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KillCopy – Fast Freeware File Copier

by Johnny Karp 29 August 2009 7 Comments

Features Overview

  • Can speed up copying of large files from a hard disk to another.
  • Can speed up file copying in a network.
  • Very customizable.


KillCopy is a freeware program that can help you to copy your files and folders a lot faster than Windows Explorer would. The program was designed to help with copying files in a network but it works perfectly for copying files on local drives too. I’ve been using TeraCopy for that purpose, a very good freeware program, but I can never restrain my curiosity so I decided to test KillCopy too. Like TeraCopy, KillCopy integrates in the Windows Explorer shell, so it will be easy to have access to it whenever you need it. You can also set it to handle copy/paste and drag and drop copying automatically.

killcopy screenshot 1

A quick comparison between the two freeware programs shows that there is no major difference when it comes to copying files on local drives. KillCopy is a lot better when it comes to network drives, so if you need to copy files in a network KillCopy is definitely a good free option.

killcopy screenshot 2

The great thing about KillCopy is that you have a lot of options that you can explore through the settings window, you can change the skin, set your computer to shut down after the completion of a file transfer, even tweak the buffer size to optimize the speed. If you hover the mouse pointer over any of the commands there will be nice informative tooltips popping up, very helpful. You can always pause a file transfer and even abort it with the option to resume from where it left off.

killcopy screenshot 3

If you ask me the default skin looks kinda ugly, so you might want to try the other skins that are available. There are also some additional skins available to download on the program website. Last but not least, KillCopy does not have a pro version with more features, like TeraCopy does, it’s 100% freeware. And you can also start the program from through the command line.

Version Tested




Operating System

Windows XP

Download link


Fast and reliable.

Very customizable.

minus The interface is ugly as hell.




Overall KillCopy is a very good freeware file copier, great for network transfers and for local drives copying as well. The features that it offers are very helpful, like setting it to shut down your PC after completing a transfer or resuming an aborted transfer. These features make it a better option than TeraCopy but if you consider that TeraCopy’s latest release is still in beta I guess we can hope for some improvements there.

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If you have any trouble with this software just leave a comment, I’ll help you out! If you know better free programs in the same category, please let me know!



  • Dusan said:

    standard interface is crap,
    just switch skin to normal windows style… it is litlle better that way

  • Johnny Karp said:

    You’re right Dusan, it is a little better, but just a little…

  • assaf said:

    It might sound a bit dummy, but after downloading a skin (there are so many and some look really nice), where do I change it?

  • Johnny Karp said:

    You can change it in the settings window.

  • rono said:

    Just try the open source “Fastcopy”.http://ipmsg.org/tools/fastcopy.html.en

  • jim said:

    An unfortunate choice of names – I’d be nervous of using it to transfer data I don’t want to lose.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    You’re right, I had the same feeling 🙂

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