Microsoft Process Explorer 16.20 Pick
FREEWAREFILES EDITOR'S REVIEW
If you would like to know the programs that have opened particular files or directories on your computer, then you need a suitable process viewer like Microsoft Process Explorer. The program displays information about the DLLs processes and handles that have been loaded or opened. You can use it in either DLL or handle mode depending on the information you want.
How It Works
The Process Explorer display has two windows that show different details. The window at the top always displays the processes that are currently active. The list provides comprehensive details, including the names of the accounts that own the active processes.
The details listed on the bottom window depend on the chosen mode. If the program runs in handle mode, the window displays the handles opened by the processes selected on the top window. If it is running in DLL mode, the window displays the memory-mapped files and DLLs loaded by the processes. We found its powerful search feature useful in finding and displaying the processes that had loaded particular DLLs or opened specific handles.
Microsoft Process Explorer is not just a process viewer but also a good process manager. We used it to track down problems associated with handle leaks and DLL-version issues, which gave us the opportunity to make necessary tweaks. While this feature is more useful to experienced users, the program also gives everybody the opportunity to learn how applications and windows operate. The program provides comprehensive details about processes and allows you to search for more information online.
Besides displaying who owns which processes, the program also displays information about CPU and what consumes memory. This is useful in determining memory hogs and deactivating them. We could even use it to stop the processes that the stock Task Manager could not stop. It also has features not available in Task Manager, such as viewing threads and suspending processes.
Process Explorer helped us to detect applications that were said to be portable yet installed drivers on our system. We even determined that a particular application left an executable file that kept running throughout!
If you are wondering what could be happening to your computer since it does not run as fast as it used to while you have not installed many programs, then Microsoft Process Explorer will help you pinpoint the culprits. You may be surprised by what you find out. The portable application is compatible with both 64 and 32 bit systems.
Software Product Description
Review Date: 2014-02-03
Pros: Very useful utility, can help when you suspect the pc has an infection.
Other Thoughts: As it happened in some old version, the "search online" function does not work (Process Explorer v.16.0).
It works in version 15.40.