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OK, here is a brain boggleing one, for me at least.

I have one computer that I know comes out clean and has no malware on it. Group Policy is not enabled.

I can right click the taskbar and click on Task Manager but it never comes up.

I can also do Ctrl Alt Del and select task manager but it will not come up either.

I have tried enabling the GP for task manager and tested it. It does disable it. I then take the GP out and it is enabled again. But it will not come up.

I even copied the file taskman.exe and also taskmgr.exe from another computer and still no go.

Any Suggestions of what I can try?

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Hi Firefox,

I have a few tools which I have used for fixing system restriction problems. If they work, it's obviously a lot quicker that trying to fix the problems manually. From reading your other posts I know that you are a computer professional, so I'm sure it's safe for me to recommend these tools to you. If you are sure that the computer is completely free from malware, you could give them a try. They don't always work but I have had some success with them in the past. Virus Effect Remover is completely free. Sergiwa Antiviral Toolkit is free for fixing system restriction problems, but it also has a paid version which offers more features.

Virus Effect Remover.


Virus Effect Remover works on XP and Vista.

Sergiwa Antiviral Toolkit


Here is a list of restrictions that Sergiwa Antiviral Toolkit can help you with.


The handy thing about Sergiwa Antiviral Toolkit is that it works on XP, Vista AND Windows 7.

I hope this helps. ;)

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Might want to give these a try first. Many tools out there to try and repair stuff in an automated fashion but that package looks a bit big to me to fix something like this.

Please download and run these tools which are designed to restore some standard policy settings. They are not harmful.

  • Download this INF repair file from here: VArestorepolicies.zip by MS-MVP Miekiemoes
  • Unzip or open the file VArestorepolicies.zip
  • Open the folder VArestorepolicies and Right-click the file inside, VArestorepolicies.INF and choose Install

  • Download this self-extracting ZIP archive from here: FixPolicies.exe by MS-MVP Bill Castner and save it to your desktop.
  • Double-click FixPolicies.exe
  • Click the "Install" button on the bottom toolbar of the box that will open
  • The program will create a new Folder called FixPolicies
  • Double-click to Open the new Folder, and then double-click the file within: Fix_Policies.cmd
  • A black box will briefly appear and then close
  • These fixes may prove temporary. Active malware may revert these changes on your next startup. You can safely run these utilities again.

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@ marktreg you are right, I am a professional.

@ advancedsetup thanks for those handy links

Guys thanks for the help with this issue. Yesterday I was reading through the PC Help seciton and came accross this post Here and it lead me to the site at h**p://winhlp.com/16 that gave me some ideas, and I tried some of the reg fixes, and also recopied the two files taskman.com and taskmgr.exe from a computer that is working and now it is working on the one that was not. So all fixed up.

I will keep these tools you mentioned handy though.

Thanks agian.

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