I don't remember where I first
got CoolKill. I think a friend sent it to me over IRC (Internet
Relay Chat). Due to the name of the program, I was a little
suspicious about opening it.
I updated Norton Antivirus with the latest definitions, just
to be safe.
Then I opened it and installed
Wow. This utility has
a feature that is very rare. In fact, I have yet to find a utility
that can compete with this one when it comes to killing programs.
I mean when I say 'killing' a program?
You know how you can hit CTRL+ALT+DEL,
and a Close Program Menu box will appear and allow you to End Task
for any of the programs listed. So you select a program, hit End
Task. Sometimes you have to wait awhile. Sometimes you can't even
end the task from here!
CoolKill is basically the
same as CTRL+ALT+DEL, but much, much better.
It sits minimized in your
system tray. To use CoolKill, you right-click on the icon. (The
icon is a skull wearing some cool glasses). You have
You can hit About,
which pops up a small window that tells you the version number
of CoolKill, who created the program(OutLoud Software),
and an email address that you can contact OutLoud Software at(firstname.lastname@example.org).
The next option is Exit,
which I'm sure you can figure out what that does.
The final and important
option is Kill. When you get the menu, that has About,
Exit and Kill on it, don't click on Kill. Instead, move your mouse
over Kill(without clicking on it). You should
now be seeing a list of all the programs and processes running
on your computer. Even hidden ones that CTRL+ALT+DEL doesn't show!
To kill a program,
you simply move your mouse over the program, and click on it(left
click, this time). Bingo, the program is gone. You don't
have to waste anytime waiting for it to close.
So next time you are having
a problem with a program or Internet Explorer gets stuck,
head over to CoolKill which can be found hanging out in the system
It's under one megabyte in size.