Use Process Ex­plorer to man­age your PC

This al­ter­na­tive to Task Man­ager makes Mi­crosoft’s built-in of­fer­ing ob­so­lete, writes Mike VanHelder

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If you use Win­dows, there’s a good chance you’ll have used the built-in Task Man­ager. Whether it’s to kill a frozen process, track down some mal­ware, or fig­ure out what’s eat­ing up all that memory, the Task Man­ager is an in­valu­able tool for any in­ter­me­di­ate or ad­vanced user. But for en­thu­si­asts that want ex­tra con­trol, more in­for­ma­tion, and a host of ex­tra fea­tures, there’s a more pow­er­ful al­ter­na­tive avail­able: Mi­crosoft’s free Process Ex­plorer tool.

Process Ex­plorer isn’t just a su­per­charged ver­sion of Task Man­ager with more in­sight and con­trol over your sys­tem’s pro­cesses. It also in­cludes the abil­ity to sniff out viruses and iden­tify when pro­grams are cling­ing to soft­ware you want to delete.

Part of the Sys­in­ter­nals suite of Win­dows tools (for­merly ‘Win­ter­nals’), Process Ex­plorer can be down­loaded from TechNet a la carte or as part of the en­tire suite. If you plan on com­pletely re­plac­ing the Task Man­ager with Process Ex­plorer – and even­tu­ally you prob­a­bly will – you should get the whole suite. More on that later. Here are just a few of the things you can do with Process Ex­plorer – avail­able at

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