Process Hacker is a free, powerful, multi-purpose tool that helps you monitor system resources, debug software and detect malware. Process Hacker was started in 2008 as an open source alternative to programs such as Task Manager and Process Explorer.
A detailed overview of system activity with highlighting.
Graphs and statistics allow you quickly to track down resource hogs and runaway processes.
Tip: Use Ctrl+I to view system performance information. Move your cursor over a graph to get a tooltip with information about the data point under your cursor. You can double-click the graph to see information about the process at that data point, even if the process is no longer running.
Can’t edit or delete a file? Discover which processes are using that file.
Tip: Use Ctrl+F to search for a handle or DLL. If all else fails, you can right-click an entry and close the handle associated with the file. However, this should only be used as a last resort and can lead to data loss and corruption.
See what programs have active network connections, and close them if necessary.
Get real-time information on disk access.
Tip: This may look very similar to the Disk Activity feature in Resource Monitor, but Process Hacker has a few more features!
View detailed stack traces with kernel-mode, WOW64 and .NET support.
Tip: Hover your cursor over the first column (with the numbers) to view parameter and line number information when available.
Go beyond services.msc: create, edit and control services.
Tip: By default, Process Hacker shows entries for drivers in addition to normal user-mode services. You can turn this off by checking View > Hide Driver Services.
And much more…
Many of you have probably used Process Explorer in the past. Process Hacker has several advantages:
- Process Hacker is open source and can be modified or redistributed.
- Process Hacker is more customizable.
- Process Hacker shows services, network connections, disk activity, and much more!
- Process Hacker is better for debugging and reverse engineering.
System requirements: Windows XP (SP2)/Vista/7/8/10, 32-bit or 64-bit.