Frequently Asked Questions
Is "Process Hacker" a dangerous "hacking" tool?No. Please read about the correct definition of "hacker".
Is Process Hacker a portable application?Yes. In the same directory as
ProcessHacker.exe, create a file named
ProcessHacker.exe.settings.xml, settings will then be automatically saved here.
Process Hacker can kill my anti-virus software! Is this a bug in the anti-virus software?No. Anti-virus software does not protect you from yourself. Please do not report these incidents as bugs because you will be wasting their time.
Why is Process Hacker able to kill processes that no other tools can kill?Process Hacker loads a driver that searches for an internal Microsoft kernel function and uses it for process termination. This function is not known to be hooked by malware or security software.
Why is there annoying bug X in Process Hacker? Why is Process Hacker missing feature Y?Please report any bugs or feature requests in the forums.
Why can't I build Process Hacker?The most likely problem is that you do not have the latest Windows SDK installed.
Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 SDK: Windows 8.1 SDK
You can also debug plugins by configured the plugin Solution properties > Debugger options.
Note: This is already configured for all of our plugins but you will need to configure your own plugins.
Symbols don't work properly!Firstly, you need the latest
1) Install the latest Windows SDK (e.g. Windows 10 SDK).
2) Open Process Hacker options via the main menu: Hacker > Options
3) Click Symbols, and locate
Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 SDK:
\Program Files\Debugging Tools for Windows (x86)\
Windows 8 or 8.1 SDK:
\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.x\Debuggers\x86\
\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.x\Debuggers\x64\
Windows 10 SDK:
\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10\Debuggers\x86\
\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10\Debuggers\x64\
SOME_FOLDERwith any folder you can write to, like
D:\Symbols. Now you can restart Process Hacker and view full symbols.