Sysinternals Process Explorer gets VirusTotal integration

Process Explorer, the popular tool from Microsoft Sysinternals, that picks up where Task Manager leaves off, now offers integration with VirusTotal malware scanning service.


Process Explorer gets VirusTotal integration

Process Explorer has now entered into a collaboration with VirusTotal, that will allow the tool to integrate checking of any process with, simply by right-clicking on the process and selecting Check VirusTotal.

When this feature is enabled, Process Explorer sends the hashes of images and files shown in the process and DLL views to VirusTotal and if they have been previously scanned, reports how many antivirus engines identified them as possibly malicious. Hyperlinked results take you to report pages and you can even submit files for scanning.

Must say that this is a pretty useful new feature that has been introduced in Process Explorer.

For those who are not familiar with this tool, Process Explorer is an advanced process management utility that will show you detailed information about a process including its icon, command-line, full image path, memory statistics, user account, security attributes, and more.

With this integration, now if you doubt if any process that is running is benign or malicious, you  can send the hash of a process to VirusTotal and the interface will show  if any of the anti-virus software detect it as malware.

To enable this feature, open Options > > Check You can also upload files to VirusTotal via this interface, if you check the option to Submit Unknown executables.


Among the several free online malware scanners available, the most popular among them have been Jotti and VirusTotal. It was in September 2012 that Google acquired VirusTotal.

If you are looking for more, then these Task Manager alternative software are sure to interest you.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.


  1. Giorgio Torreggiani

    It is not possible to use this feature in Windows 7 Professional for some reason. Then
    it is useless that they have put it there

  2. Giorgio Torreggiani

    How do you activate this feature in Windows 7 Professional?

  3. I have updated the post towards the end. 🙂

  4. Grumpigeek

    They have ruined a good program.

    Process Explorer 16.0 won’t even run on my Windows 7 64-bit.

    It crashes immediately after I start it. also had problems with it crashing.

  5. Oh … it ran fine on my Windows 8 64-bit. But thank you for the feedback. 🙂

  6. Waster

    That’s what I call ‘Perfectly integrated into Microsoft’ 😉
    But, I think the’ve fixed it (the crash) now.

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