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I have written a Windows DOS batch file that will close Firefox if it locks up on you

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I tested the program and found no problem using it. Using your file explorer, go to a directory of your choosing.
(Not the desk top)
Create a new file and call it KillFirefox.bat or whatever you want. Note; this is a BAT file.
Open the file with a file editor, and copy everything below into it (after the ========= of course).
Save the file. Now, use the file explorer, right click the new program, and select
Create A Shortcut. Then move the shortcut to the desk top. Place it somewhere on the screen
so that if Firefox locks up, you can still reach the shortcut.

If you want more information about Taskkill, open a DOS window, and type Taskkill /?

WARNING ! ! ! You will loose anything that has not been saved.

TASKKILL /T /F /IM Firefox.exe


TASKKILL system [/U username [/P [password]]]
         { filter processid | /IM imagename } /T /F
    This tool is used to terminate tasks by process id (PID) or image name.
Parameter List:
    /S    system           Specifies the remote system to connect to.
    /U    [domain\]user    Specifies the user context under which the
                           command should execute.
    /P    [password]       Specifies the password for the given user
                           context. Prompts for input if omitted.
    /FI   filter           Applies a filter to select a set of tasks.
                           Allows "*" to be used. ex. imagename eq acme*
    /PID  processid        Specifies the PID of the process to be terminated.
                           Use TaskList to get the PID.
    /IM   imagename        Specifies the image name of the process
                           to be terminated. Wildcard '*' can be used
                           to specify all tasks or image names.
    /T                     Terminates the specified process and any
                           child processes which were started by it.
    /F                     Specifies to forcefully terminate the process(es).
    /?                     Displays this help message.

Modified by cor-el

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There are other methods of killing Firefox and the keyboard shortcut Alt+F4 may come in handy as that quits a program in Windows. (& Linux or Cmd +W in a Mac )

I am not sure that Firefox locking up will be a very common issue, but if it is then that needs investigating.

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@FredMcD -

Is there any way to suppress the command window from opening?

TIA :)

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Why is this in the forum?

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Moderators: see /forums/forum-moderators/710284

Perhaps this can be useful(?)