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Task Manager mysteriously disabled

Question : I keep my Dell laptop updated in every way possible and I have a legal copy of Norton Internet Security 2006. However whenever I press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, the Task Manager doesn't appear but instead I get a message saying "Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator."

I'm the only user on my laptop and I didn't assign any guest or other user. How do I fix this?

Answer : On some occasions, we found that the Task Manager has been disabled when the PC is infected with a virus, spyware, trojan, or other types of malware.

Malware creators like to disable the Task Manager to make system troubleshooting difficult, and also to make it hard to remove their malware.

Ramesh Srinivasan, a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) covers this issue on his website at http://snipurl.com/ jk50.

"If this restriction was enabled in your system without you doing anything or without your knowledge, then it's highly likely that a virus has blocked the usage of Task Manager in your system by enabling the DisableTaskMgr policy via the registry," Srinivasan said on the site.

He suggests that "you perform a thorough checkup of your system immediately". The steps listed below will unblock the Task Manager, but will not remove malware (if any) from your system:

1. Click Start, Run and type Regedit.

2. Navigate to the following registry branch: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System.

3. In the right pane, you should see a line called DisableTaskMgr.

4. Double click on DisableTaskMgr and change Value Data to 0 (zero) to re-enable Task Manager.

5. Close Regedit.

By the way, you can also launch Task Manager by using this keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+Esc.


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