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Kill a process which says "Access denied"

I have a process that I can't kill with either Task Manager or Process Explorer - I get the error "Access denied". The process isn't a Windows executable.

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Guest [Entry]

"Download ""Process Explorer"".
On the process properties view, select the security tab.
Press the permissions button.
Press the advanced button.
If necessary, add yourself or a group you belong to.
Edit your permissions to include ""Terminate"". (you will need to already have the ""Change Permissions"" permission, or you are out of luck.)

In general, the need to kill tasks means somebody is not doing something correctly. I'd look for another solution to whatever problem you are facing. Perhaps if you told us more about that we could find a more graceful option?"
Guest [Entry]

"You just need to give process explorer administrative privileges, no need of adding any account or not (if you're already an admin). There is no need of telling which processes to terminate or not or installing any other process manager (even I love Process Explorer).


Right-click and ""Run as administrator""
Go to properties and then compatibility and select ""Run as administrator""

Now it'll never say access denied."
Guest [Entry]

Not sure the reason but using Sysinternal's Process Explorer and clicking at "Show Details for All Processes" from File menu solved the issue and allowed me to kill the service. Perhaps it switches to Admin mode only then.
Guest [Entry]

"Open Task Manager. Go to the Process Tab.
Right click on the process and click on Properties.
Click on the Security Tab and then click on Edit.
On the Permissions window click on the Add button to open the Select Users Group or Groups window.
On the Select Users or Groups window you can enter the usernames of the accounts you want apply the restrictions.
Select your username and set the permissions to deny/allow by checking the checkbox under the deny/allow option.
Click on Apply and then Ok.