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How To Enable Windows Task Manager When Disabled By a Virus

Let’s face it. All of us have been infected by virus before. Even if you have anti-virus installed, you can still be infected by a new or custom virus that is not recognized by your anti-virus. Sometimes after removing the virus completely from our system, you’ll face new problems such as you can no longer bring up Windows Task Manager from CTRL+ALT+DEL. You get the error message saying “Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator”. This post will help you to re-enable the Windows Task Manager as long as it cannot open normally. Just follow these steps.

Disabling Task Manager is one way viruses try to make it harder for you to deal with their infections. Before proceeding any further, you should run a complete and up-to-date anti-virus scan of your machine. It’s possible, perhaps even likely, that you’ve been infected.Once you come back virus-free, you can proceed with the fix. Usually when you try to run taskmgr.exe manually, you get this message:

task-manager-disabled

If you have Windows XP, Click Start, then click Run and type in gpedit.msc and press OK.

gpedit

Once in the Group Policy Editor, expand in turn:

  • User Configuration
  • Administrative Templates
  • System
  • Ctrl+Alt+Del Options

You should see something much like this:

cltalt

Double click on Remove Task Manager to change its setting:

not configured

Click on Not Configured and then OK and Task Manager is available once again.

Using Software Method

If you don’t want to apply these settings yourself, here is a software utility that will let you do these settings. Remove Restrictions Tool (RRT) (Update: Here is an earlier version in case the latest one has restrictions) allows you to re-enables all what the virus had previously disabled, and gives you back the control over your own computer, it even lets you re-enable the Task Manager, Registry Editor, folder options and Show hidden files and folders.

RRT

I hope this post will let you re-enable your critical system components, don’t forget to leave your comments and suggestions.

94 Comments

  1. Helpful! I had a virus that disabled task manager, then i came across this 3 months later and i did it the manual way.

  2. Helpful! I had a virus that disabled task manager, then i came across this 3 months later and i did it the manual way.

  3. i have an anti – virus with me. but i can;t do this procedure because i dont know where to find that installed ant- virus program. please help me. anways, thanks for the help. 

  4. At my computer it works just 2 time in a row but than disabled again….why this happen i don’t understand…please help me someone

  5. If it is a Windows XP Professional then Just press Crtl + Alt + Delete or twice and you may get the window where you need to type in the Username as Administrator and password for that if password is set.

    If the operating system you have is a Windows XP home edition then you need enable the task manager by entering into the safe mode. For that restart the computer and then tap the F8 key at the time of loading and then you need to enter into the Safe Mode. In safe mode just click on Start and then on Run.

    In Run type in as gpedit.msc. You may see a window opened with a list of contents in it .
    techyv

  6. I am unable to open anything like Run and explorer.exe, So how can I open gpedit.msc to enable task manager.Please suggest me if you have any command to open Run or explorer.exe.

  7. hey guys read this ——————————-

    Method 1 – Using the Group Policy Editor in Windows XP Professional
    Click Start, Run, type gpedit.msc and click OK.
    Under User Configuration, Click on the plus (+) next to Administrative Templates
    Click on the plus (+) next tSystem, then click on Ctrl+Alt+Delete Options
    Find Remove Task Manager in the right-hand pane and double click on it
    Choose the option “Not Configured” and click Ok.
    Close the Group Policy Window
    Method 2: Change the Task Manager Option through the Run line
    Click on Start, Run and type the following command exactly and press Enter
    REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

    Method 3: Change Task Manager through a Registry REG file
    Click on Start, Run, and type Notepad and press Enter
    Copy and paste the information between the dotted lines into Notepad and save it to your desktop as taskmanager.reg
    ————————————
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
    “DisableTaskMgr”=dword:00000000
    ————————————-

    3. Double click on the taskmanager.reg file to enter the information into the Windows registry

    Method 4: Delete the restriction in the registry manually
    Click on Start, Run, and type REGEDIT and press Enter
    Navigate to the following branch

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies\ System

    In the right pane, find and delete the value named DisableTaskMgr
    Close the registry editor

  8. Thanks A lot…….My task manager was’nt working…………… its now working well after appling the methods…..

  9. Thanks for the solution.. It really worked. I tried 2-3 websites before this but couldnt get the solution but this was very fast and easy…

  10. When i type things like these:
    Regedit.exe, it opens and dissapears again in 0.1sec.
    When i type msconfig.exe my computer can’t find it.
    and when i want to open task manager.. it just doesnt show up.

    wtff is wrong with my comp?

  11. i tried the gpedit one. it worked for a minute. after a while it went back to the same “your taskmanager is disabled by ………..” state

  12. i perform all the steps through gpedit.msc but the task manager is still disabled. The RRT Software is not register and it could not enable the task manager. please do some more help in theis reagards. Waiting for your kind reply thanks.

  13. Thank you

    It was “not configured” for me. I had to first click “disable”. Then only task manager was enabled. Then i changed it back to “not configured”

  14. Thank you

    It was “not configured” for me. I had to first click “disable”. Then only task manager was enabled. Then i changed it back to “not configured”

  15. Hey my task manager goes to a grey color whenever I try to change a selection in the Processes option how do I get it back to where I can delete processes that I donot want running while I use the system.

  16. Hey nice tip but still not working for me, I tried many things like registry mechanic, registry booster and CCleaner but to no avail
    Although I did managed to enable the task manager but when I open it, it immediately disappears!
    I dont know what the **** should I do!!!

  17. Hm.. i’ve tried it, but once i type in gpedit.msc in the run box and click ‘ok’, this window comes up and says:

    Windows cannot find ‘gpedit.msc’. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the start button, and then click search.

  18. These type of things not only help in solving system problems but are a big help in preparing assignments for our graduation degree also.

    Thanks to the writer of this e-article.

  19. Thats Really Very good for those who are using LAN networking and their Administrator are not giving this rights for attempting Taskmanager but in this case you should have Administrative Rights on that computer or if you havent rights so kindly you will Logon from your local Administrator than you’ll Run from that Account or after you can use or Manage Group policy Impliment

  20. Thats Really Very good for those who are using LAN networking and their Administrator are not giving this rights for attempting Taskmanager but in this case you should have Administrative Rights on that computer or if you havent rights so kindly you will Logon from your local Administrator than you’ll Run from that Account or after you can use or Manage Group policy Impliment

  21. Thanks a lot. It helped immediately. Registry editor is still not enabled. I would seach further on that. Thanks again for sharing the info

    • People using windows for a reason.there are so many things that we cant do in linux based OSes.And Windows is more user friendly.

    • the reason that linux dont have viruses is because no one would bother to make one for it since only a few people use it. I mean Linux users is like only 10% of how many Windows users there are.

    • The only people who say “Windows is more user friendly” are people who have spent years learning how to do everything the least intuitive way possible. This was an intentional move that Microsoft made after capturing the majority of the desktop market to make transitioning from Windows to any other OS as difficult as possible.

      The only thing that Windows does that other OSs can’t are run programs that developers have intentionally made for Windows only (IE, by writing it in C# rather than any other programming language, a rather retarded move given that C# doesn’t offer anything particularly special that couldn’t be found in most other languages).

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