Process Hacker 2.39.124

4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 (240 votes)


Windows 7/Server 2003/Server 2008/Vista/XP / Open Source / 20,922 downloads

Process Hacker is a free and open source process viewer with powerful process termination and memory searching/editing capabilities. It can show you information about processes, services, modules, handles, and more.

Reviews of Process Hacker

  1. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.31 (Jul 29, 2013)

    Best soft.

  2. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.26 (Dec 30, 2011)

    This is pretty good software, and I use it instead of the default task manager in Windows 7. What's cool about it is that it's portable and I don't have to install it to use all the features. What I don't get is why this is labeled as "Shareware"?? I think that's a mistake that needs to be corrected. Otherwise, this is a really good program. Definitely highly recommended!

  3. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.26 (Dec 30, 2011)

    The bomb.

  4. 5 out of 5 stars
    Joseph A

    Reviewing 2.26 (Dec 29, 2011)

    A good process explorer program.

  5. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.24 (Nov 22, 2011)

    A more-powerful replacement for Process Explorer.

    Lives in my tray at boot, and has never failed to work in any way, nor has it ever frozen or created a BSOD. This is a really nice piece of software.

  6. 5 out of 5 stars
    The Seeker 11

    Reviewing 2.22 (Sep 19, 2011)

    As much as I love Process Explorer, I love this just a little more.

  7. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.20 (Aug 26, 2011)

    Simply GREAT and constantly evolving.

  8. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.19 (Aug 25, 2011)

    This tool is great.
    Few Suggestion...
    1) Since v2.18 i think, PE has introduced some big lag issues.
    Example: When there is going to a lot of processes opened or closed, PE uses 100% Cpu couple of sec and then it comes back down. Mouse Spikes also occur because of PE. Tried with/out plugins Enabled.
    2) You might consider fixing some memory leaks & Cpu Spikes as a priority instead of adding new features.

  9. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.18 (Jul 11, 2011)

    GO, WJ32! Great job. Thank you for this excellent software.

  10. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.16 (May 30, 2011)

    Superb! Process Hacker (PH) does every bit as good a job as Process Explorer -- PLUS, when you want to kill a process, PH will absolutely kill it. Reason: PH has several deadly "kill" routines whereas Process Explorer has but one.

  11. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.15 (May 9, 2011)

    Long as I've been using Windows 7, I've been using System Explorer as my task manager, and it's a pretty good software, especially since it's free. However, lately it doesn't seem to work for me the way I want it to, so I just downloaded this and decided to give it a shot. I think I like Process Hacker a lot better than the other free alternatives, plus it's a lot more simple for me to use. I'll give it a go for a while and see how it goes. So far, so good.

  12. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.13 (Mar 15, 2011)

    Process Explorer on steroids! I use this every day. Worth trying...

  13. 5 out of 5 stars
    The Seeker 11

    Reviewing 2.13 (Mar 14, 2011)

    Chicks dig Process Hacker.

  14. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.13 (Mar 14, 2011)

    Excellent process and service manager and OS monitor.

  15. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.8 (Nov 2, 2010)

    This really is a great piece of software. I've used it help me bypass a few things that prehaps shouldn't have been bypassable. Thanks for making this great tool available to everyone.

  16. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.6 (Sep 29, 2010)

    Also, the option to collapse services on start is the icing on the cake.
    Deserves a 10+ & I haven't even touched the plugins once.

  17. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.5 (Sep 20, 2010)

    Works perfectly. Plugins disabled by default, doesn't try to connect, looks great, and starts faster than did process x.

  18. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.4 (Sep 13, 2010)

    Loving the new "Extended Notifications" plugin. Thank you, wj32.

  19. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0 (Jul 20, 2010)

    glad you dropped the ms framework and of course we will report bugs and problems that you can fix.

  20. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0 (Jul 19, 2010)

    It seems there is no way to completely pause the update of the main window, and Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Sh1ft+Tab don't flip between the Processes/Services/Network tabs, but overall I'm really appreciating it. Thank you, wj32.

