Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Nov 7, 2008

Ever wonder if your PC is keeping secrets from you? Wonder no more. The freeware utility What's Running reveals all your system's active processes, services, drivers, and connections.

It's like Windows Task Manager, except far more informative. The cramped multipane interface is very hard to read, but even it has its good points: it lists processes in a parent-child hierarchy, not a bad way to accidentally spot malware. It also lets you choose which columns of information to display, and it makes stopping or prioritizing processes as simple as a mouse click--a right-click, to be precise. It even lets you control which programs launch at start-up.

Looks aside, What's Running ought to appeal to system administrators, support specialists, and tech-savvy home users who want to know precisely what their computer is up to.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.2

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added April 19, 2006
Version 2.2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server

Popularity

Total Downloads 602,583
Downloads Last Week 5
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Developer's Description

This application helps you investigate what applications, processes, services, modules, drivers and IP connections are running on your computer. See extensive system information in a simple graphical user interface.

Version 2.2 makes the default process in a hierarchical view based on the parent relationship.