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Windows 7: How to kill a process that even taskkill cannot terminate?

23 Nov 2016   #11

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

Its much more than a music player, it also has support for ripping Audio CDs and burning them as well, and it can also read inside ZIP, GZIP, 7z and RAR archives.
It can probably do a few more things that I don't know of that just a normal music player can't do so I believe that's what MourningStar is referring to, its not paranoia its called knowledge.

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23 Nov 2016   #12

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
I would always reboot in this circumstance, just as a precaution against the slight chance that something malicious has taken over/replaced the original safe application. Once rebooted run a full Virus/Malware sweep of your system, and once clear check for updates to the application As this could be a case of non compatibility with a recent windows or other system update.
I see. I just didn't get scared because I use Foobar2000 for a couple years now and I never had a single problem with it so it was obvious to me that it wouldn't start harming my stuff just out of the blue. If it was an unknown process I wouldn't had stayed so calm though. In this case I am really sure that it was not nothing else than a Windows memory mismanagement.

Anyway, the thread ended going to a different direction than I wished. I am not asking how to proceed next to an appearing threat. Please don't get me wrong... I just want to know if there is some application able to kill an unkilling process when you cannot do it using Windows resources. Just that.

I'll appreciate any input in this direction. Thanks!

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23 Nov 2016   #13

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

The best set of windows utilities is , IMHO, Windows Sysinternals: Documentation, downloads and additional resources There is at least one Task Killer in the suite - I've provided the complete link as you may find a few other useful tools there ( Autoruns & Process manager are essential for me to find out what's happening under the skin of windows) :)
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23 Nov 2016   #14

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yankleber View Post
...To be honest I didn't get concerned when it happened. I just wanted to continue listening to my tunes and I had so many opened applications with files I was working on that to reboot my computer at that time didn't seem to be a reasonable option. ...
In future, the focus of concern should be 'preventative'. Spend as much time learning what caused the problem, this can be good, imo. My hypothesis is that you were multi-tasking the system and may have taken it to the 'borderline' (the one where if you cross it you enter bsod land).
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23 Nov 2016   #15

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

Another possibility not mentioned:

When a process is about to terminate for any reason it will attempt to abort any outstanding IO requests. Sometimes this fails. When this happens a remnant of the process will be left in memory, and in Task Manager, and Windows will resist all attempts to remove it. If the process were totally removed and the deice at some point responded to the now non existent process the results would be unpredictable, but generally unpleasant. The only way to remove the process is a restart.
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23 Nov 2016   #16

window 7 32 bit

taskkill /f /IM foobar2000.exe

try that at a command prompt (Start menu, CMD in Search Programs and files)
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23 Nov 2016   #17

Windows 7 (My Idea)

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
I use Unlocker to do it, you can get it from major geeks. If it's a malicious process and you're trying to just get rid of it, Unlocker can shut it down and then delete the executable.

But I just noticed the name of your app, that's a popular music playing app, Foobar2k. It runs in the background because it pops up really quick and then closes down really quick. It's basically just an MP3 player.
Yep, it's the mp3 player. I have used it for ages and yesterday for the first time it froze when I was listen to some tunes then I killed the application but the process remained in the memory. I don't think that it's a malicious stuff and I really don't believe that it is harmful in any way (I never heard of it).

Thanks for the tip about Unlocker; I know this. But as far as I know it is not to remove a process from memory, instead its usage is to "unlock" files that cannot be deleted.

Yah, that's what I use it for mainly, but sometimes I've been able to use it to kill a locked process, by moving the file then moving it back. Sometimes the process can't be killed though.
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23 Nov 2016   #18

Windows 7 (My Idea)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by murky View Post
taskkill /f /IM foobar2000.exe

try that at a command prompt (Start menu, CMD in Search Programs and files)
That should work too! Good idea!
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23 Nov 2016   #19

Windows 7 x64

Have you update (foobar2000.exe *32).

Maybe suggest to screenshots all the process in the task manager.

It may not be this (foobar2000.exe *32)
as it may be another process using (foobar2000.exe *32) and hence you cannot kill the process.

Some program may rely on another program /process at the same time.

Just a long shot
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