Day 16 - QuickKill
Here's an app thats been requested by more then just a few.
The application will quickly kill all tasks not listed in a configuration file. This can be used for a variety of reasons: saving battery life on laptops, easy performance increase, "gaming mode", etc... Bottom line is, it'll get rid of everything you don't need very quickly.
Some may argue that you should use a program such as HijackThis to stop these things from starting in the first place. While that is the solution for things that you NEVER want running, this application is more specific to killing off the things you won't need right now. Things like sql server, virus scan, bluetooth, and various other background tasks that you won't need for your "gaming mode".
I've preconfigured the file with all of the critical processes that were on my machine, so it includes all of the obvious WinXP necessities.
It's a console application - no gui, just nice and clean. This was to make it batch scriptable with command line args, and nice and simple to use.
The application WILL ask for your confirmation before it kills the tasks. You're presented with a list of what will be killed, and asked to press 'Y'. For batch scripting, a "-q" parameter will supress this warning and just autokill. Run the program with a "-?" for the other option (exemption file override).
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