Killing runaway (high cpu utilization) process

Posted on 2005-04-27
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Last Modified: 2008-03-10
I have a few programs that "go nuts" all of a sudden chewing up 25% - 50% of cpu utilization
on my w2k servers.  I thought for a while that pskill from sysinternals was the be all and end
all in process termination.  But then, last week, pskill failed to kill one of these runaway processes.
So I rebooted the server, which works, but it is a pain to do.

So two questions.  Anything work when pskill fails?  Anyway to detect and kill a runaway process.
Like "after sustained cpu utilization of over 24% for 30 seconds, kill it"?


Question by:gsgi
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rossfingal earned 2000 total points
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Try "Procx" (free) from:
Or -
"PrcView" (free) from:


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