Imagine Regmon on steroids, and you'll have a glimpse of this home-run hitting process watchdog. Process Monitor's simple spreadsheet-like interface displays processes through a user-created filter. The interface lacks simple single-click column sorting, however, columns are easily shown or hidden.
Process Monitor displays an extensive amount of information that will appeal mainly to advanced users. Context-clicking a process offers a pop-up menu of options to display additional information or affect the process. The pop-up is also available as the toolbar Event menu. Other pull-down menus manipulate the great amount of information to highlight trends. A button bar offers single-click icons for the most used commands. Three commonly used filters appear on the bar to show Registry Activity, File System Activity, or Process and Thread Activity.
Intermediate to advanced users looking for a better understanding of their system will want to test this freeware executable. Process Monitor will quickly find a place in their toolbox.
Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry, and process or thread activity. It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon, and Regmon, and adds an extensive list of enhancements including rich and non-destructive filtering, comprehensive event properties such session IDs and user names, reliable process information, full thread stacks with integrated symbol support for each operation, and simultaneous logging to a file. It is uniquely powerful features will make Process Monitor a core utility in your system troubleshooting and malware hunting toolkit.
What's new in this version:
Version 3.05 adds a context-menu entry that opens the filter edit dialog with contents pre-populated with the specified row and column value.