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Giveaway of the day — AutoClose Pro 2.2

Gives you the power to specify how and when to close the running programs.
$29.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 23 (39%) 36 (61%) 40 comments

AutoClose Pro 2.2 was available as a giveaway on January 12, 2019!

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AutoClose is a handy Windows automation tool that gives you the power to specify how and when to close the running programs on your system. With AutoClose you get the choice to decide if you want to shut down, log off, hibernate or reboot your computer. It can support multiple tasks at a time and enable you to end background tasks effectively. This software truly gives you the peace of mind you need.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10 & Server (x32/x64)

Publisher:

AutoClose.net

Homepage:

https://autoclose.net/

File Size:

1.219 KB

Price:

$29.95

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#14

O.T.
I use Opera. I wish it would come up with a way to prevent when you click off the main window by mistake, you click off all opened windows. Firefox warns you that you're shutting down all windows.

Reply   |   Comment by ron goodin  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#13

Useless free verson. Not more than 2 programs can be operaated and that too for Not More Than 30 Minutes???

Reply   |   Comment by Abdul Rasheed  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Abdul Rasheed, Please activate the program with the key from Readme.

Reply   |   Comment by Alexa  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#12

I briefly looked over the AutoClose website and did not clearly find whether it can do the following:

Can AutoClose recognize and then automatically select a previously-chosen process/task whenever it runs and deal with it such that, for example, recurring programs (or background services) be allowed to run for a while then terminated, without having to manually select them each time?

The developer's comments would be welcome -- thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

HMarx,

Or, as another example, can AutoClose recognize a previously-chosen process/task, be set to allow it to run for a while (enough time to, say, complete a job of some sort), then shutdown/sleep/hibernate the computer?

Currently I'm not expert enough at using Windows Task Scheduler to know what all is possible, yet I know some of this can be set up in Task Scheduler (say, launching a program on a schedule, with a maximum allowed run time before ending); but does AutoClose provide a more flexible range of possible outcomes?

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#11

'CTRl + ALT + DELETE'...does the job for me...if I ever need it.

Reply   |   Comment by Ian  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Ian, CTRl + ALT + DELETE is also no progress. You still need a start/stop button to shut down the PC.

Reply   |   Comment by Louis Crypot  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#10

As far as I know, all open programs are closed when I press the on/off button. Or by folding the lid down, if the laptop is not on stanby.

Reply   |   Comment by Louis Crypot  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

I think that sort of depends on your settings in "choose what the power button does"...

Reply   |   Comment by cc  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I hope you mean you click on the Start button on the screen sna then Start the shutdown rather than press the on/off button (unless you need an unusable computer eventually).

Reply   |   Comment by Corek2000  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Corek2000, default ACPI power function is to shut windows down if you momentarily press the devices physical power button... you only risk making an unusably damaged file system if your bios is set to allow forced power shut off if power button is held down for more than 4 seconds. Of course asking windows to shutdown CAN stall if certain processes are in certain states like an editor of some sort having an unsaved document in it... then windows pauses the shutdown and asks what to do about the dilema.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#9

Sorra... but most of the comments (till now) don´t get the point:

1) most named "alternatives" just shut down windows itself, but do not handle running programs - which is a BIG difference!

2) a comletely different thing is a discussion on the real usability of this tool (beside its regular price):
) as already mentioned, NO program should be able to end a virus scanner! - If, this would be a major fail f the virus scanner itsel, because then every malicious softwarte could do the same...
b) just forcing(!) a program to end, means, that this prg.could not reset altered screen settings (resolution, colours et. and even other sensible stuff) so what a program like the offered on should be able to do, is to end a/all program(s) in a regular way... - but that need fine tuning and at least knowledge how to end a certain task.
There is several software that must be !correctly! ended to not end up in some fuzz (not only the visible screen, but e.g. not saved .ini files and much other stuff.
You can test a program yourself, if it (at least most likely) guarantees to can be ended in a brute way: Hit Alt-F4 inside the program and watch what is offered it you ask it to end thru this (but even than: this will not really guarantee it).

What the more tech interested CAN do and use alternatively is, playing with AutoHotkey.exe: That great (free!) tool (as well as AutoIt.exe!) offers all needed fine tuning for such tasks - but it need sometimes some work to find out ALL needed (conditional!) key presses to end a task correctly (and such without data loss or other mess).

Reply   |   Comment by wosa  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#8

is this able to close a widnow without killing its parent process?

Reply   |   Comment by temp10min  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#7

Can this program shut down programs like Microsoft Edge which always activates itself at start up?

Reply   |   Comment by Sim  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Sim, https://www.windowscentral.com/how-disable-microsoft-edges-first-run-page-windows-10

Reply   |   Comment by Ron  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

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[ Sim ],

No, this program only offers to close running programs at a specific time, but it does not offer to close a program anytime it reloads itself.

I use free Bitsum Process Lasso to block / "disallow" programs that incessantly try to restart themselves, like ctfmon.exe, werfault.exe and so on, then Process Lasso suspends them.

I've even quickly "disallowed" a virus in process and stopped it from continuing to corrupt a hard drive, giving me time to figure out what was happening.

I've found that registry tweaks, complete removal, creating locked empty directories out of the old program's directories, or locked files that are the same as the old directory name in hopes of causing failure if the program tried to create it's old directories again to be a cat and mouse game where somehow the program reinstalls itself anyway.

So, suspending it when it starts seems an acceptable compromise.
.

