This freeware utility for Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11 and Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019, 2022 allows you
to list the opened windows (applications)
on your Windows machine and to kill some of them
by specifing their title.
Unlike other killing utilities it
works also with hidden and system windows (for
example trayed applications) and you can specify
only a PART of the window caption.
example, If you've opened three Windows named Notepad
- first.txt, Notepad -
second.txt and Notepad -
third.txt, you can close all three in once
by specifying only Notepad (or
only one of them by specifying second.txt)
You can also export a
list of all the opened windows (or only those that matches a specified title) into a text file, so that an
external application can know in advance if a specific
application is on execution, so it can
decide whether to kill it or not (and which is
the exact title to specify).
This is possible because
@KILL can work also as a command line utility,
by passing it some parameters, as described below, so it
can be invoked by external applications and batch files.
@KILL closes the windows
by sending them a WM_CLOSE message, which should
be managed by any any well behaved Windows application.
Please note however that an application can prompt the
user for confirmation prior to destroying a window, so
there's no garantee that an application can be really
closed by @KILL. You should test it for a specific
application before using it in a production environment.
be invoked with some command line parameters to be used
by external applications and batch files:
-L tells akill to export a
list of all the opened windows into the specified file name.
FileName can be specified
with an optional path and extension.
If you don't specify it, @KILL will export the list into the
aKill.txt file, in the same directory where aKill.exe is
If you don't specify the extension, .TXT will be added to the
WindowTitle is optional.
If you don't specify it, @KILL will list all the opened windows,
otherwise it will list only those windows whose title contains what
you've specified (case sensitive).
files\akill\akill.exe -L : Will export the
list of all the opened windows into the c:\program files\akill\akill.txt
list : Will export the same list into the list.txt
file (in the current directory).
"c:\My Documents\list.wnd" : Will
export the same list into the c:\My Documents\list.wnd
"c:\My Documents\list.wnd" Program: Will export only
the Windows titles containing the word Program into the c:\My Documents\list.wnd file.
The -K parameter
tells @KILL to close one of more windows.
mandatory and case sensitive.
It does not have
necessarily to be the EXACT Window caption. It can be
only a pattern. @KILL will close all the windows
containing that pattern in their caption.
If no windows
contains WindowTitle in their captions, nothing will
set WindowTitle too short, otherwise you
risk to close the wrong windows.
example: if you'll run akill.exe
-K "a" you'll close all the
windows containing the character "a" in the
title, including "Program
so, shutting down Windows itself (not before
receiving some error messages probably)
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the freeware @Kill rel. 1.3 installer program (919 Kb)
for Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11 and Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019 and 2022.
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You can use it for free as long as you want, either for
private purposes or in commercial organizations.
However, if you wish to
register your copy, will a small one time fee, the
startup dialog will not be shown when using it with the
command line parameters, as described above.
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and virtual, like faxmodems
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any application, including DOS and batch
files, to easily run SQL
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source, (Access, MySql, Oracle, Informix, ...)
redirecting the output to the screen,
an ascii file / table
or a DBF table.