I like the System Explorer application for Windows. I have reviewed it multiple times here on Ghacks and always discovered new features that the author has integrated into the program. Today, System Explorer 4.0 has been released and it too introduces several new features that make it worthwhile writing a news piece about the release.
System Explorer 4.0 is available as a portable version or a version that needs to be installed. The functionality remains the same and the only difference is that the portable version does not register any services or files on the system.
The program at its core is a task manager replacement for the Windows operating system. It performs a scan of all running processes on first start to make sure nothing malicious is running in the background.
The security scan option is listed in the program interface as well so that you can run it again at any time if you want to. The main interface lists Tasks, Processes, Performance and History in tabs by default, with options to add other information such as network connections, users, autoruns or opened files in tabs as well.
Each tab displays lots of information. The performance tab for instance displays the top process in regards to cpu and ram/swap use, the core usage, total RAM use, I/O reads, writes and a lot more.
What I particularly like about the program is that you can send any process or task running on the system to Virustotal or Virusscan, Google, or a file online database. The first two options scan the file with dozens of antivirus engines, the second options reveal additional information about the file.
Other options include opening the directory of a process on the system, changing process affinities and priorities, ending and restarting processes, or configuring all auto start entries on the system.
System Explorer 4.0 introduces the following new features:
System Explorer gets better and better with every release of the program. It is definitely one of the programs that should be on your system. (thanks Ilev)
Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats (video ads) or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.