MS Windows - "taskkill" from C program?

How the following command

taskkill /IM dotDefender_bpd.exe /F

should be used from C?

Or what is the relevant function for this?
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sarabandeCommented:
you could execute the above command calling system, ShellExecute or CreateProcess.

the system call would open a commandline box when started from a non-console program.

however taskkill is an 'unfriendly' and potentially dangerous method to terminate a process cause the program killed might not be able to make a proper closing. so the next restart could make problems after that. or some data were not saved.

generally you should try a 'smoother' method of terminating. see

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms686722(v=vs.85).aspx

for details.

Sara
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jkrCommented:
You might want to give MS' own solution a try: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;178893& ('How To Terminate an Application "Cleanly" in Win32'):
//******************
   //Header
   //******************

   #include <windows.h>

   #define TA_FAILED 0
   #define TA_SUCCESS_CLEAN 1
   #define TA_SUCCESS_KILL 2
   #define TA_SUCCESS_16 3

   DWORD WINAPI TerminateApp( DWORD dwPID, DWORD dwTimeout ) ;
   DWORD WINAPI Terminate16App( DWORD dwPID, DWORD dwThread,
                        WORD w16Task, DWORD dwTimeout );

   //******************
   //Source
   //******************

   #include "TermApp.h"
   #include <vdmdbg.h>

   typedef struct
   {
      DWORD   dwID ;
      DWORD   dwThread ;
   } TERMINFO ;

   // Declare Callback Enum Functions.
   BOOL CALLBACK TerminateAppEnum( HWND hwnd, LPARAM lParam ) ;

   BOOL CALLBACK Terminate16AppEnum( HWND hwnd, LPARAM lParam ) ;

   /*----------------------------------------------------------------
   DWORD WINAPI TerminateApp( DWORD dwPID, DWORD dwTimeout )

   Purpose:
      Shut down a 32-Bit Process (or 16-bit process under Windows 95)

   Parameters:
      dwPID
         Process ID of the process to shut down.

      dwTimeout
         Wait time in milliseconds before shutting down the process.

   Return Value:
      TA_FAILED - If the shutdown failed.
      TA_SUCCESS_CLEAN - If the process was shutdown using WM_CLOSE.
      TA_SUCCESS_KILL - if the process was shut down with
         TerminateProcess().
      NOTE:  See header for these defines.
   ----------------------------------------------------------------*/ 
   DWORD WINAPI TerminateApp( DWORD dwPID, DWORD dwTimeout )
   {
      HANDLE   hProc ;
      DWORD   dwRet ;

      // If we can't open the process with PROCESS_TERMINATE rights,
      // then we give up immediately.
      hProc = OpenProcess(SYNCHRONIZE|PROCESS_TERMINATE, FALSE,
         dwPID);

      if(hProc == NULL)
      {
         return TA_FAILED ;
      }

      // TerminateAppEnum() posts WM_CLOSE to all windows whose PID
      // matches your process's.
      EnumWindows((WNDENUMPROC)TerminateAppEnum, (LPARAM) dwPID) ;

      // Wait on the handle. If it signals, great. If it times out,
      // then you kill it.
      if(WaitForSingleObject(hProc, dwTimeout)!=WAIT_OBJECT_0)
         dwRet=(TerminateProcess(hProc,0)?TA_SUCCESS_KILL:TA_FAILED);
      else
         dwRet = TA_SUCCESS_CLEAN ;

      CloseHandle(hProc) ;

      return dwRet ;
   }

   /*----------------------------------------------------------------
   DWORD WINAPI Terminate16App( DWORD dwPID, DWORD dwThread,
                        WORD w16Task, DWORD dwTimeout )

   Purpose:
      Shut down a Win16 APP.

   Parameters:
      dwPID
         Process ID of the NTVDM in which the 16-bit application is
         running.

      dwThread
         Thread ID of the thread of execution for the 16-bit
         application.

      w16Task
         16-bit task handle for the application.

      dwTimeout
         Wait time in milliseconds before shutting down the task.

   Return Value:
      If successful, returns TA_SUCCESS_16
      If unsuccessful, returns TA_FAILED.
      NOTE:  These values are defined in the header for this
      function.

   NOTE:
      You can get the Win16 task and thread ID through the
      VDMEnumTaskWOW() or the VDMEnumTaskWOWEx() functions.
   ----------------------------------------------------------------*/ 
   DWORD WINAPI Terminate16App( DWORD dwPID, DWORD dwThread,
                        WORD w16Task, DWORD dwTimeout )
   {
      HINSTANCE      hInstLib ;
      TERMINFO      info ;

      // You will be calling the functions through explicit linking
      // so that this code will be binary compatible across
      // Win32 platforms.
      BOOL (WINAPI *lpfVDMTerminateTaskWOW)(DWORD dwProcessId,
         WORD htask) ;

      hInstLib = LoadLibraryA( "VDMDBG.DLL" ) ;
      if( hInstLib == NULL )
         return TA_FAILED ;

      // Get procedure addresses.
      lpfVDMTerminateTaskWOW = (BOOL (WINAPI *)(DWORD, WORD ))
         GetProcAddress( hInstLib, "VDMTerminateTaskWOW" ) ;

      if( lpfVDMTerminateTaskWOW == NULL )
      {
         FreeLibrary( hInstLib ) ;
         return TA_FAILED ;
      }

      // Post a WM_CLOSE to all windows that match the ID and the
      // thread.
      info.dwID = dwPID ;
      info.dwThread = dwThread ;
      EnumWindows((WNDENUMPROC)Terminate16AppEnum, (LPARAM) &info) ;

      // Wait.
      Sleep( dwTimeout ) ;

      // Then terminate.
      lpfVDMTerminateTaskWOW(dwPID, w16Task) ;

      FreeLibrary( hInstLib ) ;
      return TA_SUCCESS_16 ;
   }

   BOOL CALLBACK TerminateAppEnum( HWND hwnd, LPARAM lParam )
   {
      DWORD dwID ;

      GetWindowThreadProcessId(hwnd, &dwID) ;

      if(dwID == (DWORD)lParam)
      {
         PostMessage(hwnd, WM_CLOSE, 0, 0) ;
      }

      return TRUE ;
   }

   BOOL CALLBACK Terminate16AppEnum( HWND hwnd, LPARAM lParam )
   {
      DWORD      dwID ;
      DWORD      dwThread ;
      TERMINFO   *termInfo ;

      termInfo = (TERMINFO *)lParam ;

      dwThread = GetWindowThreadProcessId(hwnd, &dwID) ;

      if(dwID == termInfo->dwID && termInfo->dwThread == dwThread )
      {
         PostMessage(hwnd, WM_CLOSE, 0, 0) ;
      }

      return TRUE ;
   }

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longjumpsAuthor Commented:
thanks. testing solution.
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