Go to the command-prompt and query the service (e.g. the SMTP service) by using sc:
sc queryex SMTPSvc
This will give you the following information:
TYPE : 20 WIN32_SHARE_PROCESS
STATE : 4 RUNNING
(STOPPABLE, PAUSABLE, ACCEPTS_SHUTDOWN)
WIN32_EXIT_CODE : 0 (0x0)
SERVICE_EXIT_CODE : 0 (0x0)
CHECKPOINT : 0x0
WAIT_HINT : 0x0
PID : 388
or something like this (the “state” will mention stopping). Over here you can find the process identifier (PID).
So it’s pretty easy to kill the associated process either by using the task manager or by using taskkill:
taskkill /PID 388 /F
where the /F flag is needed to force the process kill (first try without the flag).