couldn't ask for more than that. Keep up the good work--kudos!!
Reviewing 22.214.171.124 Alpha (Jul 13, 2012)
I apologize if the below seemed defensive, I just like to make it clear that I try to do my best to walk the fine line between supporting my family and giving my product away as freely as I'm able to. Like I said, that is why it is labelled Shareware. I thank all users who use ANY version of my software, paid or not. It is an honor for me and my small company.
Reviewing 126.96.36.199 (Jul 3, 2012)
@Music4Ever, that is why I clearly label it Shareware here and at other download sites. SHAREWARE. Even though it NEVER EXPIRES, I get your argument, which is why I DO NOT put it in the FREEWARE category ... This cost me lots of exposure, but it is fair enough. I would also like to add that Bitsum does NOT use deceptive bundles in its installers, FWIW.
How annoying are the 'nags'? Well, you see ONE when the program starts (usually only at boot). It has NO TIMER. Click right on past. That is ALL.
How restrictive are the features? MOST ALL the popular features NEVER EXPIRE, including ProBalance and Default Priorities and CPU Affinities. The full list is disclosed at http://bitsum.com/howfree.php .
So, there is no subterfuge, and in this day and age - I think that counts for something. Yes, sometimes you must pay for software. I simply must pay my rent. That's all there is to it. I'd rather be up front and honest, than tricky and deceitful.
Basically, Process Lasso is a VERY VERY light weighted software. I have tried several other similar softwares, but they really cannot achieve what Process Lasso can achieve. Basically, Foreground Process Thread Priority Boost is unique, and cannot be found in other similar type of softwares. One software called "Process Priority Master" which claims itself to be the best, I have tried it myself but it's nothing but just a bloatware, a real example of bloatware. It takes like 30%+ CPU in the background all the time !!! Jeremy never claims his softwares are the best, because Jeremy has a good and professional attitude, which we all should learn from him. I can tell, no other similar softwares up to the current date, performs better than Process Lasso.
This software is NOT crippleware. 99% of the features in the Pro build are also in the free build. If you take the time to look, you will see this is true.
This program is crippleware. I would rather use a lesser program than a crippled program.
to your post us3r:
you rated the software with two and speak as if you never tried the software for yourself - talking only about that the price is too high for you to effort and not even mention a free alternative (cause there is no). I really wonder what those commends should cause, why and for what ?
Reviewing 3.45.4 Beta (Feb 4, 2009)
This program doesn't offer much more than similar tools which are completely free, yet author want almost 20$ for a copy whether you are commercial user or home user or student. The life time license doesn't speak to me since I remember the development of these application stopped like for two years around version 2.0.