Process Notifier, Email Notifications When Processes Start Or Close

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 19, 2011
Software, Windows, Windows software

You sometimes may need to make sure that a process is running all the time on the Windows operating system. Or, you want the exact opposite, make sure that a process is not running. Process monitoring software like Microsoft's Process Monitor can aid the admin and users in that task.

Process Notifier is a lightweight portable alternative that can monitor one or multiple processes and notify the user via email if a process is started, closed, not found or found.

The program minimizes directly on startup, a right-click on the system tray icon displays all available options. A click on "Processes to Monitor" opens the configuration window where new processes can be added to the monitoring software.

processes to monitor

You basically add the process executable file and configure the process state that you want monitored. It is optionally possible to add the process path to the software if you want to restart it in case it was found to be not running or closed on the system.

You can theoretically use the software to auto-restart processes that get terminated on the system. The email notifications are configured with a click on "E-Mail Settings". Here it is important to add the recipient's email address and the SMTP server settings.

The message subject and body can be customized. Both make use of placeholders that are listed in the menu as well. A screenshot can be attached to the system as well.

e-mail settings

There are two additional configuration menus that you should look at. First the scan interval menu which defines the scan intervals on the system. The default value is set to 1 hour which many users may want to reduce, especially if they want to make sure that a process is always running on the system. A new interval in minutes can be configured for that.

The program preferences finally define if email and system tray notifications are enabled (which they are by default), if events are written to a text log and if all processes are scanned at startup.

Users can use the right-click menu to scan for processes manually.

Process Notifier is a lightweight program that is available as a 32-bit and 64-bit application for all recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. The program is very robust despite that it has been released in version 0.0.2 beta by the developer. Windows users can download the portable software from the developer website.


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  1. Martin said on March 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    An even quicker way to open Task Manager is by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

  2. archie bald said on March 12, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Win+Pause used to be the goto shortcut for me since… W95… Ms recently hijacked it and you now get Sysinfo. Device manager is still accessible this way: the second to last link at the bottom.

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