Kill Windows Processes Faster with Task Killer

April 17, 2008 – 11:00 pm

Yesterday, a friend of mine asked me to help him clean up a virus that has been messing up with his Windows XP computer. The virus was (because I manage to kill it, yay!) pretty smart – it infects my friend’s PC via a thumb drive, hides itself from being viewable inside the Windows Explorer screen and run some naughty processes that does weird things on the computer. I was having trouble killing the evil processes because the virus intelligently disables the default Task Manager. Even after I managed to run the Task Manager later, some processes just refused to bow to the “End Process” action. Being geeky enough, I started looking for another way to kill the disturbing process and thankfully, I stumbled upon Task Killer - a freeware that kills Windows proccess faster than the default Windows Task Manager.

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Task Killer offers an alternative for you to quickly terminate applications, without the usually clumsy Ctrl+Alt+Del or right-clicking action on the taskbar to open the default Task Manager. To kill a process / application, you just need to left click on the Task Killer “pirate-flag” icon on the system tray and select the alphabetically sorted process that you want to unload. Another interesting feature that I’ve discovered is that Task Killer kills processes that the default Task Manager won’t kill, such as a virus process masking itself as a legal Windows process!

Task Killer Features

  • Kill a process quicker than the default Task Manager.
  • Fast and furious (in a good way!).
  • Able to close unused, open windows via the Task Killer system tray.

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  • Start or Stop Windows services from the system tray – by default you have to select Start -> Programs -> Administrative Tools -> Services (why took the long way when there is a shortcut?)
  • System processes are show in green so you can instantly know which processes are the most important ones.
  • Smart Kill – an optional setting that instructs Task Killer to kill processes safely, adhering to the needs of the operating system environment.
  • Turn confirmation pop-ups when killing a process ON or OFF – I prefer to turn it off for speedier task killing.
  • Excluded Applications option allows you to define safe applications that won’t be shown in the Task Killer console. This way, you will not accidentally turn off important, legal system processes.
  • Global hotkeys support – I use it to quickly reach the Task Killer menu without having to move my hands from the keyboard.

Task Killer is yet another significant freeware that made the Windows user interface looked so yesterday. This Task Manager alternative was amazingly easy to use and works better than the default. The only thing it lacks is the “Performance” tab. It had already assisted me in killing a silly virus so maybe it can be a help to you too!

Download Task Killer today!

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  1. 10 Responses to “Kill Windows Processes Faster with Task Killer”

  2. wow, this could be very useful. So many times it happens that processes get stuck in the task manager and start annoying us. This can take care of that problem.

    By Abhijeet from Jeet Blog on Apr 18, 2008

  3. @Abhijeet: Good for you Jeet!

    By Syahid A. on Apr 18, 2008

  4. Why not to use Sysinternal’s Process Explorer? It also kills the processes which Task Manager refuses to kill. Furthermore it provides a thorough survey of all processes. I really doubt that Task Killer is better than Process Explorer. Of course, Process Explorer is for power users at least…

    By newspeak on Apr 18, 2008

  5. @newspeak: I’ve never said that it was better than Process Explorer. All I said that it is better than the default Task Manager. Task Killer will also appeal to newbies because of its simplicity. Thanks for the constructive comments! :D

    By Syahid A. on Apr 18, 2008

  6. Good utility to deal with Viruses.

    By Madhur Kapoor on Apr 19, 2008

  7. @Syahid,
    Process Explorer is a great utility and its from Microsoft developers. I have blogged about it.

    By Nirmal on Apr 22, 2008

  8. @Nirmal: Process Explorer is, for sure, NOT from Microsoft developers . Mark Russinovich from former Sysinternals is the author. MS just bought it (I mean Sysinternals).

    By newspeak on Apr 22, 2008

  9. This was really helpful in killing process and restore my laptop so i can scan for spyware…. thanks who ever created this tool…

    By karthik on Oct 14, 2008

  10. For similar problems I used Daphne, windows process killing tool. Which has many features for killing processes by name or owned window.

    By Herny on Dec 20, 2008

  11. Another tiny but smart xkill tool for windows :

    Wixkill at http://windows.xkill.free.fr/index_en.html

    By Ralph on Apr 9, 2009

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