ProcessQuicklink 2: provides instant info on running process, straight from Windows’ Task Manager

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This free utility is brought to you by the people behind the processlibrary.com website. What it does is tweak the Windows Task Manager to add a little green button next to each process in the process list (see screenshot), which when clicked instantly searches processlibrary.com for information on the process you are interested in.

ProcessQuicklink 2 is a tiny app that comes in at less that I meg of memory usage. Process information appears on the processlibrary.com website in your browser.

You may be wondering as to who might need an app like this, so here’s a list

  • People, like myself, who install a whole lot of software and frequently like to check out what is going on in their system
  • Anyone who may be investigating an issue such as erratic windows behavior or potential malware.
  • Ubergeeks in general.

Search box: one thing that appears in the screenshots on the developers’ site that does not appear in my screenshot is a little searchbox built into the Task Manager that can be used to quickly search the processlibrary.com site. I am unsure as to whether that function was since removed or if it simply didn’t work on Windows 7 64bit (where I tested). In any case hope that it is optional, as it seems like too much clutter in the little space that is the task manager.

The verdict: I will have to tip my hat to the people at processlibrary.com for such a brilliant idea so well implemented. I am unclear, however, as to whether this website ranks amongst the most comprehensive of its kind, as it seems that most of the processes on my system simply found no match in their database, necessitating a Google search in order to get any kind of info.

Still, at under 1 meg in memory I am willing to give this little utility a chance and let it live on on my system and hope that this app helps processlibrary.com build up their library. Also it is just so super cool to click a button to get info on a process!

Version Tested: 2.0.0.12

Compatibility: Requires Windows 2000 / 2003 / XP / Vista, an Internet connection and an Internet browser.

Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx 412K).