  21. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta (r3385) (Jul 16, 2010)

    @anomoly: I'm not here to spoon-feed you software, but I do care about bugs in Process Hacker. So why don't you at least give me some basic specs so I can try to fix it? And please don't rate a version you haven't even tried.

  22. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta (r3385) (Jul 16, 2010)

    Previous versions keep crashing. Starts up much faster than process x.
    First version at one point after several boots decided it would no longer run while actually running in tsk mgr. Next release seemed to fix that but then when I needed it to kill a task it again failed to run at all again. 3rd release did it again.

    I use sharpe shell which has it's own version of an explorer.exe on a 3.0 intel cpu under 1gig ddr400 with attached geforce 6200 agp card.
    5 for being a great alt to process x and very easy on the eyes.
    Using it now and it is only open when I call on it. Disabled kernal mode driver in this latest release which I think may be the culprit, I don't know.
    To zex below. It has always had a replace tsk mgr option just like process x

    After a review without using the kernal mode I noticed it will try to connect every time you start your pc even if it's not running!
    Only deleting the folder it sits in fixes that. As well if it has a problem starting it will lock the pc up so you won't even be able to use process x.
    Thanks but no thanks.

  23. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta (r3354) (Jul 14, 2010)

    Much better then Process Explorer...
    Add a replace Task manager button,
    Make System Information more readable like in Process Explorer, (Make grid more transparent and switch red & green colors for CPU usage)
    Other stuff is great :)

  24. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta (r3318) (Jul 12, 2010)

    Nice. Finally a competitive alternative to process explorer.
    It stll tries to connect but that's OK. I have a good fw.
    Thank You

  25. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta (Jul 10, 2010)

    This is a brilliant utility, and I'm very glad to see it being rewritten in a language that doesn't require a mainframe to run smoothly. This beta works much better on my system than does the current release version.

  26. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta (Jul 9, 2010)

    "when I reopen it it never remembers it's last state."

    Sorry, I screwed up the code. I've nuked it and a new one should be available very soon.

    "Has a desire to 'connect' for some reason and there is no option to turn it off."

    It's the file verification. This should be fixed in the next release though (along with the screwed up settings code).

  27. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 2.0 Beta (Jul 9, 2010)

    Was going to use this instead of process explorer cause it's easy on the eyes but, when I reopen it it never remembers it's last state. Has a desire to 'connect' for some reason and there is no option to turn it off. Even though it says .net is not required, that is what wanted internet access (?). Process explorer remembers window settings which is mandatory. There are a couple nice tabs but if it doesn't require .net, why tf is it still using it ??

  28. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.11 (Mar 29, 2010)

    Granted -- Process Explorer (PE) is the standard against which all Task Managers must be measured.

    Process Hacker (PH) offers several functions not available in PE -- such as sevices info, & connections info, & a kill process capability that (unlike PE) will absolutely kill any process, no matter what is protecting it.

    It runs a bit heavier on cpu than does PE, but (even on my old computer) PH is spry enough to use as a replacement for the Windows ctl-alt-del Task Manager.

    PE rates 5 stars -- always! PH rates 5.0001 stars. (^_^)

  29. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.11 (Jan 26, 2010)

    I monitored this and its stupid .NET Framework. What's the point, really? For an end user, Process Explorer, Autoruns, and the Windows OS offer plenty of info on processes and services, etc. deriseD, apparently you think it is only geniuses like you who read technical magazines and use tools. Not so my bitter friend.

  30. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.10 (Jan 4, 2010)


  31. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.9 (Dec 28, 2009)

    Great product. The easiness of use is it's best feature. Highly recommended

  32. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.8 (Dec 15, 2009)

    @zoro: The 'optimization' is just to make Process Hacker itself load faster, not to make your whole system run faster. This is what .NET apps do. Sorry.

  33. 4 out of 5 stars
    emanresU deriseD

    Reviewing 1.7 (Nov 17, 2009)

    I upgraded from 1.6 to 1.7, and was not very happy to find that my settings had been completely lost. As this is one of my pet peeves, I'm saying bye-bye.

