No Task Manager and no icons in System Tray!

By Littleolady
Sep 12, 2010
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  1. I was recently struck with "My Security Shield" - nothing that usually works to eradicate malware worked including using rkill to stop the running processes, Malware Bytes Anti-Malware, Spybot Search and Destroy then returning the hosts file to its original Microsoft version. Even doing these items in Safe Mode did not work - the malware came right back - I then installed and ran Hitman Pro 3.5 which worked. I then ran CCleaner and Registry Mechanic to clean things up. Hitman Pro immediately killed the application files I was trying to delete and I am no longer plagued with "My Security Shield". Unfortunately I no longer have the ability to use the Task Manager and all the icons in the system tray on the right corner are gone except for the time and the sound icon.

    I have gone into the registry and used this procedure to regain the Task Manager:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System. With that key highlighted in the left pane, move to the right pane and double click on Disable TaskMgr. Type "0," as in zero, in the Value Data field, then click on OK.

    It has not worked. I have tried numerous other items suggested on the internet to restore my lost icons - none have worked........and there have been many. I've been working on this now for three days - nothing works. The computer works great - is now malware free but there is no Task Manager and no icons in the system tray. Does anyone have any suggestions ???
  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,363   +167

  3. jmjsquared

    jmjsquared TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 145

    Please look here: http://www.simplysup.com/

    "Trojan Remover is designed specifically to disable/remove Malware without the user having to manually edit system files or the Registry. The program also removes the additional system modifications some Malware carries out which are ignored by standard antivirus and trojan scanners." (Emphasis added)

    It's worked well for me on several occasions.
  4. kristin48616

    kristin48616 Newcomer, in training Posts: 31

    If you have tried to modify the default value of registry, it still didn’t appear. There must be some virus in your computer, you should fist remove them with anti-virus software immediately.
  5. mike1959

    mike1959 TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,043   +15

  6. laptox

    laptox Newcomer, in training Posts: 65

    I take it you are running XP ? - Could you now do a repair install ?


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