program stalls, is non-responsive, but its running process cannot be killed with taskmanager

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by RalfG, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. RalfG

    RalfG Guest

    A strange and annoying problem that seems to affect mainly bittorrent apps
    but has also affected Explorer.exe.

    I initially had it happen with Bitcomet.. the program stopped responding for
    whatever reason and wouldn't close with the Windows pop-up. Task Manager
    also couldn't kill the process and the program window just remained
    on-screen. Only a reboot would get rid of it. Thinking it was a
    program-specific problem I uninstalled Bitcomet, but as it happened I get
    exactly the same problem happening with both Azureus and uTorrent. The
    stalled program doesn't affect other software that is running but ports that
    it opened remain open and also cannot be closed.

    In one instance since this started I also had an explorer crash that did not
    recover on its own. After I restarted explorer.exe manually from Task
    Manager I found that there was an existing 2nd instance of explorer.exe
    running. It was non-responsive and the process could not be killed. As with
    the bittorrent clients I had to reboot in order to get rid of the
    non-responsive program.

    Anyone have any idea what is going on here?
    RalfG, Jan 3, 2008
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