How to Kill Process on cPanel WHM

Learn how to kill processes on WHM/cPanel with this video tutorial. The kill background process feature in WHM/cPanel allows you to stop certain processes your users may have started.

*This tutorial shows you how to use the cPanel background process killer. If you like this tutorial, check out our tutorial on how to manage plugins in cpanel.

Transcript for How to Kill Process on cPanel WHM

How to use the background process killer in WHM. With the Background Process Killer, you can tell WHM to search every day for processes your users should have no reason to run in a standard web hosting environment. If a process is found, the scanner will automatically kill the process and send you an e-mail telling you who was running it. Locate the System Health category. Click Background Process Killer.

WHM recommends that you check all of the programs in this list. Most of these relate to IRC, or Internet Relay Chat. IRC bring with it the stigma of causing lots of Denial of Service attacks, so most hosts explicitly disallow their users to run IRC servers on their networks. This scanner will find these processes even if the user tries to hide them by renaming them. We’ll do as they suggest and check off all the programs. Scroll down, using this text area, you many enter a list of users that you want the process killer to ignore, one per line. Press Save to finish.

Your selection has been saved. All the process you chose will be killed every night, if detected. Also, any users you entered have been marked as trusted. This completes the tutorial. You now know how to use the Background Process Killer in WHM.