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PC Advisor - - HOW TO: USE PROCESS EXPLORER TO MANAGE YOUR PC -

Many peo­ple have used Task Man­ager to end a mis­be­hav­ing process at some time or an­other. This func­tion­al­ity ex­ists in Process Ex­plorer as well, where it’s called Kill Process when you right-click a process. Process Ex­plorer does one bet­ter than the stock Win­dows Task Man­ager by giv­ing you the op­tion to kill the en­tire process tree. Right-click a process, then click Kill Process Tree; or se­lect Process > Kill Process Tree; or just high­light your process and hit Shift - Del.

Why would you want to kill a whole process tree? Some­times when a process stalls out, it’s not the real cul­prit. In­stead, one of the child pro­cesses it has spawned is the ac­tual bad seed (we’re look­ing at you, Chrome). Even when the orig­i­nal process is the true vil­lain of the story, killing it can some­times leave or­phan pro­cesses be­hind that can’t do any­thing with­out their parent, but which suck up re­sources any­way. Killing the process tree solves both prob­lems at once.

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