Five apps: Free stubborn task killers

Five free task killers that are ready to end stubborn processes

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There are times when a process or program does not respond. The application window will remain on your desktop or residing in memory, but it just won't go away. When that happens, what do you do? In Windows, most will opt for Ctrl-Alt-Delete and then open the Task Manager. In most cases that works just fine - but there are stubborn cases when Task Manager simply won't kill a process. And what do you do about Android or Linux? Nearly every platform benefits from a solid process killer.

Fortunately there are plenty such applications available, ready to serve and kill those tasks you don't want hanging around. I have found five go-to tools for this job. Read on and find out if any of them meet your needs.

By Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic, The New Stack, and Linux New Media. He's covered a variety of topics for over twenty years and is an avid promoter of open source. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen....