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Process Explorer

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If you've ever tried tracking down a process in Windows Task Manager, you know it's like looking for a needle in a haystack. Process Explorer makes the job a lot easier. This freeware utility displays running processes in an intuitive tree format that includes not only process names, but also program icons and other data, such as description, image, and processor time.

It also can identify the process for a given application window or look up a process name in Google--a handy way to spot spyware. The latest version, more than three years in the making, introduces several new features. You can now drill down into the multiple svchost processes and see what each one is controlling via mouse-over tooltip, learn which Internet Explorer 8 process controls which tab, and a new .NET assembly information tab under Properties for assistance in .NET troubleshooting.

Additional features offer detailed information on performance, DLLs, threads, handles, TCP/IP connections, security settings, and environments. Despite its lack of visual polish, Process Explorer is one of the best Task Manager replacements we've seen.

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  • 4.0 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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  • 3.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Thanks, beautiful and terrible program"

    August 11, 2013  |   By almnhail

    Version: Process Explorer 15.40

    Pros

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  • 3.0 stars

    "it kind of a interesting program"

    August 8, 2013  |   By kingbed42

    Version: Process Explorer 15.40

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    none that I none of

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does what it says"

    June 8, 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "what the heck happened?"

    April 4, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "Comprehensive and easy to use"

    September 4, 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "A *MUST HAVE*!!"

    August 10, 2012  |   By MaliMali77

    Version: Process Explorer 15.22

    Pros

    It's fast, easy and thorough! It takes up very little space and uses very little of your CPU/VM, so it won't slow down programs. I am EXTREMELY glad to have found this software! WAY BETTER than the Windows Task Manager.

    Cons

    None. Zero. Zip. Nada.

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