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Process Hacker

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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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5 stars

"Task Manager on steroids"

February 04, 2011  |  By hfgottlieb

 |  Version: Process Hacker 2.11


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.


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


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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Publisher WJ32
Publisher web site http://wj32.users.sourceforge.net/
Release Date February 02, 2011
Date Added February 02, 2011
Version 2.11
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP 64-bit SP 2/SP 2
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.93MB
File Name processhacker-2.36-setup.exe
Total Downloads 138,815
Downloads Last Week 252
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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