Process Hacker

Process Hacker

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February 02, 2011
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Windows XP 64-bit SP 2/SP 2
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Process Hacker from WJ32 is a free open-source utility that displays all the processes running on your PC in a compact, customizable view. It not only shows detailed information on each process but also gives you a range of control that greatly improves upon Windows' built-in capabilities. It offers performance graphs, thread listings, stacks, and much more. You can not only terminate individual processes but entire associated trees; suspend, reduce, restart, and debug processes; view detailed information on network processes and services from a unified listing; create dump files; and call up enhanced Properties Dialogs with as many as nine tabs of detailed information and settings.

Process Hacker downloads as a ZIP file but requires no installation once it's extracted; it opens when clicked, so it can be carried around on a flash drive or other portable device and used to help diagnose sick computers. The download also includes 32-bit and 64-bit versions, which covers all Windows editions from XP SP2 to the latest editions. It has a simple tabbed dialog interface with a main list view of running processes, services, and network processes. The program is widely customizable, with transparency settings and draggable partitions. It even offers five different tray icons, plus there's a surprising number of options, including the ability to enable plug-ins to expand its already considerable capabilities.

We terminated and restarted some noncritical processes and services with no difficulties, and we tried out several of the more powerful features, too, though whenever you use software that ends or alters Windows processes and services, it's a good idea to proceed with caution because a wrong step can have drastic consequences. But Process Hacker comes into its own when your system is misbehaving, usually because of a single troublesome process or service that has stopped running. With Process Hacker in your portable software toolkit, you'll be ready.

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    "SO much better than Task Manager!"

    June 21, 2014   |   By taoist

    Version: Process Hacker 2.31


    This program lets you see all the processes running on your PC, and all the resources that each one consumes. It provides a LOT of information, and even lets you control processes somewhat (a la Process Lasso) by setting and remembering the priority for each. Highly customizable. I used to love Process Explorer, but this goes one better.


    I've been using this on a couple systems (Win7-8.1) for at least a year, and I have absolutely no complaints.


    If you have any interest at all in tinkering with (and improving!) your OS -- and we all know Windows needs it! -- this is a very useful free tool to help you with that. Task manager gets better with every version or 2 of Windows, but Process Hacker is still light years ahead of it.

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