Is your computer running slow?

There is a free tool which can be handy in identifying the culprits (applications) who are slowing down your computer. i.e. ” Process Explorer”

You have number of tools / technology for monitoring the applications and resources on your computer such as Task Manager. If you’ve ever tried tracking down a process in Windows Task Manager, you know it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. Process Explorer makes the job a lot easier. This freeware utility displays running processes in an intuitive tree format that includes not only process names, but also program icons and other data, such as description, image, and processor time. That’s incredible and amazingly simple in use.

Process Explorer is a standalone utility – Something which does not require installation in the system in order to run. Just open the program, and it will start displaying the application with resource details.

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To see the most resource / memory thirsty application….. Please open the Process Explorer, it will show a window as shown in the above image.  There are some column header – Process, PID, CPU, Private Bytes, Working Set etc.  Click on ‘Working Set’ in order to sort the list of program in descending order. It will list the most memory thirsty application on the top. 

Following are the features which put Process Explorer ahead of their companions: 

  1. Easy to use – No installation required.
  2. Provide detailed information about a process including its icon, command-line, full image path, memory statistics, user account, security attributes, and more.
  3. Hierarchical view of processes.
  4. Live CPU activity graph in the task bar.

  5. Ability to suspend selected process.

  6. Ability to raise the window attached to a process, thus “unhiding” it.

  7. Complete process tree can be killed.

  8. Interactively alter a service process’ access security

  9. Interactively set the priority of a process

  10. Disambiguate service executables which perform multiple service functions. For example, when the pointer is placed over a svchost.exe, it will tell if it is the one performing automatic updates/secondary logon/etc., or the one providing RPC, or the one performing terminal services, and so on.

  11. It also can identify the process for a given application window or look up a process name in Google–a handy way to spot spyware

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Friends…. no doubt that Process Explorer is an advanced process management utility that picks up where Task Manager leaves off. It is the best alternative of Task Manager.

Developer(s) Sysinternals, Microsoft
Stable release v15.23 / October 3, 2012;
Operating system Windows XP, 2003, Vista, 7 and x64 versions
Website to download


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