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where is my task manager?

By gnoble1 ·
When I try to pull up task manager it's blank. A flag tells me it's been removed by the administrator. It's my personal cpu. I am the administrator. How do I get it back? What did I do wrong?

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by zrow0ne In reply to where is my task manager?

It sounds like the computer is infected with a virus/trojan. Make sure your computer has a good virus scanner ( or www.mcafee) and run a live update to make sure you have the latest virus definitions. Restart the computer and keep pressing the F8 key until a menu pops up(this menu will appear right before the Windows XP screen you see when the computer is booting up). From the menu choose safe mode and hit enter, click "yes" on the prompt that asks if you want to start the computer in safe mode. The screen might look real big and fuzzy but just ignore that. Open your virus protection software and perform a full system scan while in safe mode. I would also run a adware/spyware scan ( after the virus scan. Hopefully, it detects and removes any infections. Finally restart the computer and its good to go.

If no viruses are found you may have to reinstall the OS. Basically put the Windows cd in the drive, restart the computer and boot from the cd. Choose the repair option to reinstall system files that may have been deleted or corrupted. Good luck!

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by XT John In reply to where is my task manager?

Is this machine joined to a domain? there are settings within group policy that deny access to the task manager. If your Active Directory profile resides in one of those locked down areas, the denial to task manager will be passed onto you. If the machine is not part of a domain, the 2 places to check for permissions are the gpedit.msc, and the permissions on the taskmgr.exe file itself. Assuming your running Windows 2000 or XP, click on start, run and type in gpedit.msc Under the User Configuration group, click on the administrative templates, Ctrl+ALT+DEL Options. Check if Remove Task Manager is enabled. If so, change it to not configured. Else, find the taskmgr.exe file, found in the Windows\System32 folder (Sometimes WINNT\System32) and right click on it. One of the tabs should be Security (if not, simple file sharing may need to be disabled), and see if your profile is being blocked access or permissions to the taskmgr.exe

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by oldbag In reply to where is my task manager?

I had this problem before. I agree that this is a result of maleware of some kind. Check out Microsoft technet article 555546

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