These are programs that collect information about your or someone else's computer activities, and presents the results in an organized manner.
We present two programs on this page. What Pulse is a much more advanced program in the sense that it registers several types of activities, but it also requires that you register. PC Usage Viewer however is a small program that records how many hours you or others use the PC. This program uses its own Windows service and does not need registration.
What Pulse is a program that can be used to monitor various activities on your PC. The free version supports monitoring of the mouse, keyboard and use of applications, while the paid version can be used to monitor specific programs/apps, plus several other things.
Please note that during the installation of What Pulse it gives you the option to install WinPCap, which detects your network activity.
You can select "Cancel" if you do not want to install this application, but you will not get any information about your network activity, under the "Network" tab in the What Pulse program.
If you have not signed up already, you can during the installation enter a desired e-mail address and password, and finally click "Continue."
You will then see a new window with an opportunity to register. The user name must be unique. Finally, click "Register account", and the program will begin.
One of the reasons you have to register to use What Pulse is that the results are available online. You can opt out through the settings in the program by selecting "Work offline" if you wish.
The program starts monitoring immediately after installation. It records information about the operating system, as well as statistics for mouse, keyboard, and network.
The programme window has six tabs that display various types of information, on devices being monitored.
PC Usage Viewer is a much simpler program that shows how long you use your PC. The program collects information from Windows own feature called Event Viewer.
The program can be also be used to check if your PC has been used at a specific time on a specific day.
Both programs can be downloaded from their official websites free of charge.