Many tasks that can be performed on PC's these days require
you to close all currently running programs. For example, almost
every installer asks you to close all other applications to
minimize conflicts and to avoid replacing in-use files. Other
high-end tasks, such as burning CDs and defragmenting or
scanning hard drives can slow down or even fail when other
processes 'kick in', like background programs, the screen saver
or a scheduled task.
Of course, you could manually close each program one by one,
disable the screen saver…, but that is where SmartClose comes
in. SmartClose will automatically close all running programs,
disable the screen saver and halt all other processes that can
interrupt without asking.
But what when the task is finished and you want to restore
everything that was disabled by SmartClose? Restart the
computer? No, because before SmartClose closes or disables
anything, it will save the current state of the system (running
programs, screen saver…) to a 'system snapshot', that can be
opened and restored again later.
- Two wizards: the Close Programs wizard, for closing all
the programs, and the Restore wizard, to restore a system
snapshot. Both provide an intuitive and clear interface, and
assist you step by step.
- Thanks to its SmartClose-technology, most programs
can be properly closed, so that the program can still save its
settings and return memory and resources to the system.
- In the rare cases that a program can't be properly closed,
SmartClose can use SmartKill to kill the program.
Still, all the memory and resources used by the program will
- If you don't want a program to be closed or killed by
SmartClose, you can add it to a list of 'Protected Programs'.
- Besides closing programs, SmartClose also closes Explorer
and Internet Explorer windows and saves their current
location, so they can be restored properly later.
- Disables and restores the screen saver.
- On modern Windows versions, SmartClose stops and restarts
Windows services that can interrupt other processes, such as
the Task Scheduler. On Windows 9x/Millennium, the Task
Scheduler can also be disabled and re-enabled.
- And finally, you get all of these features for free.
SmartClose is 100% freeware without any nag screens, trial
periods, ads, spyware etc.
Note: SmartClose currently doesn't include any documentation.
However, the FAQ-page
provides some basic help. If you still
questions about the program, you can mail them to me.
This is the SmartClose Setup, that will install
all the required files to your computer.
Date: February 3, 2010
File size: 687 KB
Server: Skynet (Belgium)