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Windows xKill by SuprVillain Windows xKill by SuprVillain
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Ok, for those of you that have ever used Linux, then there may be the chance that you might have had to use xkill. But, for those that have never used Linux, then here is a good summary for you...

An App that your using Freezes, and your first thought it to CTRL+ALT+DEL to bring up Task manager, then you have to wade thought the processes to find said frozen app, then kill it... Or you use xKill.

Using a system wide hook in xKill, when it is running, just Press Control+Alt+Backspace, and you will see a Skull and Crossbones follow behind your cursor. When you click on the next item (say, the frozen application), it will kill it. simple.

And just because i know that people will try this out with out having an app to kill, when the skull and crossbones is up, if you choose NOT to kill any thing, press Escape, and you will exit out of xKill mode.

No external references, this app is Portable, you will know when it is running doe to the color changing Skull and Crossbones in your system tray. you can Right click on the glowing icon to either go in to xKill mode, so that you don't have to do Control + Alt + Backspace, or you can exit out of xKill.

[Update]
At a user's request, you can now disable the tray icon... but then you have to use Taskmanager to kill xkill.
Fixed the (C) info also.
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:icondragynman:
Dragynman Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017
Rename it to xkill, drop it in system32 and  cmd.exe will pull on your bootstraps and bob's your Aunt Roberta.
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alex3518 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Professional Photographer
Useless !!!
- Run only first time, than Control+Alt+Backspace no more do nothing !!!
Remove craps !!! Please !!!Scared Clover Scared Clover 
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SuprVillain Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
dead app is dead, no longer supported or maintained, sorry.
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:iconmortred:
Mortred Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
Doesn't work properly with fullscreen apps, so it's useless shit.
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:iconsuprvillain:
SuprVillain Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
look at when the app was made.   metro apps did not exist back then.  
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afz902k Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
This is still really useful in 2014. Please consider rewriting it, I would gladly make icons for it.
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SuprVillain Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Sadly I have left the programming game and have moved on to Linux.   After 20+ years of doing hobby software, and getting no donations, I called it quits last year.   I do remember giving some one else the source code for this though, although any one that can use a .NET decompiler (to VB) can get the source code for it, change it up a bit, then re-compile it.
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wolfyllow Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017
Hi! 

It seems that it is not so easy to decompile it  :(
Is there any chance to get the source code? :)

Thanks!
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:icon2dimla:
2Dimla Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
lol this thing is really old, but its what i needed
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:iconsuprvillain:
SuprVillain Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
yeah it is very old.  i have no idea why some one else has not made a newer, better version of this.
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:iconloggfreak:
loggfreak Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
verry easy solution to the problem that it won't autostart:
right click>create shortcut
place shortcut in startup folder:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
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SuprVillain Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
good work!  thanks :D
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aboodilankaboot Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, it's great. Would be nice if it auto-starts with Windows but nevertheless, works as advertised OMG MOAR POEMS!
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:iconmr-bigmouth-502:
mr-bigmouth-502 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
You have no idea how incredibly useful this is! It can even kill apps that the task manager on XP refuses to touch! :D
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:iconsuprvillain:
SuprVillain Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i am glad that you like it. that is pretty much the reason that I wrote this, hidden apps.
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:iconmr-bigmouth-502:
mr-bigmouth-502 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
I've actually been using it for years, but I forgot to fave it until now. :XD:
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:iconpilus87:
pilus87 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
LOL such small program that's actually very usefull, especially for those obscurely named driver utilities program.

But I do wish that the skull icons are a little bit visible on my desktop.

As it is, replacing the icon using ResHack, resulted in the exe cannot be run.

Anyway thx for this program :)
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:iconjacko-neill:
JackO-Neill Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you,I'll try it out and have a little fun :-)
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:iconprell:
prell Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Love it, thanks! Just used it!
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:icontheiwith:
theiwith Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
=ขอบคุณ
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:iconsuprvillain:
SuprVillain Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
ยินดีต้อนรับคุณ : D
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somepeep Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Excellent!
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AccForPost Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
I've set the program to run on windows start, but I have to manually disable the taskbar icon every time. It kind of defeats the purpose to run it automatically. :) Could you add a command line switch to hide the icon without clicking anywhere?
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:iconsuprvillain:
SuprVillain Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
i no longer have the source code for the app. doing so will involve me re-writing the whole app.

let me see what i can do.
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:iconusedlotofhell:
usedlotofhell Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
This needs to be featured. It's a godsent to the techs, you know that?

