Running processes

Running processes displays the running programs or processes on your computer and keeps ESET immediately and continuously informed about new infiltrations. ESET Mail Security provides detailed information on running processes to protect users with ESET LiveGrid® technology enabled.



Known applications marked as Best reputation (green) are clean (whitelisted) and will be excluded from scanning, as this will improve the scanning speed of on-demand computer scan or Real-time file system protection on your computer.


In most cases, ESET Mail Security and ESET LiveGrid® technology determines object reputation using a series of heuristic rules that examine the characteristics of each object (files, processes, registry keys, etc.) and then weigh their potential for malicious activity. Based on these heuristics, objects are assigned a reputation level from 9 - best reputation (green) to 0 - worst reputation (red).


Image name of the program or process that is currently running on your computer. You can also use the Windows Task Manager to see all running processes on your computer. You can open Task Manager by right-clicking an empty area on the taskbar and then clicking Task Manager, or by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard.


Is an ID of processes running in Windows operating systems.

Number of users

The number of users that use a given application. This information is gathered by ESET LiveGrid® technology.

Time of discovery

Period of time since the application was discovered by ESET LiveGrid® technology.

Application name

Given name of a program this process belongs to.


When an application is marked as Unknown (orange), it is not necessarily malicious software. Usually, it is just a newer application. If you are not sure about the file, use the Submit sample for analysis feature to send the file to the ESET Virus Lab. If the file turns out to be a malicious application, its detection will be added to one of the upcoming detection engine updates.

Show details

The following information will appear at the bottom of the window:

Path - Location of an application on your computer.

Size - File size either in kB (kilobytes) or MB (megabytes).

Description - File characteristics based on the description from the operating system.

Company - Name of the vendor or application process.

Version - Information from the application publisher.

Product - Application name and/or business name.

Created on - Date and time when an application was created.

Modified on - Last date and time when an application was modified.

Right-click a process in the Running processes window to exclude it from scanning. Its path will be added to the list of Processes exclusions.