How To: Kill all Windows processes with the same name at once

There are numerous applications that, when running, create a ton of processes. This means that if you want to shut the program down for whatever reason, you need to manually terminate all of the processes. Sometimes, this can lead to trouble as not only does it take a long time, but it might also be counter-productive to the whole process. There are three major ways to completely shut down all of the processes and we will detail them all here.

Task Manager Trees


Some programs that create multiple processes put them all under one “process tree”. If you right click on the process in the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc) you will see an option that says “End Process Tree”. You should definitely try this option first but unfortunately, it does not work for a lot of programs. Still, this is the easiest way to do it and you should try it before moving on to the next methods.

Using the command line tool


Press Windows Key + R, type in cmd and hit Enter. This will open the command prompt. Then, type in the following command. Replace the “processname.exe” part with your own:
taskkill /F /IM processname.exe /T

Create a shortcut


Right click on an empty space on your PC, like your Desktop, go to the New menu and click on Shortcut. Then, type in the same command used in the command line tool above. Give it a name and then store it wherever you want. This is very useful if you often kill multiple processes. You can even give it a custom icon if you want.