How to terminate a Process

In many cases you will need to terminate or end a currently running process or application in order to delete a file.  This is very common for fake security clients and the like. To end a program Hold down the ctrl + alt + del key at the same time.  This will bring up the Windows Task Manager.  From there you can end the process and then delete the needed file. If the Task Manager has been disabled by the virus then chances are you can boot into safe mode under the system administrator and bring up the Task Manager there.  If this does not work then try downloading this Process killer tool » Download Here » 64 bit Version Here We have also put a quick video together for those who need a little demo for self confidence.

How to terminate a Process Video

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How To End a Process Video ( Just click the image.  It launches in a new window )

In this example we are using the Task Manager. This program is activated by holding down +ctrl+chift+ESC.

Manual guide to terminate a process using Task Manager

How to end a process

The Processes tab displays information about the processes that are running on the computer. A process can be an application that you start or subsystems and services that are managed by the operating system. To end a process, follow these steps.

Note Proceed with caution when you end a process. If you exit a program in this manner, data that has not been saved will be lost. If you end a system process, a system component may no longer function correctly. To match a process with a running program, right-click the program name on the Applications tab of Windows Task Manager, and then click Go To Process.

  1. Click the Processes tab.
  2. Do one of the following, depending on the action that you want to perform:
    • If you want to end a single process, click the process that you want to end, and then click End Process.
    • If you want to end a process and all processes directly or indirectly related to it, right-click the process that you want to end, and then click End Process Tree
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