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ProcessFinder is a simple yet useful tool that can be used to track down malicious process that may be running on your computer. It shows you where all the running processes/programs are located on your hard drive and even takes you there in Finder. If it is invisible, you can make it visible so you can easily disable any program/process you don't want running on your computer.


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Macnews Member IconComment+77

To the developer:

You would have a killer utility here *if* you would enable it to recognize ALL processes running under ALL users, including root, include the capability not only to track down the offending source, visible or invisible, in *any* location on the hard drive (protected and unprotected), implement a kill capability for all processes, including root, and make the interface more friendly than that of Activity Monitor.

I'd be willing to pay for that capability, as the need for such a product *WILL* arise, given the Mac's burgeoning marketshare. You will have a head start on other, 'me too' developers. This was the case with Little Snitch. I was a very early adopter of that product. Objective Development carved out an early niche, and nobody (not even Intego) has been able to dethrone them.

Do it, refine it, and people *will* pay for it.

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Version 1.0
reverb Member IconReview+3

ProcessFinder is a nice little idea that unfortunately doesn't deliver.

The description says, "It shows you where all the running processes/programs are located on your hard drive." This is not correct. Process Finder only shows processes that are run under your user account -- and not even all of them. For example, if you run emacs in the Terminal, it doesn't show up in Process Finder.

The author says that finding a "malicious process" is a reason to use this app. But that only happens if the process is run under your account, and if it's the type of program that Process Finder knows how to see. Otherwise you won't know. Hackers often run their programs as root, or under another account.

Also, there isn't any malware for Mac OS X that can spread on its own, so it's unlikely you'd get a "malicious process" on your Mac in the first place.

If you really want to see what's running on your computer, use the Activity Monitor program included in Mac OS X, or run the Terminal commands "ps -ax" or "ps -aux". These tools are free and accurate.

The only thing they don't do is reveal the program's location in the Finder. I think that's a good niche for a freeware utility -- but not a $10 app.

In its favor, ProcessFinder is easy to use. It would be nice if the interface followed Apple's standards more closely. Even though it's written in RealBasic, it was actually stable and didn't crash for me.

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Version 1.0
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Worthless, certainly not worth $9.95. This is a poor attempt at being a process monitoring tool, there are so many others out there that are better, including Apple's /Utilities/ActivityMonitor that's included with the OS for free. The two "features" mentioned (revealing the file in Finder, making the file visible) are not needed for any of the other tasks used for process monitoring or handling. The developer didn't even compile the application correctly, making it about 14 times too large. This is not even worth the bandwidth used to download it.

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Version 1.0
Mien Software (Developer)

I think you misunderstood the purpose of this program. It is not to be used as a process monitoring or handling tool. We are not trying to replace Activity Monitor. In fact, it is a good tool to use along side Activity Monitor.

The real usefulness of the program comes when you have a suspicious looking process that is using up a lot of resources (processing, bandwidth, RAM, etc.) when looking at it from Activity Monitor.

What do you do when you find these types of processes? Well this is where ProcessFINDER comes in handy. It allows you to find where a program is running from. Usually these harmful programs are invisible and have a different name than what Activity Monitor shows. You simple select the process, set it to VISIBLE, and reveal in Finder.

Now you can take the appropriate action.

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Downloads 2,296
Version Downloads 1,883
License Shareware
Date 20 Jul 2005
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price $9.95
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