What is the best software program for listing all the applications and processes running on Windows and tracking them?

I'm looking for the best software program for listing all the applications and processes running on Windows and tracking them. The Windows' Task Manager doesn't allow me to see which processes are related, to which applications or executable they belong to, and what resources they are using. Ultimately, I'm looking to track all the programs that are actually running in my computer and what resources they are using.
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Here are the tool for malware detection - http://www.winintsoft.com/2010/06/09/free-malware-detection-tools-for-windows/

But if you need just a one tool try Process Explorer http://download.sysinternals.com/Files/ProcessExplorer.zip

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btanExec ConsultantCommented:
you will need a couple of tools since it is possible for rootkit to hide the processes
a) Process Monitor @ http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896645
b) Unhide @ http://www.security-projects.com/?Unhide
c) Process Hacker @ http://processhacker.sourceforge.net/

Actually if you will want to drill further, Perfmon (Microsoft) will be another asset. Just need to identify the appropriate counter to track.

The first article give an good overview of the key counters to note.
@ http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Key-Performance-Monitor-Counters.html

The second one is more of a use case using perfmon to collect statistic to aid in detecting virus (see section "Attribute Selection")
@ http://www.lancs.ac.uk/pg/richarc2/dissertation.pdf
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