Spies and Monitors

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This page covers third party tools for monitoring.

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Pointer2.png Process Explorer: show opened handles and loaded dll's Pointer.png

Free tool to show which handles are opened or which dll's are loaded for the current running processes.
It offers also views for memory usage and CPU utilisation.

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You can find info and download link here :
Process Explorer website

Pointer2.png Process Monitor: show file (IO), registry and process/thread activity Pointer.png

Free tool to show activity of process file access, disc IO, access to registry and process activity.
It combines the features of legacy tools Regmon and Filemon.

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You can find info and download link here :
Process Monitor website

Pointer2.png Winspector: show window messages and hierarchies Pointer.png

Free tool to show messages on windows and the window hierarchy of running processes.
Resembles the good old Spy++ tool, but offers more features.

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You can find info and download link here :
Winspector website

Pointer2.png Portmon: monitor and display serial and parallel port activity Pointer.png

Free tool to show activity on serial and parallel ports of a system.

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You can find info and download link here :
Portmon website

Pointer2.png Dependency Walker: builds a hierarchical tree diagram of all dependent modules (dll, exe, ocx etc) Pointer.png

Dependency Walker is a free utility that scans any 32-bit or 64-bit Windows module (exe, dll, ocx, sys, etc.) and builds a hierarchical tree diagram of all dependent modules.
For each module found, it lists all the functions that are exported by that module, and which of those functions are actually being called by other modules.
Another view displays the minimum set of required files, along with detailed information about each file including a full path to the file, base address, version numbers, machine type, debug information, and more.

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You can find info and download link here :
Dependency Walker website

Pointer2.png GDIView: displays the list of GDI handles (brushes, pens, fonts, bitmaps, and others) opened by every process Pointer.png

It displays the total count for each type of GDI handle, as well as detailed information about each handle.
Nice feature is to display changes only (delta's) which helps in quickly finding leaks.
This tool can be useful for developers that need to trace GDI resources leak in their software

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You can find info and download link here :
GDIView