Ending tasks in command prompt

Posted on 2002-06-12
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I need to know if there is a way to stop and end tasks or processes that are running on a windows 2000, XP, 98, and 95 PC for wihtin the command prompt or when booting into the PC with a win9x bootdisk. I have had some users open an email virus that just puts a setup.exe into the startup folder in the startmenu and you can't end the task to delete the file. Not a bad virus just really annoying. But I'd like to create a batch file it this is possible and mail it to those that opened it and have then run it so I don't have to go to the 100 some odd users that opened it.

Thanks a ton

 If you would like to read about it go to www.mcafee.com go to the virus info lib. and search for password and click the first link.
Question by:Ryan Bennett
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Go to http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/freeware/pstools.shtml and get these command line utilities 'pskill' can certainly do what you want.

>>or when booting into the PC with a win9x bootdisk

Err, when you boot your system from a (DOS!) boot disk, you won't have to kill a process...

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How about deleting the executable and the menu link via a domain login script?
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by:Adam Leinss
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jkr is on the right track.  You can use pskill in a batch file to kill the process and then do something like

del C:\documents and settings\%user%\Start Menu\

%user% is something I made up.  You would have to find a utility to return who is currently logged into the variable.  WhoamI (http://www.simtel.net/pub/pd/57930.html) might help, but I'm not sure how to pipe its username info into the batch variable.  Perhaps Windows 2000 already defines an environmental variable that someone can confirm or deny.
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by:Adam Leinss
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Oh yeah, if you do have a domain setup, Nevaar's solution is VERY easy!
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by:Adam Leinss
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Just took a guess and %USERNAME% holds the name of the current user that is logged in:

Microsoft Windows 2000 [Version 5.00.2195]
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Z:\>echo %username%

So use %username% instead of %user%

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by:Ryan Bennett
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Never before have I gotten answers that would all solve my problem, I would like to award the points to you all!! Thanks a bunch for your time an efferts.

 These pstools rock! Thanks for the link. After running this all they had to do was right-click and del the shortcut out of their start menu I didn't even have to leave my office once.

 The domain would have worked but we don't have a domain setup yet but thanks.
 And the batch file tips would really help buy they seem to have taken care of the shortcut ok thanks!!



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