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Sysinternals Tools Updates

Once again Mark Russinovitch and company have made updates to some of the SysInternals tools.  There are new versions of Process Monitor (v2.7)procdump (v1.5), VMMap (v2.4), and Autoruns (v9.54).

For those of you who are not familiar with Sysinternals tools...Sysinternals tools allow you to access the guts of windows using easy to use tools.   They are indispensible for malware behavioural analysis and should be in the toolbox of anyone who is needs to troubleshoot Windows issues.

Process Monitor permits monitoring of  file system, registry and process activity in real-time.

Procdump monitors for CPU spikes and hung windows and creates a crash dump which can be used to debug the spike.

VMMap permits analysis of virtual and physical memory requirements of processes.

Autoruns can be used to analyze or debug program startup during boot or login.

Also as of today Filemon and Regmon have been officially retired and removed from the Sysinternals site.  The functionality of those two tools has long ago been rolled into Process Monitor, but those of us who have used Sysinternals tools for a long time will still be nostalgic to see them go.  For many of us Filemon and Regmon were the first Sysinternals tools we used and they opened our eyes to the inner workings of Windows.


-- Rick Wanner - rwanner at isc dot sans dot org


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