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I am used to use System Explorer 1.5 to monitor my PC. It provides:

  1. A CPU usage icon on task tray.
  2. A performance graph including CPU/MEM/Swap/Pages faulted/IO reads writes, also shows the process name which uses the most resources. So it's easy to check what's going on with my PC when a certain process slowing down the whole system.
  3. In processes list, typing partial process name can filter out and narrow down to find a certain process.

But for some reason, the System Explorer causes the Kaspersky keep scanning my PC and never stops until I close System Explorer.

Before I found how to resolve this issue, I want to look for an alternative to System Explorer.

I tried Sysinternals Process Explorer, but it doesn't meet 2 & 3. Also it uses 10M memory and 30M swap which is relative high to System Explorer 4M/8M.

Is there any good process monitor tool? Thanks.

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Process Hacker is a good alternative.

Process Hacker is a feature-packed tool for manipulating processes and services on your computer.

Key features of Process Hacker:

  • A simple, customizable tree view with highlighting showing you the processes running on your computer.
  • Detailed performance graphs.
  • A complete list of services and full control over them (start, stop, pause, resume and delete).
  • A list of network connections.
  • Comprehensive information for all processes: full process performance history, thread listing and stacks with dbghelp symbols, token information, module and mapped file information, virtual memory map, environment variables, handles, ...
  • Full control over all processes, even processes protected by rootkits or security software. Its kernel-mode driver has unique abilities which allows it to terminate, suspend and resume all processes and threads, including software like IceSword, avast! anti-virus, AVG Antivirus, COMODO Internet Security, etc. (just to name a few).
  • Find hidden processes and terminate them. Process Hacker detects processes hidden by simple rootkits such as Hacker Defender and FU.
  • Easy DLL injection and unloading - simply right-click a process and select "Inject DLL" to inject and right-click a module and select "Unload" to unload!
  • Many more features...

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Sysinternals Process Explorer is a good alternative.

You may want to watch 2 snapsnots below for an impression:

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They (Process Explorer, and some other useful small apps) can be found on Microsoft - Sysinternals.

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The questioner says: "I tried Sysinternals Process Explorer, but it doesn't meet 2 & 3. Also it uses 10M memory and 30M swap which is relative high to System Explorer 4M/8M." – Mehper C. Palavuzlar Aug 15 '10 at 18:07

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