  34. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.6 (Oct 17, 2009)

    Impressive features and nice looking UI, it is a first class resource.

  35. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.6 (Oct 16, 2009)

    @Desired Username: Thanks for telling him the unfortunate truth :D

  36. 5 out of 5 stars
    emanresU deriseD

    Reviewing 1.6 (Oct 15, 2009)

    This is a great product. I have a feeling that it would run much more smoothly if my system wasn't an ancient piece of crap.

    @Zoroaster: Yes, you are dreaming.

  37. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.6 (Oct 15, 2009)

    I have tried soooo... many process managers, this one finally does it. It fits to all my needs and beyond. Moreover, during installation, there is an "optimization" sequence and - am I dreaming or not - the overall stability and speed of my system seems enhanced (kernel-mode driver enabled)...
    Anyway, this is something!

  38. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.6 (Oct 15, 2009)

    Does everything procexp does & more. BUT, too slow and does not die after you close it.
    Fanboy my ass. Punk, procexp just plain works better

  39. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.6 (Oct 15, 2009)

    This is a nice open source .NET task manager. It does its job quite well and represents a fine achievement by the developer(s).

  40. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 1.6 (Oct 15, 2009)

    It's beautiful. Go cry elsewhere Process Explorer fanboys.

    .NET is here to stay. Some apps don't work without certain Delphi or C components (not to mention horrendous java apps), but I don't hear people complaining about it all the time.

  41. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 13, 2009)

    This is a pretty good task manager. The reason it is slow is because it is written in .NET. I do not know if this is appropriate for a task manager, but it does not matter on fast computers. On my slow computer, I prefer non-.NET task managers since they occupy less memory and use less CPU. I guess I am in the minority on this issue and should just buy a new computer.

    This does seem well written. Good job to the developers.

  42. 5 out of 5 stars
    emanresU deriseD

    Reviewing (May 24, 2009)

    I absolutely LOVE this wonderful application, but I hope its performance can somehow be improved. When I use Process Explorer, its window pops up quickly, and refreshes smoothly, even when I use a 500-ms refresh interval. But with Process Hacker, it's much slower, and my system (even the mouse cursor) lags upon refreshing. I do realize that this could be (at least in part) due to some other crap on my system, such as my Logitech drivers.

    There are other things... Like the tray icon process list. This is a great feature, but it's hard to use, since the processes appear in seemingly-random order. They're not in alphabetical order (which would make the most sense to me), they're not ordered by PID, nor even by the user context under which they're running. This makes it difficult to find a particular process when there are many running.

  43. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 24, 2009)

    Whats the point in this tool when Process Explorer (sysinternals) does a better job?

  44. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 24, 2009)

    @emanresU deriseD: I've already asked for PH to remember screen position of the various windows in the Feature requests tracker @ You can report there anything you don't like or you want to change.
    About the performance, yes it's a little heavy program mostly because of .Net. The author has done great improvement in this area, and performance has been enhanced a lot over the different revisions.

  45. 4 out of 5 stars
    emanresU deriseD

    Reviewing (Apr 23, 2009)

    I was expecting just another piece of crap, but I was surprised to find that this is actually a very nice utility. It emulates Process Explorer in many ways (i.e. appearance), but surpasses it in its power (better able to terminate "protected" applications, can show some processes that attempt to hide, lets you view/control services and drivers, etc.).

    My only complaints are:

    * I've found a few bugs, mostly to do with settings and window sizes/positions not being saved.

    * The Esc key doesn't dismiss any of the windows or sub-windows

    * There is no way to display a start date/time for processes (on the Processes tab)

    * There is no way to display numerical process priority assignment (only the "priority class", e.g. "Normal").

    * There are no tray icon options (e.g. physical memory), as in Process Explorer. There's just a CPU tray icon (although it looks better than PE's does.)

    * It's much slower than Process Explorer is on my system. (But admittedly, my system is an ancient single-core 2.1-GHz dinosaur.)

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