task manager won't open on vista home premium

By e_p_a_k
Aug 13, 2007
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  1. i don't know when it started exactly, but now whenever i press ctrl+alt+del, the security menu comes up, but whenever i click the task manager, it doesn't open. it won't open through the run menu either, or through right clicking on the application toolbar. norton 360 and windows defender didn't give me any virii or spyware. how do i fix this?:O
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    Try pressing Control + Shift + Escape instead. does that help?

    Regards Howard :)
  3. e_p_a_k

    e_p_a_k Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 31

    no help wither. the cursor just goes into "busy" for a second and then nothing happens.=s
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    Ok, maybe you have some sort of malware that`s causing your symptoms.

    Go and read this thread HERE, then attach a HJT log to your next reply.

    Regards Howard :)
  5. pc techguy

    pc techguy Newcomer, in training

    try right clicking on the program bar next to your start menu and click on task manager if this doesnt work then go to run program and type taskmgr.exe and if that doesn't open it then sorry but ur screwed
  6. e_p_a_k

    e_p_a_k Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 31

    already tried that.;)

    here's the log file btw.=D

    Attached Files:

  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    There`s nothing nasty in your HJT log.

    I don`t know if this will work in Vista, but it`s worth a try.

    Click start/run and type sfc /scannow into the run box and press the enter key. Windows will search for any damaged or missing OS files and replace them as necessary. You will need to have your Windows cd handy.

    Regards Howard :)
  8. e_p_a_k

    e_p_a_k Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 31

    hmm. nothing happened. rar. i have a suspicion when it started. someone stuck a flash disk in, and then double clicked it. it said "program cannot be found", or something like that. the kind that you'll have to right click to open. typical flash disk malware. ugh. norton 360 and defender both let it through. wtf.

    so how do i fix this?? the scannow thing didn't work.:s
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    If you suspect malware follow as many of the instructions in this LINK as you can and post the requested logfiles.

    Regards Howard :)
  10. e_p_a_k

    e_p_a_k Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 31

    gotcher. will update you asap. how many of these are compatible with vista though?
  11. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    I don`t know how many are compatible with Vista, that`s why I said to follow as many of the instructions as you can.

    Regards Howard :)
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