Process Explorer 16.04

Monitor active processes and their child processes, suspend them, keep track of CPU temperature and usage, examine DLLs and handles, and more
Process Explorer is a lightweight and portable application that offers advanced features compared to the Windows Task Manager when it comes to monitoring running processes and making some changes to their behavior. Aimed at hardcore PC users who want to look under the hood of their computers and find out how they work, the tool brings many powerful options to the table, such as the ability to suspend processes or find out all resources used by a particular process.

Portability perks

There is no installation necessary, so you can simply launch the executable file to start the app. The main advantage of a portable tool is that it can be saved to a USB flash disk and carried everywhere to use it on any PC seamlessly. What's more, Process Explorer does not alter the Windows registry in any way, nor create unnecessary shortcuts or Start menu entries which clutter the disk.

System tray indicators and hierarchically displayed processes

The first thing you should know about Process Explorer is that it creates a tray icon at launch to point out the current temperature for any preferred sensor (default is CPU). The main window is neatly organized and displays all processes in a tree view to let users find out any child processes which depend on them. They are color-coded in order to tell them apart by type (e.g. new objects, system processes, relocated DLLs).

Manipulate the processes' behavior and view system information

It is possible to terminate, suspend and resume or restart a process, bring it to the front, minimize or maximize it, change its priority and affinity, find out its full paths and command line, as well as to display a secondary pane to view DLL and handle information.

System information gathers the CPU, RAM, GPU, I/O, disk, network and commit usage history and shows it in graphs. Process Explorer also offers extensive information concerning a particular process such as performance, environment, TCP/IP and threads properties. What's more, suspicious or unknown files can be submitted to VirusTotal to run malware checkups using multiple antivirus applications at the same time.

Evaluation and conclusion

CPU and RAM consumption was low during Process Explorer's runtime in our tests. It is very responsive to commands and shows some pretty detailed information. No error dialogs were shown in our tests, and the app did not hang or crash. To sum it up, Process Explorer is an excellent tool for monitoring and controlling processes.

Reviewed by , last updated on September 12th, 2014

Also available: Process Explorer Portable

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Windows XP / XP 64 bit / Vista / Vista 64 bit / 7 / 7 64 bit / 8 / 8 64 bit / 2003 / 2008
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What's New in This Release:
  • This update fixes a bug in Virus Total file submission that could cause a crash, and now shows Windows Store package names on the Image page of the process properties dialog.
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Application description

The Process Explorer application was developed to be an advanced process management utility that picks up where Task M...

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