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Peter, I agree that Process Lasso is a most excellent utility for killing tasks that keep restarting, indeed it can be worth the license fee for just doing this, even ignoring its many other functions and capabilities. I don't know if the free version of Process Lasso provides this feature, it's under 'MAYBE' at bitsum.com/howfree (I use the Pro version, so cannot verify this one way or the other).

Reply   |   Comment by Tony Austin  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

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[ Tony Austin ],

Yes, that's why I wrote "free Bitsum Process Lasso".

Though I have Pro licenses, I use the free version because it's easier, never expires, updates without a problem ( the pro version updates to the free version at some point anyway ), and I know when boot is pretty much finished because of the "please buy me" nag popup.

Funny that I find the free version of Process Lasso better behaved than the Pro version.
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Reply   |   Comment by Peter Blaise  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

G'day Peter,
I have a LIFETIME license for Process Lasso Pro, and perhaps this is why I don't have any problems with its automatic updates. (My Pro version never updates to the free version,)

Reply   |   Comment by Tony Austin  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

Sorry, but this seems to be too simple. It would be nice, if there is possibility do some if/else decisions and so on. Now 30 €uro price tag is quite ridiculous for tasks you can do with Windows Task Manager. Sorry if this sounds to unpleasant.

Reply   |   Comment by P.Ervert  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Sorry, my intention was to write "tasks you can do with Windows _Task Scheduler_". :-)

Reply   |   Comment by P.Ervert  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#5

Here are a few freebies...

http://www.airytec.com/en/switch-off/

https://alternativeto.net/software/amp-winoff/about/

http://www.den4b.com/products/shutter

http://www.wisecleaner.com/wise-auto-shutdown.html

Reply   |   Comment by Mothman  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

Mothman, are you the great and powerful creature who terrorized West Virginia in 1967? Wow! You have to be at least 70 years old. You'll need a program like this one to shut your own self down soon on the die you die. All hail, the mighty Mothman!

Reply   |   Comment by Black Cat Hell  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-26)
#4

Great comments so far ... by late morning they'll all be positive mushy ones about how great it is...and an 85 % thumbs up.

Reply   |   Comment by Mothman  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#3

impossible d'atteindre les commentaires sur la page France
Ctrl+Alt+Suppr et "ouvrir le gestionnaire de tâche".
C'est intégré à Windows

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

David, David, Vous avez raison, les "commentaires" ne fonctionnent pas!

Reply   |   Comment by Fernand Constantin  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#2

This program requires it to be open or minimized throughout the process or killing any task, as assigned by the user.It doesn't run in invisible mode, i mean in the background.
Also i tried shutting down my Anti-virus after 2 min time and it couldn't do that. So pretty useless. I tried shutting down CareuEyes, which it did! But the hue in the screen didn't change to normal, as the program CareuEyes does when it is on.
So all in all, it kind a killed few programs assigned but also i couldn't kill such things like AntiVirus.
Pretty useless software, i'll not recommend this to other people. But could have been better.
Don't bother downloading this, but thank you GAOTD for your offer.

Reply   |   Comment by Endomondo  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

Endomondo, Antivirus software likely has protection to prevent outside programs from shutting it down.

Reply   |   Comment by shegeek72  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+35)

shegeek72, I think u are who decide what happening on your pc.

Reply   |   Comment by hurka79  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

hurka79, That's correct to a certain extent. However, what good is antivirus if it's disabled? Some viruses and Trojans try to disable antivirus, so they're designed not to allow software to disable them. Obviously, the user can disable them manually. I'm a PC tech.

Reply   |   Comment by shegeek72  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

hurka79, You are, and if you choose to install an anti-virus, you choose to not have malicious programs shutting down your antivirus rendering it useless and leaving you open to any malware that chooses to do so. Any AV that DOESN'T do that is kinda pointless.

Reply   |   Comment by JDP  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

JDP, That works IF the malicious software has been detected and added to the antivirus's library of known exploits. However, AV cannot always recognize zero-day exploits. Or if the AV hasn't been updated to known malicious software. No AV is 100% accurate at finding and eliminating malicious software.

Reply   |   Comment by shegeek72  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Not sure why people are voting up this post. Obviously Antivirus software has tamper protection, otherwise any virus could come along and clobber it anytime! This does not make it "useless software" by any means. As for the other program mentioned, obviously it leaves Windows a state where the display colors do not revert properly when terminated. This is clearly a fault / design limitation with THAT software.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

shegeek72, It doesn't need any program added to it's definitions to block programs shutting it down. That's kinda the point of tamper protection.

And you a "PC tech"?!

Reply   |   Comment by JDP  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

JDP, Perhaps you should re-read what I wrote. I said, "That works IF the malicious software has been detected and added to the antivirus's library of known exploits. However, AV cannot always recognize zero-day exploits. Or if the AV hasn't been updated to known malicious software. No AV is 100% accurate at finding and eliminating malicious software." Maybe you misunderstood the term "malicious software." I'll clarify with malicious code's signature. Does that make more sense?

And you a "PC tech"?! With over 25 years of experience.

Reply   |   Comment by shegeek72  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

shegeek72, The AV signatures/library has nothing to do with an AV's anti tamper functions - that blocks ANY program from shutting the AV down. Whether it's a malicious/known program is irrelevant.

Reply   |   Comment by JDP  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#1

What's wrong with the "Task Manager?" Sorry.

Reply   |   Comment by Thomas Roberts  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Thomas Roberts, Task manager has NO timer

Reply   |   Comment by Liviu  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Liviu,
does this program on;y have a 30 minute timer?

Reply   |   Comment by bob  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
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