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Process Hacker

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When Windows hangs or crashes, it's usually due to a single process or program that isn't running properly. Sometimes you have to open the System Configuration or Services tool to terminate a running process. Or you can open Process Hacker and view it all at once. This free, open-source process viewer displays all your running processes and services, including network and disk processes, in color-coded tree views. Process Hacker's powerful process termination capabilities bypass most security software and rootkits, ending the entire affected process. Skilled users can take advantage of Process Hacker's string scanning capabilities and other filtering methods to view what is causing a thread to hang and debug malware infections. But that's just a small sample of what Process Hacker can do: It not only views threads but also handles, DLLs, tokens, modules, memory lists, DEP status, and more. It can sandbox processes, too.

Process Hacker's user interface is simple yet displays a lot of useful information a well-configured space. The main window has tabs to display Processes, Services, Network, and Disk data. The Processes window displays active processes in a modified tree view, color-coded for easy identification. There's no color key on the interface, but we could customize the highlights (and just about everything else about Process Hacker) under the program's Options. The Services tab is similar to SysConfig's tool, but easier to use. Like the Services list, the Network display is plain until activity is detected, and then Process Hacker displays it with color coding. But Process Hacker does much more than display and terminate processes and services. For instance, the Tools menu includes utilities to Create Services, manage Pagefiles, and Verify Signatures, among other utilities.

Since Process Hacker is an open-source project, you'll find a lot of resources at its Web site, including FAQs, forums, and even the source code. Clearly, it's much more than a mere process viewer, and inexperienced users can get into trouble if they're not careful. This powerful utility can force termination of running processes, so be careful what you tell it to do. In experienced hands, Process Hacker is a worthy toolkit.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A free & very useful system information utility"

    July 16, 2012  |   By danno2cu@comcast.net

    Version: Process Hacker 2.28

    Pros

    Process Hacker is a very stable utility to view and manipulate processes and services. Examine the properties of any running process including Run-time Statistics, General Information, Performance, Threads, Tokens, Modules, Memory, Environment and Handles.

    Search through process memory, and read/write memory using a built-in hex editor.

    A viable replacement for Windows Task Manager. Many user configurable options. Real-time Process watch window. More robust System Performance view than Windows Task Manager. Good right-click context menu functionality from system tray.

    Process Hacker displays processes running on the system as a tree; processes started by a particular parent process are shown indented below it. Processes with a non-existent parent (where its parent has terminated) are shown on the far left. You can manipulate processes by right-clicking on them, and you can show detailed properties for a process by double-clicking it or selecting the "Properties..." menu item.

    Cons

    Unlike the Windows Task Manager, Process Hacker does not have a window to view running applications. Process Hacker only shows Processes, Services and Network windows.

    Summary

    This tool is not for everyone but a very useful tool for intermediate and advanced users.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Crashes too much. Would like it better if it didn't."

    November 5, 2011  |   By jjrcop

    Version: Process Hacker 2.22

    Pros

    Allows you to do allot of things with processes that you want, task manager doesn't give you, and then some things with processes you probably won't even use.

    Cons

    It crashes too much; If the developers would have at least repressed the crashing, I would still have it today.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Program!"

    April 15, 2011  |   By ilag2much

    Version: Process Hacker 2.14

    Pros

    Can find and kill ANY Process or Network Traffic!

    Cons

    Task bar icons seem to clone themselfs?

    Summary

    Must have program!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Task Manager on steroids"

    February 4, 2011  |   By hfgottlieb

    Version: Process Hacker 2.11

    Pros

    Shows EVERY process running or stopped. You can start, stop, and DELETE them. Was able to delete a disabled program from trying to start at boot time.

    Cons

    You could easily delete a vital system file and have to reinstall windows and all your programs.

    Summary

    Not for the people who aren't an expert. If you aren't an expert( like an A+ certified professional) don't even download this program because you will be playing with fire.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Task Processes Viewer!!!"

    December 11, 2010  |   By thebigg512

    Version: Process Hacker 2.8

    Pros

    Best Task Processes Viewer!!! Shows hidden process and all!

    Cons

    None````````````````````

    Summary

    Best Task Processes Viewer!!!

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  • 4.0 stars

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    November 22, 2010  |   By venusion

    Version: Process Hacker 2.8

    Pros

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    Cons

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent advanced task manager"

    April 28, 2010  |   By geekvig

    Version: Process Hacker 1.11

    Pros

    Very fast and easy setup. Much more functionality than task manager. Completely safe. Low on CPU. Just plain excellent.

    Cons

    None much.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "More Informative than the Native Task Manager"

    January 21, 2010  |   By Tamerlain

    Version: Process Hacker 1.10

    Pros

    Color coding of the processes
    Showed me the location of hidden processes
    It has not crashed once for me
    Kept running, allows the user handy right click tools from the system tray,ie:started & stopped services, new services popups,easy process suspend

    Cons

    I have not experienced any cons in a few weeks of use.

    Summary

    I like the options made available. The thought that it's such a great tool, and free at that makes it a no brainer for replacing the Task Manager. Just to be able to go down to the system tray and have so many options to choose from makes it far superior to the Task Manager. With the supposed capability of working around rootkits, thus enabling you to terminate the processes, I'd make this a must have for anyone curious about fiddling around with their computer.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "it crashes alot. but otherwise, very thorough and cool"

    January 12, 2010  |   By crkirkwood

    Version: Process Hacker 1.10

    Pros

    it shows tons of stuff

    Cons

    it crashes a lot

    Summary

    I like it alot, but I wish it wouldn't crash so often

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Installation Problems"

    December 11, 2009  |   By mrhoads

    Version: Process Hacker 1.7

    Pros

    After I finally got installed it worked fine

    Cons

    It would not install. It kept saying that I had to shut it down before it would install.

    Summary

    Took me several hours to install it. Not worth the effort.

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