When trying to kill a process in Windows, you probably head for one of the following:
- The Processes tab in Windows Task Manager's, where you try killing the process (tree)
- Or Sysinternals Process Explorer, which may succeed where Task Manager failed.
However, this evening I succeeded in killing a very stubborn process using a utility named after a future Arnold Schwarzenegger movie: Ultimate Process Killer.
It's free on Sourceforge and I was able to use it to successfully kill a process in Windows 7 that refused to be killed by the options mentioned above. I even tried suspending and unsuspending the process in Process Explorer, which I saw suggested somewhere, but that also didn't work for me. By the way, I have no idea how well it will work on other versions of Windows, but I recommend you give this tool a shot if you're out of other options.
I was alerted to the tool here: http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-to-kill-stubborn-process-that-fails-to-end-process-in-task-manager/#comment-1120014170