Application Purging with Clear-It
This is the user interface for Clear-It. Here you can see the Windows Vista Sidebar (sidebar.exe) is highlighted. The sidebar won't be terminated by clicking the "Nuke Memory" button in this example because it is not ticked.
In this example, the SQL Browser (sqlbrowser.exe), SQL Writer (sqlwriter.exe), & Quicktime Agent (qttask.exe) are ticked and will be shut down when the "# Shut Down Ticked Items(s) #" is clicked.
If you are wanting to ensure a suitable operating environment for program installation, compact disk burning or digital video disk burning, then you must close all unnecessary programs and applications. To achieve this enlightened state of computing, all you need to do is click the "Nuke Memory" button. Be sure that all open files are saved before doing this or you will lose your work. Clear-It is designed to shut down uncooperative applications and thus speed up the process of pre-installation system optimisation. Clear-It does not negotiate.
In extraordinary circumstances when more punch is needed to knock down applications that may be masquerading as vital system programs, you can arm the emergency stop button and blow everything away.
This has serious consequences for the Windows session and will require a reboot once explorer reloads itself. It is just for emergencies - hence the name.