Task Manager is undoubtedly one of the most frequently used Windows utilities. However, for a utility whose services are required so frequently, the Task Manager isn’t very competent. To be honest, on most occasions it gets the job done and making it feature packed would have perhaps confused novice users. Nevertheless, power users looking for better options would be pleased to learn that there are quite a few capable Task Manager replacements available.
In the past, I have mentioned Process Explorer and YAPM (Yet Another Process Manager). Today, I will look at another similar utility – System Explorer. System Explorer is a free utility, which is also available as a portable app and can be configured to replace the default Windows Task Manager.
System Explorer – Process Monitor
Like most of its competitors, System Explorer provides in-depth information on tasks, processes, modules and services. It even includes a network monitor, which lists all open network connections. The process manager in particular deserves a special mention. Processes are arranged in hierarchal order, which means that you can easily figure out which process is the parent process and which one is the child process. Through various context menu options you can scan suspicious files (using Virustotal and Jotti) or find out more information about them (from SystemExplorer.com, ProcessLibrary.com or Google Search).
System Explorer System Tray Notification
System Explorer provides an astounding number of features and covering them all in a single article is simply impossible. It allows you to do everything from uninstalling Internet Explorer add-ons and deleting shell menu extensions to tracking application behaviour with the built in History tool. Unfortunately, you would have to try it to get an idea about the various possibilities offered by System Explorer.
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Operating System: Windows XP/Vista/7
2 responses to “System Explorer – A Really Powerful Task Manager Replacement for Windows”
Thanks Pallab for including a linkback. It certainly is a pretty useful tool for Windows users.
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I seriously need to invest in one of these programs