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task manager will not run, but is not disabled

Hi -

the Task Manager will not run on this Win XP Home PC.  Why not?  I have no clue.

Symptoms:

1)  hit CTRL-ALT-DEL - nothing happens

2) right-click on the taskbar, and Task Manager is available.  But when selected, nothing happens.

help help!

ub
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MnfCommented:
this behavior is related to virus/spyware, try to run antivirus/antispyware program to eliminate it
i recommend to you Spybot-S&D,
http://www.safer-networking.org/
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and235100Commented:
Have you tried clicking on start, run, type taskman

The best thing to do is run a definitions update for your av, and run the scan in Safe Mode.

Then do a full spyware scan (with updated definitions)

and finally, go to start, run, type cmd

type sfc.exe /scannow

in the command window.
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natcomCommented:
go here http://www.ewido.net/en/onlinescan/   and click on scan now
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RobertAuthor Commented:
and235100 -

Good idea - tried it - (taskman) - but it did nothing.  Did a file search and taskman did not show up (looking under C:\Windows and including hidden/system files).

ub



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gvlobCommented:
I agree with MNf, this is usually due to virus/spyware. Besides using Spybot, Adaware, or any of the well know anti-spyware programs, you can also go to SystemInternals and download their free process explorer which should have no problems running. You can get it here:

http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/ProcessExplorer.html
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RobertAuthor Commented:
I'm currently installing Norton Systemworks 2006 (std, with NAV, GoBack, and Worm Protection activated), and running thru the LiveUpdate until I get an "all products are up-to-date" message - not yet!!!

NSW has found some spyware risks (high, medium, low) and I've removed them all.  

Will probably try either TM's Anti-Spyware or Webroot's SpySweeper online scans, once done updating and running afull scan with NAV.

ub
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RobertAuthor Commented:
is there some place to restore taskman(.exe?) from?

ub
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neutron7Commented:
if you need to restore it you could try the windows XP  "system file checker"
please see this site for a description of how to use it
http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html
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MnfCommented:
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RobertAuthor Commented:
MnF
>>ok try this
>>http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/163/

The HKCU did not have a policies tab/folder under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\

The HKCM did not have any DisableTaskMgr, so I created one and left the value as 0 - as to NOT disable the TaskManager.

Of course, there is no taskman(.exe??  see above notes) on this PC, so why would this work?!

ub
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gvlobCommented:
Try copying it from another PC. Otherwise, you can reinstall the OS. You can also do as I suggested and use the Process Explorer for system internals. It's better than task manager and it can be used as a replacement.
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RobertAuthor Commented:
to ALL:  Wow - I found a PrcView.exe (Symantec branded) that does a tree view of processes that seems to be the bee's knees.  upon right-clicking, the options include version, startup info, File properties, & Google search.  I can now see what svchost.exe is actually running.

back to the issue at hand - I haven't been able to restore <Ctrl-Alt-Del> or the "Task Manager" option when right-clicking the taskbar yet.  Would any SP2 .bin or .cat file have taskman (.exe or .ex_)?

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MnfCommented:
ok
i uploaded to you my taskman.exe file
http://www.uploading.com/files/EORNZA4J/TASKMAN.rar.html

unzip it then copy it to your windows folder

or you can do
sfc/scannow
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and235100Commented:
Thankyou Mnf and neutron7 - but I suggested this at the start of the question!

Read the posts - make sure you do not repeat suggestions! Read the rules!
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RobertAuthor Commented:
To all -

So far, the Symantec process viewer [PrcView.exe] is the best I've seen.  However, I will give credit to  gvlob for the downloadable viewer, as well as the suggestion to copy it from another PC.

I've installed SpySweeper, and it identified some high risk items that have now been deleted.

Thanks all for your input.

ub

ps - a special mention to and235100 for the SFC/scannow suggestion - if only this PC had the system disks to draw from!!!
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gvlobCommented:
Thanks uglyboy703, by the way where did you get PrcView.exe from? I'd like to try it.
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