Close and Restore Running Applications With SmartClose

SmartClose, a free utility that should, in my view, come pre-installed with the Operating System, can close all running programs which can interrupt high-end tasks, such as defragmenting a Hard Drive, recovering files, shredding free disk space, burning CD/DVDs, or playing processor intensive games where fps is a critical issue.

If you’re like me, and you like to test drive new software applications, then you know that virtually all application installers recommend closing all running applications to minimize conflicts, and to avoid replacing in-use files.


Closing running applications manually can often be time consuming, particularly if you are a power user with 5 or 6 programs running at the same time. To raise the frustration quotient, once you have closed all these programs, you then have to re-launch each closed application just to recover where you were.


SmartClose has been developed to eliminate this frustration, by automatically closing all running programs, disabling the screen saver, and shutting down running processes that can disrupt your new task.

Running SmartClose, with its five-icon interface, tool-tips, and wizards, is dead simple. When your task has been completed, restoring the applications you closed is straightforward, since SmartClose saves a system snapshot which can easily restore the machines previous condition.

Power users especially, will be glad they have this neat little application in their utility toolbox.

Fast facts:

Two wizards: the Close Programs wizard, for closing all the programs, and the Restore wizard, to restore a system snapshot.

With SmartClose-technology, most programs can be properly closed, so that the program can save its settings, and return memory and resources, to the system.

In the rare cases where a program can’t be properly closed, SmartClose can use SmartKill to kill the program.

Protected Programs option.

Closes Explorer and Internet Explorer windows, and saves their current location for restoration.

Disables and restores the screen saver.

Stops and restarts Windows NT/2000/XP services, such as the Task Scheduler.

System requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista

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Filed under Freeware, Geek Software and Tools, Productivity Software, Software, System Utilities, Windows Tips and Tools

7 responses to “Close and Restore Running Applications With SmartClose

  1. “a free utility that should, in my view, come pre-installed with the Operating System..”

    IMHO? Absolutely.

    • Bill Mullins


      Windows, or any OS for that matter, could be improved with the addition of
      this type of functionality.

      Thank you for commenting.


  2. whatsonmypc

    Nice one Bill! This one just went into my arsenal of utilities… I like the idea of shutting down apps prior to routine maintenance runs (such as chkdisk, defrag, scans, etc…)


    • Bill Mullins


      I hear ya. Sometimes I might have 10+ apps running, and it’s a definite pain
      to shut them all down individually.


  3. Great find I’m going to try this out ASAP. I have been having a lot of issues with FF lately. It says its still running and I’ve closed it and can’t do an update.
    Release Candidate for 7 on Wednesday wuhu!

    • Bill Mullins

      Hi Mark,

      As always, great to hear from you.

      Can’t wait for Win 7 RC either. I’m totally primed and ready to go!


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