Closing an application running in Windows is usually a pretty simple process, and there are more than a few ways to do just that. Occasionally though, no matter what you do, an application will refuse to close – it just hangs.
Normally, this is not much of an issue since all you need do is open Task Manager, locate the offending application or process, and kill it.
But, if I had a dollar for every time Task Manager was unable to kill an application or process in the last year, my Winter vacation costs would be well in hand. There are times when Task Manager is just not up to the job. In such a case, many users will fall back on a hard reboot as a last resort – annoying, inefficient, and possibly leading to lost data.
There are a number of applications that address this irritating condition, and one I particularly like is – Daphne. Daphne is a very small free (open source), taskbar utility that improves on Windows process management, and can kill and terminate stubborn processes saving you from having to reboot your system, when Windows Task Manager fails to do so.
Daphne can be customized to suit your specific needs, and comes with a host of additional features some of which are not directly related to process killing. (See “Fast facts”).
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The following graphic will give you a good indication of Daphne’s capabilities.
Installed software list for inspecting installed software available in tray icon menu.
Check process hierarchy tree using the “Show process tree” at tray icon menu.
Parent process name an PID at process’ properties.
Now you can make configuration portable using INI file instead of registry base configuration.
Support for DRK’s process data base information search and contribution.
Hide application tool: drop the target over the application’s window you want to hide. Later, you can restore the application from Daphne menu.
Take care: process names may be eclipsed by malicious software.
Find process window tool: identify the process which owns the targeted window.
Traps: you can set up traps to be applied to any process being created.
Detailed process list, including full path and arguments.
Per process detail including: Windows tree, thread list, modules, environment variables.
Using the windows tree you can: Show, hide, set always on top on or off, set focus, et cetera to any give window.
Kill all by name: Kill all process using a given name.
Kill menu: Customizable menu, each menu item has a process list to kill upon activation.
Process list highlighting with colors for custom, system and high CPU-consumption processes.
Control inspector window for revealing hidden passwords.
Drag and drop tool for killing, setting alpha, enabling controls and putting windows always on top.
“Hide Java VM from command line” option in advanced tab makes Daphne strip the path to the default Java VM in full path mode.
Languages: Spanish, Italian, German, French, Chinese, Valencian, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese, Arabic and Greek.
System requirements: Windows XP, 2003, Vista, Windows 7 x32
Download at the developer’s site: DRK.com
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