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System Explorer and System Security Guard – A Review

https://i1.wp.com/careeroptionscoach.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/iStock_000013997777XSmall-focus-magnifying-glass.jpgDepending on which version of Windows Task Manager you use, you may find that it provides you with usable information – or not. Windows Task Manager is most commonly used to display information on all processes running on your computer, as well as advising you of the CPU and memory usage stats for a given process. Additional selective information on running applications, performance, local area connection and information on users, is also available.

But, back to running processes for a moment. What if you need additional information on a running process – or, processes? How, for example, would you determine which processes are safe if you rely on Windows Task Manager?

Running Windows Task Manager in Windows 8 (a major improvement over previous versions), as I’ve done for the following example, is not particularly useful since the only option is a raw online search. Which, in a real sense, is a hit and miss affair. Give it a try with your version of Windows Task Manager – you might be surprised to see just how cumbersome it is.

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Instead, taking advantage of one of the built-in features in the freeware application, System Explorer, is a much more appropriate solution. In the following example, the selected process can easily be checked at VirusTotal, and at VirusScan, directly from within System Explorer.

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It’s unlikely however, that you’ll have to take this extra step – since System Explorer has been designed to automatically rate, and provide details on processes that are listed in the developer’s extensive database.

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Further information can be obtained by clicking on the “See More Details” link which will open the database reference at the developer’s site, as shown below.

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System Explorer is not a one-trick pony since it has the capacity to provide detailed information on Tasks, Processes, Modules, Startups, IE Add-ons, Uninstallers, Windows, Services, Drivers, Connections and Opened Files. For this review I’ve focused on the security aspect and next up is System Explorer’s “Security Scan” which is easily launched from the GUI.

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As you can see in the following screen capture – running processes are checked online against the developer’s extensive database.

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The following screen capture shows a small portion of the 808 processes compared against the developer’s database.

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Additional information on any specific process can easily be obtained by clicking on the “Details” link, as illustrated below.

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One aspect of this application which I found intriguing is the “History” function. Running this function allows the user to view and develop information on currently running processes as well as those process running earlier but which are no longer running.

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System requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7.

Download at: System Explorer Net

Note: also available in a portable version that is just right for geeks on the go.

System Security Guard

System Security Guard, in a broad sense, is very much like the “Security Scan” built into System Explorer. System Security Guard however, as a stand alone small security utility, is designed to run at system startup and automatically scan running processes. As well, all new processes, as they are launched, are scanned.

The results of the initial run with System Security Guard shown below.

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For this review I set the application to run at startup, and the following graphic represents the results following a week or so of automatic running. You’ll note that the application has identified 4 “Threat Files” – which, in reality, is the same file which has been flagged 4 times (each time the application was launched).

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The application (CurrPorts), was flagged for good reason since it behaves in a way similar to that of a remote access Trojan. That is – it connects to the Internet in a peculiar way.

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For illustrative purposes only, I ran the file against the developer’s database. However, since I use this application frequently throughout the day, I’m aware that this is a safe program.

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System requirements: Windows XP, Vista and Win 7.

Download at: the developer’s site.

A big “Thank You” to regular reader Charlie L. for referring me to these applications.

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Replace Task Manger with Free System Explorer

Windows Task Manager falls far short of providing me with the information that I really need to monitor activity such as running tasks, processes, modules, system performance, open files, and particularly open Internet connections on my computer systems.

While there are a number of free tools available, that taken together, can provide information on any of the above, my preference has always been for an all-in one application that provides me with all the information.

Recently, I came across just such a free application; one that gives me all that I need, and more; all in a small package. System Explorer, not only monitors activity as described above but in addition, with a right menu click, provides online information including virus checking for any process, driver or service, from VirusTotal or Jotti.

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Since I am by nature a security freak when it comes to system security on the Internet, System Explorer’s ability to provide me with details on file and process via online databases, and automatic security checking of processes, modules and selected files, is a real bonus.

If you are the type of computer user whose comfort level demands full knowledge of your system’s operations then this neat little program shouldn’t disappoint.

For those users’ who like to carry diagnostic programs on a USB flash drives a portable version is also available.

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Fast facts:

Detailed information on Tasks, Processes, Modules, Startups, IE Add-ons, Uninstallers, Services, Drivers, Connections and Opened Files

Easy check of suspicious files via VirusTotal or Jotti

Easy search details on file/process via online databases

Security Extension for automatic check on processes, modules and selected files

Action History for monitoring processes activities

Performance graphs for monitoring usage of system resources

System Snapshots to monitor system changes

System Report builds rich text report on system

Multilanguage

Plugins Support

System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista

System Explorer is free for both personal and commercial use.

Download at: FileForum

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