No task manager, can't extract from CD

By mswierse
Aug 7, 2006
  1. Hi,
    I am trying to follow the instructions that are on the "What to do about Task Manager problems" thread. I think the instructions are easy to follow, I just think my computer is messed up....
    When I search for taskmgr, the .exe file that is found is not in my windows\system diretory, it is in: C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download\6ca7b3a8efd5a9b6f87fff395a2eb989
    So I tried to extract it to the c:\windows\system directory (I don't have a system32 directory) from my XP professional CD, but no files called taskmgr shows up in the c:\windows\system directoy.

    Some of the issues I've been having are:

    Task Manager won't open
    I can not uninstal Limewire. When I do it still opens by itself
    Computer has just been really slow lately.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Looks like you have some kind of infection.

    Go and read this thread HERE, then post a HJT log as an attachment into this thread. I`ll take a look and advise.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. mswierse

    mswierse TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks, I'm working on downloading all of the programs in the posts. I ran a few of them and something must have fixed my task manager issue. Also my Limewire auto starting is gone too. Once I run the rest of the scans, I'll post my HJT log.

    Thanks so much for your help.

  4. mswierse

    mswierse TS Rookie Topic Starter

    HJT log attached

    Computer is still running really slow, acting kind of wierd. Task manager is working though.

  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    You might want to copy and paste these instructions into a notepad file. Then you can have the file open in safe mode, so you can follow the instructions easier.

    Boot into safe mode, under your normal user name(NOT THE ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT). See how here.>

    Turn off system restore.(XP/ME only) See how here.>

    In Windows Explorer, turn on "Show all files and folders, including hidden and system". See how here.>

    Go to add remove programmes in your control panel and uninstall anything to do with(if there).


    Close control panel.

    Open your task manager, by holding down the ctrl and alt keys and pressing the delete key.

    Click on the processes tab and end process for(if there).


    Close task manager.

    Run HJT with no other programmes open(except notepad). Click the scan button. Have HJT fix the following, by placing a tick in the little box next to(if there).

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [winupdates] C:\Program Files\winupdates\winupdates.exe /auto

    O16 - DPF: {22945A69-1191-4DCF-9E6F-409BDE94D101} (EModelViewControl Class) -

    O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: Domain =
    O17 - HKLM\Software\..\Telephony: DomainName =
    O17 - HKLM\System\CS1\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: Domain =
    O17 - HKLM\System\CS2\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: Domain =

    Only fix the above 017 entries, if they don`t belong to your ISP.

    O18 - Filter: text/html - {2AB289AE-4B90-4281-B2AE-1F4BB034B647} - (no file)

    Click on the fix checked button.

    Close HJT.

    Locate and delete the following bold files and/or directories(if there).

    C:\Program Files\winupdates

    Reboot into normal mode and turn system restore back on.

    Download and run the Ccleaner programme from HERE. Run the programme two or three times.

    Then, do a disk defrag.

    Regards Howard :)

    This thread is for the use of mswierse only. Please don`t post your own virus/spyware problems in this thread. Instead, open a new thread in our security and the web forum.
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