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Program Sleuth Documentation
This page is used to document the features and functionality of Program Sleuth, a software application designed to make it easy to find out what's really running on your computer.

Registration Button
This button is only visible when you are running the program in demonstration mode.  Demonstration (demo) mode allows you to use the fully functional Program Sleuth for a limited time.  After that time period has expired you will be required to purchase a key to continue to use Program Sleuth. 

You may purchase a key by pushing the lock button which will then allow you to the enter a valid key or you can use the "Buy Now!" button which will bring you to the web page with direction on how to purchase Program Sleuth.

After entering a valid key you will no longer see the lock button and you will no longer see the dialog on startup asking you to enter a key.
Help Button
This button brings up help for Program Sleuth.  If you are connected to the internet you will be sent to a web page providing you with up-to-date help and other useful tips.
Visible Programs
This is a list of programs that have windows you can see and are usually visible on the taskbar. Each program is listed as a single row.  The columns of a row are defined as the following:

- This button will kill the program running on a given row.

- This button will give you information on what a program is and provide you links on how it might be effecting your computer.  NOTE: You must be connected to the internet for this feature to work.

Speed - The top red bar represents how much of the processor speed the program is using at the moment. The bottom green bar represents how much of the memory on the machine (RAM) the program is taking up.

If you right click on the "Visible Programs" title box you will get a pop-up menu allowing you to copy the displayed programs to the clip board.  You can then paste them into an e-mail if you have support issues.
Hidden Programs
This is a list of programs that are running but don't have any visible windows.  Most of the hidden programs are for normal system use such as video drivers, but often programs that are misbehaving or even virus will be hidden like this.  Program Sleuth by default hides many of common safe ones (see "Hide Normal System Programs:).  Each program is listed as a single row.  The columns of a row are defined as the following:

- This button will kill the program running on a given row.

- This button will give you information on what this program is and provide you links on how it might be effecting your computer.  NOTE: You must be connected to the internet for this feature to work.

Speed - The top red bar represents how much of the processor speed the program is using at the moment. The bottom green bar represents how much of the memory on the machine (RAM) the program is taking up. 

If you right click on the "Hidden Programs" title box you will get a pop-up menu allowing you to copy the displayed programs to the clip board.  You can then paste them into an e-mail if you have support issues.

If you double click on a program or service you will get even more detailed information on the program and the ability to add new programs to Program Sleuths "Normal System" list.
Hide Normal System Programs
This option when checked hides all the known common and safe programs that are part of the operating system, allowing you to clearly see any new or unusual program activity.  By default this is checked.
Close Button
This button closes Program Sleuth when pressed.
TIPS
1. If you don't know what a control on Program Sleuth does, place your mouse over the unknown control .  A friendly pop-up window will tell you what it is.

2. If your system is still running slow and none of the visible programs appear to be using much of the computers speed uncheck "Hide Normal System Programs" it's possible a known driver is misbehaving or has been corrupted by a virus.  If any of the programs speed bars remain consistently large that is your likely suspect.

3. If after windows starts up a killed program reappears and you still want it removed you will have to use the information button and read how to permanently remove the program from your system.  Program Sleuth can only point you to problem programs.  Because of the many ways programs can be launched on startup the current version of Program Sleuth can not permantly remove suspicious programs from starting after the machine has been turned off.
Currently Known Programs
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