Process Monitor 3.86 for Windows

by Sysinternals

Avg. Rating 4.5 (448 votes)

File Details

File Size 3.3 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows (All)
Date Added
Total Downloads 64,121
Publisher Sysinternals
Homepage Process Monitor

Publisher's Description

Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. It combines the features of two legacy Sysinternals utilities, Filemon and Regmon, and adds an extensive list of enhancements including rich and non-destructive filtering, comprehensive event properties such session IDs and user names, reliable process information, full thread stacks with integrated symbol support for each operation, simultaneous logging to a file, and much more. Its uniquely powerful features will make Process Monitor a core utility in your system troubleshooting and malware hunting toolkit.

Latest Reviews

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v3.02 on Jun 29, 2012

Another Sysinternals gem. Requires slight intelligence to use & can be most useful to see what's happening on a system - Another must have ~

jcollake

jcollake reviewed v3.02 on Jun 28, 2012

One of those essential tools for any number of technical needs. Any time you need to know exactly what a process is accessing (registry, file, other I/O), this is your go to app. Of course, the sheer amount of information it collects means you will need to use filters, and know what you are doing in order to interpret the results. That is probably why there was user confusion. It is simply not a tool designed for end users, it is for technician level users and above.

rjparker1

rjparker1 reviewed v2.95 on Apr 13, 2011

-Starting this program will merely start harddisk and registry activity ad infinity by itself, thus it is worthless at actually finding out what is happening.-

Wilfried is a COMPLETE Idiot. Of course it wont do YOUR job for you, stupid ass, it's a TOOL you babbling baffoon. It is to diagnose read/writes. That is a GOOD place to start to find out what programs are causing system slow downs.

Despite what Wilfried the dork has to say, Sysinternals makes GREAT tools, no equal

Campaign to initiate deletion of stupid posts!

soldier1st

soldier1st reviewed v2.93 on Oct 2, 2010

A very good diagnostic type app but of course to make full use of it you need to know how to use it.

Sativarg

Sativarg reviewed v2.92 on Aug 31, 2010

RE: process monitors overhead "activity ad infinity"
The default filter settings remove "self" activity from the visable display. Yes Process Monitor has an impact as it works but the information it provides is well worth the slight impact it introduces.

RE:Process Monitor v2.92: This update adds a toolbar button that makes the process tree dialog more accessible. In order to make it easy to zoom in on a particular time range in a trace, it also introduces two quick-filter context menu items that enable you to filter out events before or after a selected event.

Wilfried

Wilfried reviewed v2.7 on Oct 5, 2009

Starting this program will merely start harddisk and registry activity ad infinity by itself, thus it is worthless at actually finding out what is happening.

tannenwheel

tannenwheel reviewed v2.5 on Jul 26, 2009

wow, streamentry! makes live more interesting, immediately.

Undesired Username

Undesired Username reviewed v2.02 on Oct 30, 2008

I use Filemon and Regmon as well, but only because they're much easier and faster to use when I only want to watch FSO or registry activity.

coolticker

coolticker reviewed v2.01 on Oct 18, 2008

Very good and usefull !

But I still need to use the "old" FileMon and RegMon because ProcessMonitor now only work starting Win2K SP4 Rollup 1 (SP4 seems not enought) and it crashes on machines running Kaspersky anti-virus whenever you disable it, you must fully uninstall, may be because klif.sys driver is still started if you only disable/quit Kasperske (I have seen other poeple with same problem on sysinternals forum).

italyx

italyx reviewed v2.01 on Oct 17, 2008

It just the answer to the question: what's going on right now?
Useful and indispensable.

Avg. Rating 4.5 (448 votes)
Your Rating
Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v3.02 on Jun 29, 2012

Another Sysinternals gem. Requires slight intelligence to use & can be most useful to see what's happening on a system - Another must have ~

jcollake

jcollake reviewed v3.02 on Jun 28, 2012

One of those essential tools for any number of technical needs. Any time you need to know exactly what a process is accessing (registry, file, other I/O), this is your go to app. Of course, the sheer amount of information it collects means you will need to use filters, and know what you are doing in order to interpret the results. That is probably why there was user confusion. It is simply not a tool designed for end users, it is for technician level users and above.

rjparker1

rjparker1 reviewed v2.95 on Apr 13, 2011

-Starting this program will merely start harddisk and registry activity ad infinity by itself, thus it is worthless at actually finding out what is happening.-

Wilfried is a COMPLETE Idiot. Of course it wont do YOUR job for you, stupid ass, it's a TOOL you babbling baffoon. It is to diagnose read/writes. That is a GOOD place to start to find out what programs are causing system slow downs.

Despite what Wilfried the dork has to say, Sysinternals makes GREAT tools, no equal

Campaign to initiate deletion of stupid posts!

soldier1st

soldier1st reviewed v2.93 on Oct 2, 2010

A very good diagnostic type app but of course to make full use of it you need to know how to use it.

