Easy to kill Firefox in Process Explorer

Given the fact that Firefox uses a lot of Private Bytes in Windows also makes it very easy to locate it when you have to kill it with fx Process Explorer. Just look at the top.

I use Process Explorer as the main tool to watch which processes are running and sometime to kill programs. What is does is:

Find out what files, registry keys and other objects processes have open, which DLLs they have loaded, and more. This uniquely powerful utility will even show you who owns each process.


And sometimes I have to kill Firefox the hard way. Finding it in the process list is always very easy. It's always at the top if sorted by Private Bytes usage.

So dont says that Firefox memory usage isn't a good thing :)

Firefox in Process Explorer sorted in Private Bytes

So what are these Private Bytes? From article:

This is memory allocated to the process that cannot be shared by other processes. It is probably the most useful single figure when you want to know "How much memory does my app use?" It still needs qualification. As weíve seen, the Private Bytes may not all be in physical memory. If they are swapped to disk, and the user isnít actively using the application, then they arenít having much impact on other applications.


August 12, 2008 01:32 PM | Posted in Mozilla

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