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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Auto Kill Any Process

UPDATE [16-March-2015]: 
Latest version 2.2 is available for download.
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version: 2.1

Auto Kill Any Process or A.K.A.P for short, is a very useful utility, to kill Multiple-Sets of different processes at once, by simply launching the program. This can come in handy if you want to cleanup relevant processes, after working with any application, or if you want to clear a set of expendable processes before starting another RAM intensive application, in just a few seconds, instead of using the tedious task manager.

Requires Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

  • Ability to kill multiple processes, at once, from a single hitlist
  • Add to windows start-up, to terminate stubborn start-up processes
  • Can run in SILENT MODE – without any prompts or messages (one time configuration needed)
  • Allows multiple hitlists, with a choice to save any one particular combination
  • Choose the above combination at runtime or design time
  • Kill individual running processes, useful for NOT RESPONDING processes
  • Kill individual processes, from a Hitlist as well, instead of killing ALL of them
  • Provides log entry for the each termination, so that users can know the termination status of each process
  • Error log also available, to help understand any problem and to report bugs
  • Auto clearing of termination logs, to save disk space

Bug fixes in Version 2.1:
  • Terminating any process, kills instances of that process running under a different user as well, this is not desired.
  • Termination log doesn't always reflect the accurate time interval between two consecutive terminations.
  • Any error that occurs while enumerating the list of running processes, halts the enumeration. [in 2nd Tab]
  • Empty process name is added when adding processes to hitlist for the first time. [in Tabs 2 & 3]
  • Had to click twice or double click on checked list box to "check mark" an item.[in Tabs 2,3, 4 & Hitlist Chooser window]
  • Auto clear termination logs must be applicable for each individual user. [in 4th Tab]
  • Log file always created for the month of January, irrespective of the current month. [in 4th Tab]
  • Minor modifications to avoid the application crashing under certain circumstances.

What’s new in Version 2.1:
  • Username included in process details for the running process.
  • Minor changes in user-interface.
  • Minor changes in logging information.

Known Issues in Version 2.1:
  • The application may not be able to run properly, when the user access levels/permissions are limited,
    with respect to manipulation of system registry and/or termination of processes. To prevent this try running the application with the required privileges. [I am working on a workaround for this. Hopefully it will be fixed in the next version]

What's new in Version 2.0:
  • A better, more compact interface
  • Keyboard shortcuts for all functions
  • Multiple-Hitlists feature
  • New extension for the hitlist files [*.hitlist]
  • Terminate individual running processes, based on window title or process id
  • Error and Termination logging

Screen shots: (view more => 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5)


Version 2.1: [06-Feb-2010]

Download Link (
Download User Guide for version 2.1.pdf
PAD File - Download XML

Version 2.0: [23-Jan-2010]

Download Link (
Download User Guide for version 2.0.pdf 
PAD File - Download XML

Version 1.0: [03-Oct-2009] (

Download Link (
PAD File - Download XML

Please refer the user guide that is available with the program for instructions and support information, for any further queries or feedback, or if you want to report bugs, you are most welcome to e-mail me.

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Carlo Feb 1, 2010, 11:46:00 PM  

Sorry but your software doesn't work for my Vista Home Edition Laptop... any ideas on that?

Carlo Feb 1, 2010, 11:55:00 PM  

I notice there are some problem with compatibility and authorization. If you try to launch as administrator (ever) and Windows XP SP2 mode, AKAP will work like a charme... bye!

AKMA Feb 4, 2010, 5:08:00 PM  

Hi Carlo! Thanks for your valuable feedback and sorry for this late reply, been a little busy lately.. :(

Coming to the point, as you said there ARE user privilege issues in AKAP 2.0, which is due to the nature of the app. This must be the reason why its not working in your Vista Home Edition.

For anyone else with similar problems, running the application with Administrator privileges or running under WinXP mode (as suggested by Carlo) should solve the problem.

And for those who can't or won't run as admin, I am trying for a workaround to fix this, the thing is I am new to programming apps with UAC requirements, so, it might take some time, hopefully, it will be a lot sooner!!

Once again thanks for the feedback!

Anonymous,  Mar 3, 2010, 11:26:00 PM  

Love the program, i only miss a timer option.
For example, i know the Googleupdater prossess keeps coming back (just an example) i want the Auto Kill program to kill the process when it comes back. So when in silent mode, it will checking for processes mentioned in the hitlist every x seconds.

AKMA Mar 5, 2010, 11:34:00 PM  

Hi Anon! Thanks for the positive feedback!

And your suggestion about the time based, repeated termination of a few processes, does seem to be an interesting idea, but, A.K.A.P, was basically designed to be a one time terminator, used only when the user requires it, rather than look out for reincarnating processes in the background.

So, I'm afraid that implementing this feature, may be a bit too much for a supposedly simple app; Nevertheless, the idea is a great one, and I will see what I can do to make the best use of it, without complicating the working methodology.

Thanks again for the tip Anon!

Anonymous,  Mar 25, 2010, 2:42:00 AM  

Add me to the list of users that would like to see the timer/repeat process kill function.

Paul Saunders Mar 20, 2014, 2:06:00 AM  

What would be useful would be the ability to specify conditions to kill a process(es). For example If process x consumes more than y memory kill everything on list z.

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