Sativarg

Sativarg reviewed v2.92 on Aug 31, 2010

RE: process monitors overhead "activity ad infinity"
The default filter settings remove "self" activity from the visable display. Yes Process Monitor has an impact as it works but the information it provides is well worth the slight impact it introduces.

RE:Process Monitor v2.92: This update adds a toolbar button that makes the process tree dialog more accessible. In order to make it easy to zoom in on a particular time range in a trace, it also introduces two quick-filter context menu items that enable you to filter out events before or after a selected event.

Wilfried

Wilfried reviewed v2.7 on Oct 5, 2009

Starting this program will merely start harddisk and registry activity ad infinity by itself, thus it is worthless at actually finding out what is happening.

tannenwheel

tannenwheel reviewed v2.5 on Jul 26, 2009

wow, streamentry! makes live more interesting, immediately.

Undesired Username

Undesired Username reviewed v2.02 on Oct 30, 2008

I use Filemon and Regmon as well, but only because they're much easier and faster to use when I only want to watch FSO or registry activity.

coolticker

coolticker reviewed v2.01 on Oct 18, 2008

Very good and usefull !

But I still need to use the "old" FileMon and RegMon because ProcessMonitor now only work starting Win2K SP4 Rollup 1 (SP4 seems not enought) and it crashes on machines running Kaspersky anti-virus whenever you disable it, you must fully uninstall, may be because klif.sys driver is still started if you only disable/quit Kasperske (I have seen other poeple with same problem on sysinternals forum).

italyx

italyx reviewed v2.01 on Oct 17, 2008

It just the answer to the question: what's going on right now?
Useful and indispensable.

poisonu

poisonu reviewed v2.0 on Oct 1, 2008

Superb tool...
Btw, Process Monitor has Never supported Win 9x....

analphatester

analphatester reviewed v1.35 on Jun 27, 2008

uuuuuh
win9x end ?
whyyyyyy ?

belthurgp

belthurgp reviewed v1.34 on Jun 24, 2008

eaves

easy solution. Write your own which can show that DRM process you are talking about !!

Zenphic

Zenphic reviewed v1.32 on Apr 17, 2008

Works very well and gives much more information and flexibility than Task Manager. For those who think that it is too complicated, maybe you shouldn't be using this software :P

arossetti

arossetti reviewed v1.32 on Apr 17, 2008

Agreed. Still awesome and indispensible.

n8thegr8

n8thegr8 reviewed v1.32 on Apr 17, 2008

eaves

Review the product, not the owner. The sysinternals tools have not been affected by the MS takover at all. Do not let your biased hate affect the review.

Easily a 5

eaves

eaves reviewed v1.32 on Apr 17, 2008

sysinternals.com is now actually microsoft.com. Microsoft now controls the sysinternals suite.

How will we know when Microsoft "fixes" process monitor to display only those processes that microsoft wants us to see, i.e., hiding the DRM processes?

the artist

the artist reviewed v1.32 on Apr 17, 2008

yo! 3 releases in 2 days! ahem...

I don't find it quite useful as it is... It should develop some... more efficient if even more complicated way to manage the information.

c4p0ne

c4p0ne reviewed v1.25 on Oct 4, 2007

F*cking priceless.

Andy Dean

Andy Dean reviewed v1.24 on Sep 28, 2007

I can't think of one bad utility from Sysinternals and this one continues the good run.
I like a few others was concerned when they were acquired by Microsoft but it seems that my concerns were needless. The updates to all their apps continue and the very high quality remains.
5 out of 5 for everything they do.

Higgy

Higgy reviewed v1.23 on Sep 25, 2007

@demetrisk

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armpit

armpit reviewed v1.22 on Sep 5, 2007

A most excellent utility.

demetrisk

demetrisk reviewed v1.22 on Aug 17, 2007

It seems Sysinternals stopped providing changelogs since they were bought by MS.

One point less for this.

flibberyGiveIt

flibberyGiveIt reviewed v1.21 on Aug 9, 2007

Works fine here under Windows XP SP2 IE7.

zyryl

zyryl reviewed v1.21 on Aug 9, 2007

Well, zortonman. It´s still BSOD on this version too.
Sorry pal. It says "for win2000" What difference does it make that its 7 years old OS? This utility has a serious bug. And it is not reliable. And I do not have any Anti virus progs. Could I give "0" I would.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v1.21 on Aug 9, 2007

So it writes to the registry? It's completely portable nevertheless.

shodan816

shodan816 reviewed v1.21 on Aug 9, 2007

It's a fantastic utility, and I would give it a '5' if it only stopped writing settings to the registry and used an INI file instead, making it a completely portable application.

coolticker

coolticker reviewed v1.21 on Aug 9, 2007

Excellent !!!

Note : I also get blue screen with Win2K SP4 but as soon I get rid of Kaspersky Anti-Virus on the machine, it works fine so there is some incompatibility between thoses programs.

