Task manager disabeld

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We have a small test-group of 5 pc with windows XP. We're testing the possibility of using Xp as the main OS for the board members of our company. Monday one of the pc's crashed, after reboot the task manager was disabeld(by the administrator; according to the error message) But all users are Admin's. Adding/removing users gives the same message, with every user. The question is how is this possible? And how can it be removed.

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Gotta love Windows, eh?
I’m not positive, but there’s a few techniques at the following URL which *might* help:

http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/Taskmanager_error.htm

Doesn’t address the cause of the issue, however. Sorry. Perhaps the registry got corrupted in the crash somehow (just a guess).

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The system crash coupled with this behavior smacks of a virus. Reinstall the OS (or trash the PC since this question came out in ’04 and it’s now ’12).

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  • EXPERTJohnBrandt
    We had this exact scenario a few weeks ago. An old virus was found to have been passed via a shared network drive. We use AVG on all of our systems now, and have yet to have a single infection pass the scan in over 2 years. The decision was made to use the virus scanner that came with the systems until the free license ran out. We now uninstall all virus scanning software on new systems and install AVG. You can find it at www.grisoft.com.
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