Wednesday, 22 August 2012

System scanner

System scanner (available from http://www.codeproject.com/w2k/system_scaner.asp) is designed as a replacement to the Task manager.

System Scanner (in the figure below) provides a visual map of a systems Virtual Memory.

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The Windows task manager lacks the ability to fetch more specific info about the processes that is supplied using the System Scanner (such as the IDs of all the threads, handles to DLLs, ability to suspend specific threads of a specific process and, finally, an ability to view a process’ virtual memory map – see figure above).

When a program is started, you are shown the main window which shows all the currently running processes in your system, the number of threads per process and the executable path. The status bar will show you the overall number of running processes. The list will be updated (by default) every 5000 milliseconds. Pressing Enter will force the update of the list.

From the main menu it is possible to force an update of the process list and enter Options where you can customize the refresh time, turn hot track on\off (on by default) and customize the colors of the memory regions in the virtual memory map.

Right-clicking on any of the processes brings up a context menu which will uncover all the features of the program. This uncovers information about the process’ threads, DLLs, virtual memory, set process’ priority and offers a kill process function.

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