Process Explorer was well designed to show as much helpful information as possible, making it a great tool to troubleshoot Windows problems and programs issues; also very helpful for programmers to debug software. The user interface consists of two parts: The first (top) is where you will find all the active processes currently running in your system, using a really simple and intuitive tree format that not only displays the process name but also the process ID, memory usage, program icon, description, etc. And the second part (bottom) will display information depending on the Process Explorer mode handles or DLLs. And of course you also get all the features from the good old Windows Task Manger. Some other features include:

If you cannot recognize what that certain process does, you have the ability to start an online search right from inside Process Explorer. You can drill down inside of specific process, such as the svchost.exe to see which files are being used. You can hover with the mouse over a specific process and a tooltip will display useful information like command line, file path, and services.

Process finder, you can utilize this feature to locate a specific process being used by a program. You can easily try it by clicking and dragging this icon to a window and Process Explorer will locate which processes are being used. If you tried Process Explorer and liked it, you can go to the file menu, click on Options and select Replace Task Manager and it will take over the Windows Task Manager; the next time you use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Esc Process Explorer will load instead. And if all this information wasn’t enough, you can try right-clicking a process and select Properties, there you will find more than enough information about the process such as: TCP/IP, Performance, Disk and Network, Performance Graph, and much more.

These were just of some of the features of many more that you can find in this Windows program, so if you are serious about finding out what is running on your system or you need to troubleshoot Windows problems, Process Explorer is a great system monitor utility that you should give a try.

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