A Superb PC Troubleshooting Tool

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Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open?  It's a useful way to find out what's running on your PC, what each program is doing, and why your machine is running slowly.  And the best way to find out all this data has always been Process Explorer, a free utility from the Sysinternals team at Microsoft.  The program is now up to release 16.04.
 
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.
 
The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems, and provide insights into the way Windows and applications work.  It's a free download from https://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx of around 1 MB and the program is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust.

If you've ever wondered just how many background programs are running on your PC at any one time, this is the utility that will tell you.  And if you need to track down the program which is causing a specific symptom on your computer, such as advertising panels being displayed, this is the best way to help find out.  Plus, if any of the programs arouse your suspicions, you can check them with VirusTotal with just a single right-click on the filename.

 

 

 

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