Task Manager Disabled

Posted on 05/11/2009 by


Just today, one of my friends on Facebook got attacked by a virus which another facebook user was advertising as an application that gets facebook passwords. I cant stress this point enough. do not fall for these traps and if you are really curious to know what exactly does that funny looking .exe file do, then download Sandboxie and run the software in that. Sanboxie creates an isolated virtual environment in which you can run programs without effecting the system.

Some of the simpler viruses cause small discomforts like disabling your task manager and things like that. One of the reason that the virus disables your task manager is so that it is harder for you (the user) to do anything about the infection.

Well if you have been infected already, I would suggest that you first go online and do a online virus scan. from either Comodo, Kaspersky or other such reliable companies. Once you are done with that and are sure that there is no virus in your system then we can work on getting your task manager back!

First of go to Run and type gpedit.msc and hit Enter.

Once you are in the Group Policy Editor, on the left hand panel navigate to the following:

User Configuration –> Administrative Templates –> System –> Ctrl+Alt+Del Options

You will see this on you screen:


Double click on Remove Task Manager to change its property and disable it.

Another way of enabling your task manager once again is from the Registry. And because I have already added quite a few Registry hacks on this site, this should be a nice addition to our collection

First go to Run and type regedit and hit enter

once in the registry editor, use the left hand panel to navigate to the following:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER –> Software –> Microsoft Windows –> CurrentVersion –> Policies –> System


You will see an item named DisableTaskMgr. Right click on it and select Delete.

That should work out!

hope this was useful!



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