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Process Scanner - what's running on your PC?

review from ClifNotes, Mar 2007, permalink System Information PC Activity Monitoring


I see this in the help forums constantly. Someone asks "How do I know what programs or processes are supposed to be running on my PC?" Often times the answer that they get isn't satisfactory.


Over the years, when I've had this question about a specific process, I always went to Google and typed in the following query: "process processname". Usually my query was answered under a link to the processlibrary.com website. Their website is stuffed with information about the programs running on your PC and they've found ways to make money from all of this information.


Thankfully, they don't charge us for everything they know and they've also given us a few free tools to help us deal with those mysterious programs that run in the background.


The Process Scanner utility is a simple and very small download. It doesn't install anything. You only need to double click the EXE file to run it. After you scan your PC, it opens up a web browser and lists all of the running tasks on your computer. When you need info on a specific task, just highlight it in the browser and scroll down to see a section that explains that task in greater detail. The details there include answers to such questions as "Is this program safe or is it spyware?" and "Does this program really need to be running all the time?".


If you like Process Scanner, you may want to try another utility from the folks behind the ProcessLibrary. It's called Quick Access Infobar and it sets up residence inside your Task Manager applet for quick access to all of the same information simply by hitting CTRL-ALT-DEL on your keyboard.


If you use Process Scanner and utilities like WhatsRunning, you'll soon find that you have gained a great deal of control over your operating system.


Quote from the website

Our new Process Scanner brings new interactive functionality to the Process Library. Simply click on the scan button and the Process Scanner deep scans your system online to provide within seconds a complete list of all the processes, .dlls and other items that open on your system on startup, while the system is running, or even those which are programmed to run later.


Note: This program doesn't appear to run on Win9x systems