I see a lot of people mention "Task Killer" apps. Dumb question, but what exactly do they do?
It will stop certain applications from running on your phone. Opinion is sharply divided on whether or not this is a good thing to have. I recommend you avoid Advance Task Killer if you do decide to put one on your phone.
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An app that will Kill (Stop) running apps....
Needed...UnNeeded is the big question.
Some say they are needed, others do not use them at all..
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Also, I use Advanced Task Killer, and haven't noticed any problems. Why do people recommend not using it?
The way you, and the poster before you, use the Task Killer, IMO is fine. Using it in single instances to 'close' an app I don't see an issue with. It's when you set Task Killer to run constantly and continually close apps that you're going to run into problems. Task killers, running in the background, can and will cause issues with your phone and other apps. Using a Task Killer, like you guys are, to 'close' an app or browser windows.... you shouldn't run into any problems, and it creates a convenience for you. Just don't run the Task Killer in the background and I think you'll be fine
Task Killers won't increase performance (it's placebo effect at work here folks )