Essential Software: Process Quicklink

There have been many times that I have grown suspicious of a given process, perhaps because of its’ resource consumption, or merely on the grounds of its’ name and the possibility of it being malicious.  What I wanted was a quick and convenient way to be able to know whether the process was malicious or not, and which program it was associated with.  With Windows Task Manager, information on running processes is limited.  For instance, in Vista you get info on the path to the executable and you can track resource consumption, but a description of the process is brief and, beyond most common programs is often just a name and no more – meaning you have to do a bit of online research. 

Comprehensive Process Information

Process Quicklink from Uniblue is a tiny plug-in that integrates into Windows Task Manager.  This tool provides you with an easy means of performing a lookup on each listed process within the processes tab of Windows Task Manager via a new column containing little ‘i’ (Information) buttons.  When you find a process that you are interested in, you simply click on the adjacent ‘i’ button.  You are then directed to a page on the Uniblue http://processlibrary.com website specifically addressing information on that process. 

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Here is an example of me looking up info on the process; CSRSS.EXE:

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As you can see from the second image, the information on each process is very comprehensive and you are also provided with a threat rating on the items in question regarding the degree of security risk each process poses to your system.  You are also given the opportunity to run a system scan for errors concerning the file in question, and (more generally) a free registry and performance scan for your system. 

  • The Process Library database is updated on a weekly basis. 
  • The tools’ integrated search, allows you to not only look up processes, but also .dll files
  • Uniblue is a recognised Microsoft Gold Certified Partner (more info on site).

Note: Not surprisingly, the ProcessLibrary.com website also has a search box for the same information, as well as an alphabetical listing.  Also, I noticed with my installation of the program in Vista 64-bit, that it didn’t incorporate the search box that you see in the top image of this article labelled ‘2’.  Instead, it is accessible via the systray (right-end of Windows Taskbar) by right-clicking the ‘i’ – no big deal. 

Version at the time of writing: 2.0.0.12
Supports: Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista,
Requires: an Internet connection and an Internet browser

Here is the URL:
Process Quicklink

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2 Responses to “Essential Software: Process Quicklink”

  1. […] you could use Process QuickLink mentioned in a recent article of mine as a convenient means of researching information on each […]

  2. Not that I’m totally impressed, but this is a lot more than I expected when I found a link on Delicious telling that the info here is quite decent. Thanks.

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