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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Kill Windows Processes That Won't Die with "Ultimate Process Killer"

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, if Sysinternals Process Explorer can't kill a process, you'd be forgiven for thinking that there is no hope and for wondering why Windows is still so darn stupid ;)

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:

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