Killing A Frozen Program That Is Wasting Your Time

By John Stewart

A lot of people now a days are surfing the internet and are download and installing a lot of different types of programs from a lot of different sources. Now for the most part this isn't of any concern as long as you are getting your programs from trusted websites that are known to be safe in the public domain.

The issue comes up when you are using a program and it stops responding by hanging. This can be a real buzz kill and can kill your level of productivity when you are working. So what can you do to prevent this? Kill the program (by kill I mean to stop it from running). By why do some programs hang on your computer and the same programs don't hand on other computers? Well the short answer is that it has to deal with your specific computers specifications and your computers exact problems. Sometimes when a program hangs, you will kill it and then Windows will then tell give you an error message. If you were to type that error message into Google (or any other search engine) you will get a description of the error as to why your computer hung.

I'm not going to go into the details of how to use these error messages to completely stop your computer from ever hanging again as that takes a lot of detective work and time, but what I am going to show you in this article is how to stop a program from hanging for a really long period of time by killing it.

Now I'm going to show you 2 different techniques. The very first one is to open up your task manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc at the same time and then to click on the tab that says "Application". Now when you are in that tab you will see a list of the applications that are running with their current status. If an application that you suspect is "hanging" (or is frozen) is on your computer then its status will be labled as "Not Responding". If you have a program that is not responding and you will like to stop it, just click on that application so that it is highlighted and at the bottom of the windows click on the button that says End Task. Keep in mind that if you have any unsaved work on your computer and you end task a program you will loose all of the unsaved data, so use this cautiously.

The second way to kill an application is to right click on it when you are in the Applications tab of the Task Manager and click on Go To Process. It will then take you to the Process tab with the program highlighted. Just right click on the program that is highlighted here and click on End Process Tree. A word of caution here: when you perform an End Process Tree you are killing the program that is hanging and also the programs that are linked to it. If the program that you want to kill either has unsaved work or is important you should not kill it as you might stop other programs that are linked to it from running.

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