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How to use Thumper



1         Execute the SETUP.EXE program.  This will install the thumper.exe program

            in C:\Program Files\Thumper\Thumper.exe


2.         Load the Thumper program.  Click on the Start button and then find the

            program group called: Thumper.  The Thumper program should exist

            within that group.


3.         When the Thumper program loads, it will automatically reduce itself to a

            small icon in the system tray area, which is normally on the lower right

            side of the screen.  To bring the Thumper program to the foreground,

            in order to enter the names of unwanted popup windows, place the

            mouse pointer over the Thumper icon and right-click the mouse.  One

            of the selection available to you will be "Restore".  Choose this selection

            and left click the mouse to cause the main Thumper window to appear.


4.         When the Thumper main window has been enabled, you will see a

Window similar to the following example:




Now click on the “View Popup Window Titles” menu selection.  The list

of current unwanted window titles will appear.  This list may look similar

to the following example:





The list will contain the information, displayed in the title bar, of those popup windows that you would

like to have automatically detected, and closed, by Thumper.  When you first install Thumper, this list

will be empty.  In order to add an entry, follow these steps.


            a.         Click on the "Add" button.

            b.         Type the exact string which appears in the title bar of the Window

                        that you wish to have detected and closed.

            c.         Click on the "Update" button.

            d.         Click on the "Close" button.


If the unwanted window is present when you enter this information, the window should disappear as

soon as you click on the "Update" button.  If it does not, then you have entered the unwanted-window

title information incorrectly.


When you have completed updating your list of unwanted windows, click on the minimize button on the

main Thumper screen.  This should cause the program to return to its state as an icon in the system tray area.


An Alternative Method of Adding Unwanted Window Names


The foregoing procedures describe how to manually enter the title of an unwanted window. 

However, there are times when the actual name of a window may not be easy to discern exactly. 

Thumper does contain a facility that will compile a list of current window titles (visible and hidden)

for your selection.  Please note that you should be VERY CAREFUL when selecting a window title

from this compiled list.  Selecting the wrong window name could result in the automatic

closing of a window (or program) that is essential to the execution of the Windows O/S or

some other desired application.


In order to use this capability, refer to the main Thumper screen as pictured below:



Press the “Show (Refresh) Current Windows Task List” button.  This will populate the combo

box (just below this button) with the names of the known tasks currently executing within the

Windows O/S.  Select the name of the unwanted window from this list and then press the

button which is labeled: “Add Named Task / Window to Auto-Close List”.  The window

that you selected should then close.  If it ever appears again, Thumper will close it automatically. 

Press the minimize button on the Thumper main screen.