I throw it on my flash drive, nice tool for killing some malware!
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:iconsuprvillain:
SuprVillain Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
It was featured on Lifehacker. However, if you mean featured as in a Daily Deviation, you can suggest it, or nominate it to be one, i think.
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usedlotofhell Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
I meant as a DD, I found it via Lifehacker :lol: but yes, I would. I see no reason why it shouldn't be.
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SuprVillain Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
That WOULD be nice!
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:iconusedlotofhell:
usedlotofhell Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
Indeed... now to figure out whom I need to note.
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:icontiredletters:
TiredLetters Featured By Owner May 8, 2009   Photographer
you're a hero.
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chrislozeau Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
Thanks a lot for this. Should be very useful. :toocool:

Found this on: [link] btw.
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SuprVillain Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks!
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Yuho Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009  Student General Artist
Awesome, one of the several linux tricks I've really needed in windows too (ironically more so in windows than in linux.. :P)
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paradoxx68 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Genius, I love this little app. Wouldn't mind some work on the icon (tray icon is GREAT) kill icon could look better or maybe change the cursor to the kill icon like someone suggested would be good. The on-screen kill icon is just slightly rough around the edges. That said, I don't care if it is never updated or changed really, I love it! Found through MakeUseOf.com
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SuprVillain Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Errrmmm... English, please?
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wixkill Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008
Try the original, not the copy !

http : // [link] kill your bothering process since 2006
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:iconsuprvillain:
SuprVillain Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
i saw that, but i think that people want to kill the app, not minimize, etc... all of the other options as how it has in there.

as i said before. if you do not like one of my apps, fine. dont use it.
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aglasys Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
Idea: The skull icon/cursor isn't ';pleasant' to look at nor does it go with the Windows-look. Perhaps a crosshair would be classier?

Congrats on the idea!
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SuprVillain Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
the whole idea was for it to be a visual clue that you were going to KILL something, hence the look and nature of it.
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dragonburp Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
also from life hacker.
pretty amazing stuff.
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Dromedarian Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
First, I'd really like to say thanks for the idea and the app. It's a really nice addition to windows I think, and a great example of how linux already has plenty of things desirable to the run of the mill windows user.

I'd really like to say though, there are a couple of pitfalls that keep this program from being truly epic in my definition thereof. Hopefully, someone will agree and try to accommodate in order to make it truly epic.

First problem, it _must_ be memory resident, from what I can tell. This is truly a problem for a couple of reasons. Even a small amount of ram is still ram and unnecessary clutter in your task manager. The more processes, the less efficient the multitasking of the kernel (especially windows), etc. A way to fix this would be to have 2 versions of the program, the memory resident version as displayed here, and a command line driven version. The reason for a command line driven one is, one could add a shortcut via his desktop (using a batch file, if necessary) or even his quick launch bar. This would allow for quick access to kill apps without having the problems associated with yet another memory resident program. In the command line version, I suggest it behave precisely like the linux counterpart. Open it, when it's open change cursor, when you click on something it kills it and closes the xkill application itself. I think to expand on that, you could have a couple of hotkeys. For instance, open the command line version, and if you click while holding shift, the app will remain active and will continue to kill what you have open (perhaps you are using it to kill popups or something). Holding control my unlock some other functionality, and then hitting escape will cleanly exit as always.

Second major concern is the cursor. I think one of the coolest things about the 'real' xkill is that the cursor itself changes rather than a graphic near the cursor. Even if it was as simple as always looking for a "wxkill.cur" and using it if it exists, this functionality would be an excellent addition.

Thanks for the app, I wont be using it until it can in the very least not be memory resident (besides, opening an app, hitting 3 keys on the keyboard, clicking, then exiting the app is quite a bit harder than just using the old fashioned ctrl+shift+escape, delete, return, escape) but I definitely see potential.
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SuprVillain Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
i do agree with what your saying, but sadly enough, making a TSR in windows, well, i have no idea IF it can be done, although for this app to be truly efficient, that would be the way to go about it. I could make the app in to a background process, but then again, just something else that windows has to manage.

end the end, it will eat up ram, and it will run as a separate ~something~, no way about it.

I DID test out the changing cursor on my beta testers, they said that they "found it scary to see the cursor change", so i did the floating skull, and they were ok with it.

I guess that is what happens when you have testers that have never used Linux, and have lived in Windows. but then again, that was my primary target audience.
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Dromedarian Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
I think perhaps you misunderstood about the non memory resident part. What I meant was to basically have the ability to 'click something' (think, desktop shortcut), then click the window to kill and it kill it and end the windowsxkill process all in one foul swoop. This would, of course, be at the expense of not being able to have access to the ctrl+alt+bksp shortcut. One possibility of use would be that those who already use autohotkey could bind any hotkey they like to accessing the program via the command line, so that instead of running this app and autohotkey in the background they'd only need autohotkey.

Something to think about, not sure how to do any of this myself, so as always take it with a grain of salt.
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Unknown-Lurker Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
I must say, I have used several task killers over the years and this one, by far, is the most efficient.

btw...found this via Lifehacker...

Great work
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SuprVillain Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
thank you, i appreciate it.
now i must run off to see what LH said about it :D
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Mattman1123 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
Excellent I have wanted something like this for a long while. great job.
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flclrockstar Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
Awesome.
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