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Process Explorer

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 529 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    16.05
  • Total Downloads:
    1,651,525
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 11, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.14MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,370
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Process Explorer is a helpful utility program that details your computer's running processes in a more visual representation than the standard Windows Task Manager. A host of smart tools and design options are provided with this program, but some technical errors are likely to inhibit Process Explorer's abilities.

Pros

Customizable interface: While the interface is not very attractive, it provides all needed information in an uncomplicated manner, which is all you need for these types of applications. Process Explorer also features many design options to configure symbols and colors to help you build a more personalized and streamlined layout.

Awesome tools: Locating running programs is very easy with Process Explorer's fast search tool, and processes are easily killed with one click. The unique Internet search tool is incredibly clever because it allows you to see if certain processes are known for being harmful.

Cons

Broken objects: One major error that we found during our tests was that Process Explorer has a few broken links and features. One of the most important objects, the Help section, failed to load at all; and if this is a common occurrence, novice individuals may find this program to be too hard to use.

Stability problems: While this program runs very quickly, Process Explorer crashed twice during our tests of routine features, and we could not find any obvious reason for what caused the crashing. We do not see this as a large concern because Process Explorer reopened perfectly after each crash.

Bottom Line

Process Explorer definitely surpasses Task Manager in all categories, but the constant performance errors and missing links left us unsatisfied. Should these errors be repaired, we think that all types of individuals will find Process Explorer to be of some use.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Awesome but volnerable"

February 27, 2015  |  By DrCurtisScott

 |  Version: Process Explorer 16.04

Pros

Great to see innards workings...

Cons

Malware often detects it running and scrolls the window down so that you cannot see processes using most CPU time. In other words, when displaying processes in order of CPU use, - many malware types now detect the program running an nudge the window down so that the processes using the most CPU time (the malware) is not visible. A scroll lock needs to be made into the program as an option so that malware cannot change the view to hide the most active process.

Summary

Awesome tool for the toolbox, but needs a scroll lock to prevent malware from adjusting the view

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5 stars

"an absolute necessity"

November 29, 2014  |  By William Sommerwerck

 |  Version: Process Explorer 16.04

Pros

easy to use
educational
free!

Cons

potentially daunting to newbies

Summary

I have several analytical utilities, but Process Explorer is the first one I go to when I'm wondering just what's going on. I used it this morning to find and delete an EXE I'd accidentally run from an e-mail attachment.

I'm running 16.04, and Process Explorer does not instantly crash under W7P64.

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4 stars

"A must have tool!"

February 16, 2014  |  By jgborges

 |  Version: Process Explorer 16.01

Pros

Can be installed as a replacement for "Windows Task Manager", is a free tool and many others "PROS".

Cons

I find no "CONS".

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3 stars

"Version 16.0 Crashes"

January 31, 2014  |  By Frogg11

 |  Version: Process Explorer 16.0

Pros

Used to be a Good Program.

Cons

Version 16.0 crashes immediately on Windows 7 64-bit.

Had to Revert to Version 15.40.

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5 stars

"It is great at helping you find what is hogging CPU"

November 25, 2013  |  By pierrecahier

 |  Version: Process Explorer 15.40

Pros

It gives you a lot of information that you only get parts of with other apps. It lets you see all of the services running and lets you shut most of them off to see which one is causing the problem.

Cons

None that I saw

Summary

A lot of information. Easy to use. And powerful.

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3 stars

"it kind of a interesting program"

August 08, 2013  |  By kingbed42

 |  Version: Process Explorer 15.40

Pros

easy to use

Cons

none that I none of

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5 stars

"Does what it says"

June 08, 2013  |  By 686166233

 |  Version: Process Explorer 15.31

Pros

Good process tree views or section views
excellent for supplementing task manager
displays much more information
you do not have to replace Task Manager
You can have the both and just use whichever one you choose at any given time .
I have a shortcut to process explorer and task manager both
on my desktop and can use either one at will

Cons

None very useful tool

Summary

Very useful for managing processes /resources /applications /start up
/hardware resources etc . absolutely a must have for the power user .

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1 stars

"what the heck happened?"

April 04, 2013  |  By promytius

 |  Version: Process Explorer 15.3

Pros

lots of dull colored lines and organization and info and stuff.

Cons

taskmanager is G-O-N-E that means no more CTRL/ALT/DEL to kill a malfunctioning program; no more quick look at the processes, no cute little graphs of processors...
And task manager is g-o-n-e if you doubleclick it it reports as MISSING!

Summary

I must be missing something here - oh yes, TASKMANAGER!

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5 stars

"A must have..."

February 17, 2013  |  By cmzeno

 |  Version: Process Explorer 15.3

Pros

Everything is Pros and there are no Cons. Replaces and greatly enhances the information provided by Task Manager (and much more). Simple and lightweight, just set it as a Startup item.

Cons

There are no cons.

Summary

A must have for every experienced/power user.

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4 stars

"Comprehensive and easy to use"

September 04, 2012  |  By Cattus99

 |  Version: Process Explorer 15.22

Pros

Does what it should. One of the most useful features is that it shows you where the autostart location is for a process. That can help you debug a problem more easily.

Cons

Can be a bit daunting for a first time user.

Summary

Well thought out. Kudos to the developers.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 16.05
Process Explorer now includes a Protection column that shows process protection status.
General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date March 10, 2015
Date Added March 11, 2015
Version 16.05
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.14MB
File Name ProcessExplorer.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,651,525
Downloads Last Week 1,370
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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