SmartClose, (updated February 3, 2010), can close all running programs which can interrupt high-end tasks, such as playing processor intensive games where frames per second is a critical issue, burning CD/DVDs, defragmenting a Hard Drive, recovering files, shredding free disk space, and so on.
If 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 further, 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 machine’s previous condition.
Power users especially, will be glad they have this neat little application in their utility toolbox.
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.
It’s important to understand, that this application will not close antivirus and firewall software, since these programs are hardened against “unauthorized” shut down. This is standard antimalware protection built into firewalls and antimalware applications.
System requirements: Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 (minimum x64 support).
Download at: Download.com
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