Thursday, June 07, 2007

Scope Out Your Running Processes with Process Explorer

Scenario: You're happily working away at your computer when, all of a sudden, you notice a lot more hourglass than arrow. Sluggish has become the most accurate description of your open applications. You are not happy any longer. Curses and threats begin to fill your mind and pour out of your mouth.

Does that sound familiar? Applications can leak memory, and invisible processes can start to run unbeknownst to you. These things happen, and the only way to find the memory thief is to use either Windows Task Manager, a 90-lb weakling, or a free powerhouse snoop like Process Explorer.
The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you'll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you'll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.

The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.
It's an excellent product that does exactly what it's supposed to.

Process Explorer for Windows

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