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Size:
2.59MB
Release Date:
2013-12-27 | Changelog
Submit Date:
2013-12-27
OS:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 (32-Bit/64-Bit)
Downloads:
23152
Popularity:
Popularity:0/10
 
 
User Rating
4.38

(40 Votes )


FreewareFiles Editor's Review

 Editor's Rating

 Reviewed on July 30, 2013

Process Hacker is a powerful process explorer that provides more functions than the stock Windows Task Manager. You can use it to monitor system resources, detect malware and even debug software to ensure your computer functions well. The free application displays all network connections, services and processes running on a computer using color codes to categorize them for fast and easy identification.

Features:

  • Comprehensive and highlighted overview of system activity
  • Displays process information using statistics and graphs for fast tracking of resource hogs
  • Displays programs with active network connections
  • Provides disk access information in real time
  • Gives the ability to control, create and edit services
  • Displays detailed stack traces with WOW64, kernel-mode and .NET support
  • Allows copying of data using Ctrl+C
  • Shows symbolic access marks
  • Customizable

Using Process Hacker

Since Process Hacker is a portable process explorer, we can use it on different computers without multiple installs. We also found it relatively easy to use although it requires some understanding of resource usage and system processes among others. Color coding helped us to quickly identify related running processes. In addition to providing general guidance, the color codes also provide specific process peculiarities, such as own processes, new objects and debugged processes. The codes also help to detect malware by tagging dangerous processes. The notification system can help in preventing malicious files from executing without your knowledge.

We got more information about the processes by hovering over their names. The details included the services they were using, disk file and command line.

We used the application to suspend some running applications and terminated others altogether. We also provided relevant information so we could run some processes with different user accounts. We could toggle between system resource graphs to view them either concurrently or zoom in to see more details about one graph.

The Disk Tab displayed read/write access details broken down according to the processes that invoked them. The process details listed may be somewhat intimidating to a novice. The process window displays all running processes, including the items that parent processes initiated, in a tree format. The details include the usernames the processes belong to, PID number, a short description and overall footprint on system resources.

Although the process explorer provides plenty of details, it uses a clean interface that hides away most of the details until you want to see them. It also takes a short time to learn how to interpret the details.

Pros

  • Portable
  • Clean user interface
  • Provides advanced features
  • Provides notifications
  • Customizable
  • Active forum

Cons

  • Process window is challenging for the average person to use
  • Can tag some useful processes as dangerous
  • Lack of help file

Conclusion

Anyone who often uses Windows Task Manager will benefit from Process Hacker. Users with little knowledge can stick to the main tabs to avoid tampering with crucial processes.

Software Product Description

Process Hacker is a tool for viewing and manipulating processes and their threads, modules and memory. It can also search through process memory:
  • for a sequence of bytes,
  • using regular expressions,
  • for strings, or
  • for heap blocks
It loads symbols from various libraries automatically and uses them when displaying the call stacks of threads (just like Process Explorer). It also has a disassembler derived from OllyDbg´s which can be accessed when viewing PE files´ exports.

What´s new in version 2.33:

NEW/IMPROVED:

  • View digital signature information from process properties and peview
  • Signatures for Windows 8 apps are now detected
  • Improved file, key, process and thread handle properties
  • Added DPI Awareness column
  • Added new Windows 8.1 process protection information
  • KProcessHacker is no longer needed for highlighting of GUI threads
  • Added suspend count for threads on Windows 8.1
  • Updated DotNetTools plugin:
  • Improved .NET assembly enumeration timeout handling

FIXED:

  • Service start type and error control are never updated if modified outside of Process Hacker
 
FreewareFiles Clean Award FreewareFiles tested Process Hacker 2.33 on 2013-12-27 using leading antivirus scanners and found it 100% Clean.


User Reviews
"What nweightman said"


Reviewer: -BXF    Review Date: 2011-08-28
 
Average Rating (40 Votes )
4.38
Pros:  I installed this based on nweightman's review, as I was getting PO'ed with Process Explorer taking too long to start (several seconds at times on my machine). I'm not disappointed.

Cons:  None.

Other Thoughts:  Starts instantly, just like Process Explorer used to.
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