Thursday, August 11, 2011

How to Kill a (Resilient) Task

Naaah! You can't kill it with an axe! You can't even behead it. Don't think about it, ever.

You can click the "x" button on the upper right hand corner of the program's window, however and see if it works. If it does, then end of the line for you. Really.

Now, the problem comes when you click the "x" button and it doesn't end (I mean, the program). This is what we call "an annoyingly resilient program".

Well the program could be a malware, an ordinary program refusing to be closed because of a bug or just any other program that can't be closed.

Here are the steps to heaven:

1. Right click on the taskbar and click on "Start Task Manager", or
1.a. Press Alt+Ctlr+Del, or
1.b. Press Alt+Shift+Esc.

2. Click on the "Applications" tab (but in case you know what the process is you can skip this step and proceed to #4.

3.  Right click on the application you want to forcibly close and click on "go to process"

4. Now, right click on the highlighted process and select "kill process".

5. You will be ask if you are certain (well of course you are), click yes.

6. Process successfully and inhumanely terminated.

Hope this helps. =)

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