Easily terminate visible applications and processes


Easily terminate visible applications and processes using RevoUninstaller.

Imagine that an application you are working with (let’s say its called “XYZ PDF Creator”) froze or stopped responding, leaving an open window on your desktop that refuses to be closed. Imagine further that you next pressed CTRL-ALT-DELETE and found that the task manager for some reason took a long time to open. When it finally did open you discover that the program you want to close is a process and not an application. After a few minutes of searching you are able to identify the offending process, but it took a bit of time because for some reason it is named “pdfcr” with no mention of XYZ in the name. Finally, you are able to end the process.

Sounds familiar? I experienced something similar to this recently where it was very difficult for me to locate the correct process to end from the list of processes. That’s when I remembered Revo Uninstaller’s hunter mode, which makes killing visible windows easy. Here’s how it works:

Step 1:
launch Revo Uninstaller and click on Hunter Mode

Step 2:
Find the Hunter Mode floating icon on your desktop and drag it onto the window you would like to terminate.

Step 3:
Select “Kill Process” from the context menu.


Boom! That’s it. No need to go hunting processes down in the task manager.

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  • Andrew Min

    Finally! Linux has had this forever (ctrl-alt-esc), but never seen it on Windows.

  • Genius!
    yet again you amaze me. love it!
    will have to try this out

  • I’ve been needing something like this. My computer has been refusing to close certain windows lately. I downloaded this and within minutes had a need for it again…and it worked perfectly. No more forced shutdowns! Unlike other sites, every entry you put up is useful. Great work!

  • Deof Movestofca

    Unless I’m missing something, though, this won’t kill processes that don’t have visible windows. I just find it easier to use an alternative to TM, with Sysinternal’s Process Explorer being my current go-to app. But to each their own.

  • Thank you great tip.

  • CT

    And to think I’ve only used Revo for Uninstalling! Thanks! …actually, I mostly use SAFARP http://wistinga.online.fr/safarp/ these days – loads up FAST, as in about a second! =)
    Another look shows lots of other neat tools, and Safarp and Revo both work portably, and are on my ‘Tools’ thumbdrive!

  • ram

    I use cacheman XP to kill process