Process Explorer is excellent and lightweight software that allows the user to observe operating applications on their system of choice and displays precise information on each of them. This includes the ability to view the amount of CPU a program is taking up and if it is currently accessing a certain folder or file on the computer. Process Explorer does this whenever you hover over an application and shows valuable information on how it was booted up and the path leading up to that point. This tool’s true potential shows when checking for irregularities on your system such as CPU spikes, suspicious paths or boot commands. Being able to reveal these is essential for detecting and manually handling malicious viruses that might manage to slip through your anti-virus software.
In addition to all this, Process Explorer can also be used to suspend, terminate and/or change the priority of applications just like Windows’ built-in Task Manager. The difference is however that Process Explorer provides more essential information on each process which happens to be its most defining feature. Another advantage that this software has over Task Manager is that it can also be opened in DLL mode via the top tool bar which allows the user to see what DLL modules some applications have loaded. This makes it great for DLL related troubleshooting and the like.
Process Explorer's interface is user friendly and very easy to grasp by just about anyone. All the tools you could ever need are cleverly placed at the top tool panel for your upmost convenience. You can easily view GPU, CPU, memory and I/O usage system information due to Process Explorer’s orderly interface. A search function is also readily available so you can find any handles or DLLs within the currently active applications at the click of a mouse. You may also look up any applications that look foreign to you by simply right clicking on them and selecting “search online” to quickly skim through any related online material. This program also allows you to run multiple windows of it at the same time if required.
Overall, Process Explorer is an exceptional debugging tool, troubleshooting assistant, and a commendable software pest hunter. Using process explorer also provides users with a good idea as to how certain applications work and interact with the Windows OS in general. It is a tool worth getting used to so you can make the most out of its capabilities.
|Process Explorer 16.12 Rev 3 Feb 22, 2017||This release of Process Explorer, a powerful process management and diagnostic utility, adds reporting of process Control Flow Guard (CFG) status and dynamically updates to reflect changes to process Data Execution Prevention (DEP) configuration.|
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