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Task Explorer - An Advanced Task Manager for hackers

Since Task explorer went a long way from a first preview build till now, I thought it would better fit into this section of the forum, so lets continue here.

Task Explorer is an advanced Task Manager tool with emphasis on, not just monitoring what applications are running, but on finding out what applications are doing.

Screenshot: https://i.ibb.co/q5406rC/1.png

The UI focuses on expedience and getting real time data of what the processes are doing at any given moment. Relevant data are provided in easy to access (as less clicks as possible) panels, with no need to open windows or windows of sub windows, instead additional information’s for selected entries are shown in the lower half of the panel. Allowing to browse the detailed information’s using arrow keys. And most data are refreshed continuously, as seeing the dynamic of values often grants additional insight.

The Thread Panel contains a stack trace for the selected thread giving even more insight in wat the selected application is doing right now. This is also very useful to debug deadlocks or performance issues. The processes memory can be viewed and edited from the Memory Panel, which provides an advanced memory editor and string search capability. In the Handles Panel all open handles are shown, with useful information’s like file name the current file position and size, these allow to see what a program is actually working on right now disk wise. The Socket Panel shows all open connections/sockets per process providing also data rate information, in the settings one can enable the display of pseudo UDP connections created from ETW data. That is every destination endpoint for UDP packets will be shown as an own entry in the sockets panel allowing to monitor with whom a program is communicating. The Modules Panel shows all loaded dll’s and memory mapped files, allowing to unload them as well as to inject a dll. And many more panels like Token, Environment, Windows, GDI, .NET, etc….
By double clicking on a process, the Task Info panels can be opened in a separate window enabling the viewing of properties of multiple processes simultaneously.

The system monitor aspect of the application is also well developed. The toolbar provides decently sized graphs providing not just CPU usage but also usage of Objects, handles, network and IO/disk access. The system info panels show All Open Files in the system, All Open Sockets by programs, and the services Panel allows viewing and controlling all system services including drives. The performance panels for CPU, Memory, Disk I/O, Network and GPU provide large graphs showing the usage of system resources in a detailed manner.
The System info panel can be collapsed completely providing more space for the Task info panels. So Instead being a panel of the main window, or additionally, the system info panels can be opened in an own window using the appropriate toolbar button.

Task Explorer can be found on my GitHub page: https://github.com/DavidXanatos/TaskExplorer its fully Open Source under the GPLv3.0 and is created using the Qt Framework, making its UI platform independent. As at a later point I intent to port the tool to Linux, creating the first advanced GUI based task manager for Linux ever.

The tool is build using the process hacker library and it uses a self-compiled version of the kprocesshacker.sys driver called xprocesshacker.sys, the driver is signed using a “found” code signing certificate. However if preferred by the user the tool can also use the original kprocesshacker.sys driver however then with some limitations as the driver locks some functionality out if the accessing tool is not digitally signed by the process hacker team.

I would appreciate feedback and improvement suggestions / feature requests...
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