How often you need to use Ctr+Alt+Delete to start your Windows task manager to find out what processes are running on your system? or use task manager to find out what process is eating all your Memory and CPU? How often you find exact answers from Task Manager and how many times you are left with no clues?

Today I will talk about “Process Explorer“, a Tool developed by Sysinternals which can provide you in depth information about the process running inside your system. Keep in mind you do not need it if you are a newbie or a average user.

Process Explorer is an advanced process management utility that picks up where Task Manager leaves off. It will show you detailed information about a process including its icon, command-line, full image path, memory statistics, user account, security attributes, and more. When you zoom in on a particular process you can list the DLLs it has loaded or the operating system resource handles it has open.

When you run it, as expected it shows you list of processes but the list is complete along with “hierarchical” view showing all the interconnected and dependent processes. It provides you two layered view as shown in screen-shot with upper pane showing process running and lower pane shows the additional information like DLLs associated plus extra files that are loaded for running that process.

It provides loads of advance option which you can select using the menu. It also provides you option to replace your conventional task manager with this advanced and powerful Process explorer. It does everything that your conventional task manager does.

It provides a excellent view of memory use on your system like CPU usage, Kernal Memory, physical memory and much more.

You can use the “Find” function to find out about any process running on your system instantly  by using just a part of that process name or file name. This makes it easier for any user to track any malicious activity going on the system very easily. But as i said before too, its for advanced users. Do not run it if you do not know what you are doing.

Download Process Explorer.