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Softpedia Editor's Review for Process Explorer
Displays information regarding handles and DLLs processes that have opened or loaded
Written by Elena Opris on November 5th, 2012
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Process Explorer is a small yet very advanced process management tool capable to offer in-depth details about running processes.
The interface is designed to offer a clean look of all the running items, in a parent-child tree view. It may look pretty daunting at first, but average users should get used with this sort of layout pretty fast.
The different sections of the application can display additional content, such as DLLs used by each process, handles and threads.
All the regular process management options are supported by Process Explorer: termination, setting priority or affinity (if you're running it in a multi-core environment). However, it also makes available the possibility to restart processes or suspend their activity until you identify them.
In order to help you determine the origin of a process or whether it is malicious or not, the application allows you to perform an online search, straight from its context menu.
The amount of information Process Explorer can render about a running item is impressive. This includes details about process performance (CPU time, threads, CPU history, I/O reads/writes, CPU cycles, etc.) memory, handles, or DLLs.
For real-time information regarding an item you can check its 'Properties' window, which shows a graphical representation of the overall performance, as well as other details such as I/O priority, virtual and physical memory used, or CPU history.
If you get accustomed with the level of details provided by Process Explorer, you can very well use it instead of the default solution in Windows, Task Manager.
Process Explorer is definitely not an application for the beginner, despite the comprehensive help file it comes with. The great amount of process data and control options it provides are clearly designed to accommodate the needs of more experienced users.
Process Explorer description
Here are some key features of "Process Explorer":
- Support for full handle viewing on Win9x/Me (with the exception of Registry key handles)
- Process icons
- Service process highlighting
- Process tree display
- Configurable refresh rate
- Refresh highlighting: new entries in the process, handle and DLL views are green, and deleted ones red
- Listview tooltips
- DLL descriptions in the DLL view
- Highlights relocated DLLs
- Jump-to-entry in the find dialog
- Efficient refresh
- Lists all process owners, even on Terminal Server systems
- Moveable columns
- Column selection and a wide variety of configurable process, DLL and handle columns
- Asynchronous updates of all views
- Configurable refresh highlighting effects
- Save function saves process view and current bottom view (handle or DLL)
- Minimize-to-tray option
- Process suspend/resume
- Thread details including stacks
- Fractional CPU usage
- Job object information
- Right-justified numeric columns with numeric formatting
- Mutex properties shows owning thread if mutex is owned
- More information in process properties
- Start time and CPU time process columns
- Option to hide the lower pane
- Kill process tree
- More accurate Registry key names for profile unload debugging
- Extensive help file
- Service descriptions on services tab of service process properties dialog
- Now shows WMI providers hosted in Wmiprvse processes
- Includes an option that configures it to automatically run when you logon
- Introduces a process view column that shows process DPI awareness support on Windows 8.1 systems