Check Windows Processes For Viruses Easily


Process Explorer, from the clever people at SysInternals, has long since been a go-to troubleshooting tool for Windows experts.  It helps you find out which programs and services are running in the background on your PC, along with how much processor time and memory they're taking up.  The tool is a great way to find out just how much stuff your PC is doing in the background, along with running the programs and applications you actually choose.

The latest version of Process Explorer, released in the last couple of months, also includes a handy new feature.  You can now right-click on the name of a program or service, and it'll automatically be submitted to VirusTotal for instant checking.  Within just a few seconds you'll have a display of whether any malware was found in the file, right alongside all the other details about it.  So now you can check not only what's running on your PC, but also get a simple indication as to whether a file whose name you don't recognise might be hiding a nasty surprise.

Process Explorer is free, and is also portable. It's a 1 MB download from and runs on everything from Windows XP to 8.1 (including 64-bit versions).  If you've never used Process Explorer to check out just what your PC is up to, now is the perfect time.



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It didn't work at all for me on Win 7 Home Premium.

I right click on a file in Process Explorer and click on Virus Total AND NOTHING HAPPENS!

I get the "Blue Screen of Yikes" :-) several times a week. Would either of these programs be helpful in determining the cause? I have tried "What Crashed etc." types of programs but am unable to understand the results. I'm not as good with this stuff as most subscribers to Gizmo's are in discerning the results from these types of diagnostic applications.

Check, if there is any BSOD issue similar to yours. If not ask a question, give as much detail as possible like what program was running when it happened, when did it start etc.. Also upload your minidumps and complete system information and provide a link in the question to download.

Minidump files location: C:\Windows\Minidump
To get sys info run msinfo32, from menu > file > export to a text file.

I was surprised when I got a long detailed answer for my issue.

Dude, Process Hacker is WAY more awesome than that. It also has that feature, plus the ability to send to two other virus-checking sites. It has so much more that it can do, it also manages/displays your services, network and disk usage. I also have mine set up so that it displays three dynamic meters in my system tray for GPU, CPU & RAM usage. Then I know why my computer is lagging sometimes or what is using what the most. It's the best process manager out there & I don't think enough people know about it or what it can do.

Process Hacker is extremely good too. Some of the benefits it claims over Process Explorer is: Process Hacker allows you to copy data by simply pressing Ctrl+C. Process Hacker is open source and can be modified or redistributed. Process Hacker does not have several year old bugs that still remain unfixed. Process Hacker is more customizable. Process Hacker shows symbolic access masks (e.g. Read, Write), rather than just numbers (e.g. 0x12019f). Note: I use both as I have not yet decided

This is an excellent new feature of an already excellent program.

The Virus Total integration is not enabled by default though and the first time you use it you will have to agree to Virus Total's ToS. Well worth the small effort.