Usually, the programs we close on our Windows system seems to get closed on frontend. However, on backend, they are still in process which affects the system’s performance and makes the processing slower. As a result of it, user is unable to run heavy programs or scripts on computer.

Killing the processing of such unwanted programs is necessary to improve performance of your computer. If you will not do it, your computer is likely to stop responding again and again. Killing these programs manually is a difficult thing to get done as there is a wide list of programs that are required to get closed.

Therefore, it is important to find such ways through which user does not have to determine and kill all unwanted programs manually. Following are some of the effective ways that you can use to kill all running programs in Windows instantly.

#1: Close All:

Close All

The first and the most widely used utility to kill the unwanted programs running on the backend of the system is Close All. It is really an effective and reliable tool that is able to determine each and every running program on its own.

All you need to do is to install and run it on your computer. When you will run it, it will collect the processing information and display you a list of all running programs on your computer. The list you will get will contain all wanted and unwanted programs. Therefore, it is important for you to decide on your own which programs you want to quit and which programs you do not want to.

You will have to uncheck such programs in the list that you do not want to close. Once you have unchecked the programs that you want to keep running, now is the time to click ‘OK’ and it will start closing the programs.

The best part of this tool is that it does not close the programs instantly. Before closing the program, it determines whether there is any unsaved data or not. In case there is any unsaved data, it will ask you whether to save it or not. In this way, there is very less probability of data loss.

However, the programs closed by Close All cannot be restored by it and in order to do so, you will need to start them manually. This tool is evenly effective for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating system. Therefore, it can easily install and run on all versions of Windows be it Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8.

#2: Smart Close:

Smart Close

Smart Close is yet another great tool to kill processing of multiple unwanted programs. When you will run this program on computer, it will start collecting the information of running programs and will give you the snapshot of all running programs. The snapshot taken by this tool is effective because it can be used to restore those programs including Explorer and Internet Explore through this software easily.

This program comes with a wide range of options and functions from which you can select the options depending upon your needs. Once you have placed check on your desired features, now is the time to proceed further by clicking on ‘Next’ button.

This program is meant to kill all running programs. However, when you will click on ‘Next’ button, it will display a new window in which you can add such programs that you do not want to close. Creating a list of protected programs (the programs that you do not want to close), click ‘Next’.

Clicking ‘Next’ button will start closing the programs except to the ones that you have added in protected programs. Similar to Close All, it will not close the programs directly. It will first determine whether there is any unsaved data entered in the program that it is going to close. If there is any, it will ask you whether to save it or not. In this way, there is no chance of getting your unsaved data lost.

#3: Kill Through .BAT File:

This option is for the ones who do not want to install and run any utility on your computer to kill the processing of unwanted programs. Besides the aforementioned cool tools, there is another way of closing the unwanted programs easily by creating a batch file. If you do not what is batch file and how to create a batch file, click here.

The batch file that you will need to install and run on your computer will determine all the processes you have started and terminated including tray and background applications. With the use of this batch file, you can easily free huge amount of RAM which is being consumed by the unwanted programs.

Creating a batch file for killing the unwanted programs requires the user to be aware of the computer programming. In case you are not aware of it, do not worry. The code is given in the end of which you can use to create a ‘Kill.BAT’ file.

@echo off
title Kill Unwanted Apps
cd c:windowsSystem32
for /f “skip=3 tokens=1
if not “%%i”==”svchost.exe” (
if not “%%i”==”explorer.exe” (
if not “%%i”==”cmd.exe” (
if not “%%i”==”tasklist.exe” (
if not “%%i”==”firefox.exe” (
echo %%i
taskkill /f /im “%%i”


The highlighted line is added in the code with the highlighted bracket before the pause so that it will not close Firefox. In case you do not want some other programs to get closed as well, you can similarly add the line before ‘Echo’ and a bracket before ‘Pause’.