Howell

Howell reviewed v1.21 on Aug 9, 2007

As usual with SysInternals : brilliant !

A must-have !

zortonman

zortonman reviewed v1.21 on Aug 9, 2007

In my opinion, this is a top-notch tool, and it is free. I have used it for years on many different systems without any problems, and its overall rating confirms it. Is it devoid of bugs? Of course not. I feel that people should support this software, and its author in general, by reporting bugs.

Giving this software a '1' is simply a power-trip, or a form of compensating for something. There are subtleties in the way software interacts with the O/S and other programs that are difficult for some people to grasp, and lots of bugs are not as simple as they seem. Other factors could include viruses or spyware, although most knowledgeable people run up-to-date anti-virus software.

zyryl

zyryl reviewed v1.2 on Jul 26, 2007

I am getting blue screen every time i start this program. I run it on Win2000 on the P3 processor, but it shoud not matter, I guess. So for me this version gets 1.

robmanic44

robmanic44 reviewed v1.12 on Apr 8, 2007

The best thing to happen to Vista since Avast. If you run Vista you should have this. Many thanks to the coder.

Andy Dean

Andy Dean reviewed v1.12 on Apr 6, 2007

As with all Sysinternals products I can't fault it. I'm only too pleased that the hecklers who derided Mark for going to Microsoft have been proved wrong.

[deXter]

[deXter] reviewed v1.12 on Apr 6, 2007

Possibly the only software of its kind available in the market. Like all other utilities from Sysinternals (now under Microsoft), this one too is top notch. I can't think of a single minus point for this nifty utility.

Anyone who dare give it less than 5.0 should be shot dead. ;)

some guy

some guy reviewed v1.11 on Apr 3, 2007

excellent !
nice for them little try to hides:)

ahjefri

ahjefri reviewed v1.1 on Mar 13, 2007

Excellent tool,,, knowing what's going on behinde the scene ,,

cricri_pingouin

cricri_pingouin reviewed v1.1 on Mar 9, 2007

I only played with it briefly, but it looks fantastic as a replacement for both Regmon and Filemon.
Mark did it again, well done. And glad his job at MS doesn't prevent him from developing more excellent tools.

cricri_pingouin

cricri_pingouin reviewed v7.03 on Jul 14, 2006

Flawless, as usual, i.e. does what it says, very well, from a single file, without needing installation, etc, etc.
All boxes are ticked, hence a 5.

YenTown

YenTown reviewed v7.02 on Jul 14, 2006

Sigh.It will cause a reboot without any alert when you run and click agree button.I use a Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition.

stisev

stisev reviewed v7.02 on Nov 11, 2005

Mark Russinovich for president!

Bachalor

Bachalor reviewed v7.02 on Sep 2, 2005

It helps me a lot, if I want detect what for a software access to files.

zridling

zridling reviewed v7.02 on Aug 30, 2005

Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell are Hall of Fame software guys in my book.

guevara

guevara reviewed v7.02 on Aug 29, 2005

all programs from sysinternals are exelent
and very useful

ranma.2

ranma.2 reviewed v7.02 on Aug 29, 2005

Exelent

The MAZZTer

The MAZZTer reviewed v7.0 on Aug 23, 2005

Another high quality tool! This one helped me fix an installer I downloaded once. It was a Half-Life 2 mod that checked a registry key to make sure Half-Life 2 (and Steam) was installed.

Unfortunately, it checked the wrong key and refused to install!

I was able to use this tool to figure out where it was looking and create the key it was looking for. :)

5/5, excellent tool.

The MAZZTer

The MAZZTer reviewed v7.0 on Aug 23, 2005

Excellent tool. I can use this to see what files any program on my system is accessing or trying to use.

I would PAY for tools like Sysinternals makes. And they're free.

wagner reatto

wagner reatto reviewed v7.0 on Apr 8, 2005

very good as always, everything coming from sysinternals is serious.

Jeffsoft

Jeffsoft reviewed v6.12 on Jan 14, 2005

this a great tools for free, using it for quite long

cricri_pingouin

cricri_pingouin reviewed v6.12 on Nov 29, 2004

I agree with all reviews below: this is a very good piece of software. Along with Regmon (Portmon is good too but I never had to use it myself), it forms part of a toolkit I keep on my hard drive that has proved incredibly useful on more than one occasion.

httpd.confused

httpd.confused reviewed v6.12 on Nov 29, 2004

Custom designed to save your sanity. Good stuff. If I had Mark Russinovich's talents, I'd be selling this stuff instead!

Dirk van Hoofen

Dirk van Hoofen reviewed v6.06 on Jul 8, 2003

Jes, nice tool. And thx to the authors, that it was distributed as FREEWARE

Palomino

Palomino reviewed v6.0 on Mar 20, 2003

Filemon is a 'must have' app. If you want to know where an application is writing/reading file data in real-time, this is the program for you.

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