Unhinge 'stuck' apps - ClickGone

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  1. bgoodman4

    bgoodman4 Registered Member

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    The following is from a recent CNET download newsletter and I was wondering what you folks thought of this app.

    Unhinge 'stuck' apps

    editor Jessica Dolcourt

    I'm not sure which is most disconcerting about a suspended application that refuses to unhang despite your constant clicking to close it down. Is it the fact that the program's unresponsiveness has hampered your perfectly good work flow or the fact that getting the app to shut down can be a hassle when you go through the Task Manager?

    These days, I don't have too long to mull over the question. I've come to rely on a tiny free utility called ClickGone. ClickGone has no application interface. Rather, opening it turns your cursor into a black and white target. After you navigate the target over the unresponsive app and click, it should only take ClickGone a few seconds to force close the stuck program.

    Patience is a virtue while using ClickGone. The possibility of clicking too quickly for the program is one reason you should make sure you carefully position that bull's-eye cursor. Clicking outside the interface puts you in greater danger of closing a secondary program, or even Windows itself, which really will set you back as you reboot. On the whole, ClickGone is a time-saver that we crack open to power down stubborn stuck apps.

    ClickGone
    http://download.cnet.com/ClickGone/3000-2094_4-10654166.html?tag=nl.e415
     
  2. Peter2150

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    Don't like the fact there doesn't seem to be a publishers website.

    Pete
     
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    It's opensource and hosted by sourceforge I think.

    Website : http://clickygone.sourceforge.net

    Or it's some other software ? Can't access CNET from here, so I cannot check.
     
  4. Peter2150

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    Different software. This allows quickly hiding something from view as opposed to killing something that won't die.
     
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    Why should I "carefully position the bullseye" over the program when I can three finger salute said program and know right away that it'
    s going to go bye-bye? Also, yeah, the no website thing makes me suspicious.
     
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    OK ! Sorry for the confusion.
     
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    As Pete has suggested, because of its non-existent Web site and Private WHOIS, do proceed with caution. Caveat Emptor!

    JR
     
  8. bgoodman4

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    I have always thought that if its listed on CNET its not dangerous. Also, there is an editors review (5 stars), its had just under 30,000 downloads (since 2007) and a user rating of 3 stars.

    I have found 2 other programs that look decent and wonder if anyone has heard of them or better yet tried them. Not exactly the same as above (which makes them possibly a better option for dealing with hung programs).

    AntiFreeze
    http://www.resplendence.com/antifreeze

    ProcessTamer
    http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Mouser/proctamer/

    Also I found this article that sounds reasonable but am not sure I would go this route.

    Unfreezing Frozen Windows Applications
    http://www.powertuneplus.com/pc/unfreezing_apps.shtm

    ACTUALLY, here is the publishers web-site address as provided by CNET http://www.stylet-software.com/

    AH! looks like the domain is for sale.
     
  9. JRViejo

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    bgoodman4, while CNet has always been very good, we would be remiss in our duties, if we did not inform Wilders visitors of the available information pertaining ClickGone.

    JR
     
  10. bgoodman4

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    Understood, thanks.
     
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