Ending a Running Process

This section provides a tutorial example on how to end a running process and how to understand the warning message.

On the Processes tab, if you see a process that uses a high percentage of the CPU and a big amount of memory, you can end it using the following steps:

1. Click the process name. That process line becomes highlighted.

2. Click the "End Process" button. A warning box shows up saying: "Terminating a process can cause undesired results including loss of data and system instability. The process will not be given the chance to save its state or data before it is terminated. Are you sure you want to terminate the process?" See the picture below:
Windows Task Manager - End Process Warning

3. Click the "Yes" button. The selected process is ended.

Before ending a running process, you need to be prepared to face its possible consequences like:

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction to Microsoft Windows

 Introduction to Windows Explorer

 Introduction to Internet Explorer

 "Paint" Program and Computer Graphics

 GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program

 JPEG Image File Format Quality and Size

 GIF Image File Format and Transparent Background

 "WinZip" - ZIP File Compression Tool

 "WinRAR" - RAR and ZIP File Compression Tool

 FTP Server, Client and Commands

 "FileZilla" - Free FTP Client and Server

 Web Server Log Files and Analysis Tool - "Analog"

 Spyware Adware Detection and Removal

 IE Addon Program Listing and Removal

 Vundo (VirtuMonde/VirtuMundo) - vtsts.dll Removal

 Trojan and Malware "Puper" Description and Removal

 VSToolbar (VSAdd-in.dll) - Description and Removal

 Spybot - Spyware Blocker, Detection and Removal

 Setting Up and Using Crossover Cable Network

 Home Network Gateway - DSL Modem/Wireless Router

Windows Task Manager - The System Performance Tool

 What Is Windows Task Manger?

 Starting Windows Task Manger and Using Applications Tab

 Using the Processes Tab

Ending a Running Process

 Using the Performance Tab

 "tasklist" Command Line Tool to List Process Information

 "msconfig" - System Configuration Tool

 Configuring and Managing System Services

 Windows Registry Key and Value Management Tools

 Startup Programs Removal for Better System Performance

 Winsock - Windows Sockets API

 Java on Windows

 Glossary of Terms

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

 PDF Printing Version