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How to Kill a Windows Process on Windows 2000, XP and Vista

There are many scenarios that we need to kill processes on windows, such as your computer is slowing down significantly by one specific process like virus or hacking application and adwares, and even IE and Firefox browsers need to be killed sometimes since they are using too much memory and your computer doesn’t even work except chirping and slowly responding. If you know Unix/Linux well you probably know how to kill a process using the “kill” command which is really powerful as long as you have the permissions to do so. I am sure you can’t always kill all the processes on Linux/Unix systems. Well, let’s focus on windows system.

You don’t have to be an expert to use some of the tools available from Microsoft or third parties. Most of us know Process Manager and you use it to kill processes, don’t you know Process Manager doesn’t really show you all the processes running on your windows system, such as those windows services and system processes. If you can find your process from Process Manager, then you can select the process by right click and choose kill, this process will go away. Be warned that some of the system processes should not be killed unless you really want to do so, otherwise, your system will also be killed and shutdown.

There is another tools from Microsoft called Process Explorer:

The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you’ll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you’ll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.

Pretty useful tools to kill processes and its child processes. It’s very similar to Process Manager but with more information available. You know sometimes one process can spawn one or more processes, if you only kill the parent process, then you left its child processes running as zombie processes. Similar to Process Manager you can kill the process tree so that it will clean up all processes that you really want to kill.

Give it a try, you will like it soon

You can download this tool here


July 10, 2008 - Posted by | How Tos, Technology | , , ,


  1. Thanks for the post

    Comment by Actuariirrig | August 2, 2008 | Reply

  2. You can archive the same result with a smaller tool like Daphne task manager replacement. It’s simpler and has a better UI.

    Comment by Capri | April 27, 2009 | Reply

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