Task and Process Tools

AnVir Task Manager Free
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-01-30
Version: 7.5.1 – Released: 2013-01-30 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 6.6 MB Portable version available on-site
“Portable Anvir Task Manager Free is a freeware utility software that gives users a comprehensive set of tools to put them in full control of their computer. It gives you detailed information about every process that is running, and about applications running automatically on Windows startup including all hidden applications.
“Features include:
♦ Advanced startup manager
♦ Startup guard
♦ Process manager
♦ And much more . . . ”
Anchor Link CurrProcess
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2009-07-19
Version: 1.13 – Released: 2008-05-22 Windows: 9x, Me, 2000, XP
File Size: 40 KB
“CurrProcess utility displays the list of all processes currently running on your system. For each process, you can view the list of all modules (DLL files) that the process loads into memory. for all processes and modules, additional useful information is also displayed: product name, version, company name, description of the file, the size of the file, and more. In addition, CurrProcess allows you to do the following actions:
¤ Change the priority of a process.
¤ Kill a process.
¤ Dump memory of process into a text file.
¤ Create HTML report containing information about a process with the list of all modules that it loads into memory.
¤ Save the list of all running processes into text or HTML file.
¤ Copy process or module information to the clipboard.
“This utility is a standalone executable, so it doesn’t require any installation process or additional DLLs. Just run the executable (cprocess.exe) and start using it.”
Anchor Link Daphne – Process Manager
License: GNU GPL – Open Source Last Reviewed: 2012-10-24
Version: 1.53 – Released: 2012-10-24 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 7
File Size: 6.3 MB Both 32- and 64-bit versions
“Daphne is an extended task manager, that offers features for terminating, controlling and debugging processes. It allows you to terminate a process by simply dragging the mouse over the window, or by right-clicking the process in the main process list. In addition, you can also terminate multiple processes by using a keyword, or by creating custom kill-lists. Other features include a windows property inspector, options to keep a window on top, set transparency, start/stop services and more.”
Anchor Link KillProcess
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2009-09-02
Version: 2.44 – Released: 2009-09-02 Windows: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7
File Size: 1.8 MB
“KillProcess allows you to terminate just about any process or service that is running on your computer. You can either select it from a list and terminate it manually, or create kill lists that contain multiple process names, and even have the program terminate a process on sight whenever it is started. In addition to terminating processes, you can also review detailed process information, launch a Google search, show/hide windows and set process priority. KillProcess provides an efficient interface and various settings to customize the behavior, including some optional sound effects.”
Anchor Link Process Explorer
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-02-07
Version: 15.3 – Released: 2013-02-05 Windows: XP, 2003, and higher
File Size: 1.1 MB Portable
Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded. The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top 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.”
Anchor Link Process Hacker
License: Free – Open Source Last Reviewed: 2013-01-14
Version: 2.30.5267 – Released: 2013-01-14 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 2.6 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
Portable version available on-site
“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.”
Anchor Link Process Library
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-07-19
“Uniblue’s free and comprehensive online Process Library resource is for anyone who immediately wants to know the exact nature and purpose of any and every single process that is—or should not be—running on your PC.”
Anchor Link Process Manager
License: Shareware – $16.00 Last Reviewed: 2013-04-21
Version: 6.30 – Released: 2013-04-20 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 1.1 MB
“EF Process Manager lets you easily see what’s happening behind the desktop, which processes are running, and all modules which are loaded. It lets you close normally or kill any running process, register and unregister modules, complete information about process and modules, see Windows error codes, consult environment variables, search for modules on the disk, and export the information for further use in Excel.”
Anchor Link Process Monitor
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-03-28
Version: 3.04 – Released: 2013-03-27 Windows: XP, 2003, and higher
File Size: 1.08 MB
“Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon and Regmon, and adds an extensive list of enhancements including rich and non-destructive filtering, comprehensive event properties such session IDs and user names, reliable process information, full thread stacks with integrated symbol support for each operation, simultaneous logging to a file, and much more. Its uniquely powerful features will make Process Monitor a core utility in your system troubleshooting and malware hunting toolkit.”
Anchor Link ProcessActivityView
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-08-02
Version: 1.12 – Released: 2012-08-02 Windows: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7
File Size: 48 KB Portable
Both 32- and 64-bit versions
“ProcessActivityView creates a summary of all files and folders that the selected process tries to access. For each file that the process access, the following information is displayed: Number of times that the file was opened and closed, number of read/write calls, total number of read/write bytes, the dll that made the last open-file call, and more… ”
Anchor Link Task Lists
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2009-07-19
“A comprehensive list of Windows processes, and descriptions, running in your computer.”
Anchor Link Task List Programs
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2010-02-26
Windows: NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista
“Through our IT Consultancy, Support and HelpDesk Services we often come across problems caused primarily by programs running in the background, programs which in most cases are started automatically when Windows boots up. 65% of problems we solve are caused by such programs. Sometimes these programs are useful and need to be there; quite often, however, they are not needed, and in too many cases they cause severe problems, and this includes some Microsoft Services!
“The pages below are from our in-house database and provide guidance on the usefulness or not of these programs and services, and removal procedures when recommended”
Anchor Link Task Manager DeLuxe
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-03-28
Version: 1.7.7 – Released: 2013-03-27 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 1.1 MB Both 32- and 64-bit versions
“Task Manager DeLuxe (TMX) is based on MiTeC System Information Component Suite and offers powerful features available in standard Windows Task Manager in lightweight portable package with many more enhancements. It needs no installation and leaves no tracks in system so it can be easily used as portable application everywhere. There is also AutoRefresh feature providing automatic refreshing of current screen in defined interval. Session viewer contains automatic session journal which logs every session login, logout, lock and status change. It is useful especially on terminal servers to watch how users connect and disconnect to their desktops.
“TMX offers browsing and administration of following domains:
• Processes
• Windows
• Services
• Sessions
• Autoruns
• Environment
• System information and performance”
Anchor Link TaskInfo
License: Free for Personal Use Last Reviewed: 2012-05-02
Version: – Released: 2012-05-01 Windows: All
File Size: 2.8 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“TaskInfo is a poweful utility that combines and improves features of Task Manager and System Information tools. It visually monitors (in text and graphical forms) different types of system information in any Windows system in real time. TaskInfo shows information about all running processes and threads including ring0 VxD threads. TaskInfo also shows detailed system information. Many types of information are presented in graphical form.”
[ There are many other features provided by the program! It’s just impossible to include a full list of them here. See the Web site for details; Ed. ]
Anchor Link TaskSwitchXP Pro
License: GNU GPL – Open Source Last Reviewed: 2008-09-06
Version: 2.0.11 – Released: 2006-08-08 Windows: XP, 2003
File Size: 394 KB
“TaskSwitchXP is an advanced task management utility that picks up where the standard Windows Alt+Tab switcher leaves off. It provides the same functionality, and adds visual styles to the dialog and also enhances it by displaying thumbnail preview of the application that will be switched to. TaskSwitchXP also has a powerful process and window management capability that allows you quickly to close/minimize applications and their groups. The unique capabilities of TaskSwitchXP make it useful for tracking down multitudinous windows, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.”