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Lost Task manager ??

Osprey

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#1
If I try any of the normal methods to access Task manager, it brings up the screen to 'lock computer' ... 'change password' etc.
But Task manager no longer appears as an option ??


If I right click the bottom bar drop down list shows 'Task manager' but is 'greyed' out ... how do I get task manager access back ?

Vista Ultimate 32 bit
 

Seth

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#2
Hi Osprey.

Go to this site:

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

To the right of #51, click on enable task manager. Copy and paste that text into notepad then save the file to the desktop. You can name it anything you want. Now right click on the saved file and choose Rename. Rename it with .reg extension. Now double click the file and you will be asked if you want to merge the script with the registry. Choose Yes and restart the computer. Task Manager should be back.

Keep in mind that a disabled Task manager is usually a result of a malware infection. Can you get into Add/Remove programs and regedit? For regedit, go to Start, Run, type in regedit and press ok.
 

Osprey

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#3
Hi Osprey.

Go to this site:

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm

To the right of #51, click on enable task manager. Copy and paste that text into notepad then save the file to the desktop. You can name it anything you want. Now right click on the saved file and choose Rename. Rename it with .reg extension. Now double click the file and you will be asked if you want to merge the script with the registry. Choose Yes and restart the computer. Task Manager should be back.

Keep in mind that a disabled Task manager is usually a result of a malware infection. Can you get into Add/Remove programs and regedit? For regedit, go to Start, Run, type in regedit and press ok.
Quick response ... and even simpler to install than you mentioned .. just double clicked on the entry .. and it fixed it - thanks.
 

Seth

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#4
Great. Sometimes a reg change will require a restart, so that's why I mentioned it.

If I were you, I would download, update and run a complete scan with this program: www.superantispyware.com.

If it finds anything other than Tracking Cookies, then please go into it's Preferences>Logs and copy/paste the log back into this thread.
 

Osprey

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Great. Sometimes a reg change will require a restart, so that's why I mentioned it.

If I were you, I would download, update and run a complete scan with this program: www.superantispyware.com.

If it finds anything other than Tracking Cookies, then please go into it's Preferences>Logs and copy/paste the log back into this thread.
I had an anti virus package installed ... but my ISP advised mt IP address was being hijacked ... so upgraded to Norton.
It may have been around that point that malware killed the Task Manager.

I'll give that scan a go ... Thnx