Within the past month, I lost my dos prompt (cmd), I lost regedit, and I can't seem to get my task manager. details... If I try to run cmd from the "run" method OR start menu, I get an error: "the program is currently in use." Same thing happens with "regedit." As for task manager... when I CTRL+ALT+DEL and click on task manager, I get nothing.... ever. Where did it go? I've got ad-aware & spybot working hard, and no viruses as far as I've checked. And that's why I doubt this is a mal-ware issue.... or could it be? I'm the administrator of the account in this XPProSP1 installation, and I have 3 other admin accounts on this machine.