[A] Task Manager not showing and eating up resources

By Lyonnesse
Mar 16, 2012
  1. I have an MSI laptop running Windows Vista home premium. I am unable to open Task Manager. However I choose to open it, it opens to the System tray but I cannot bring the window up. Worse, as soon as I start it, the activity on my machine increases exponentially. Drives are whizzing round and the fan is working overtime.

    I cannot close TM, except by rebooting. When I right click the icon in the system tray I get a 3 item menu pop up in a random location on my screen. It shows Restore, in bold, close, and Always on Top, which is ticked. Whatever I do next the text disappears from the box but it stays on top of everything as a blank box.

    I've tried all the recommendations out there - My virus checker is AVG, and is up to date. I did a full scan yesterday without incident. I tried to repair my machine at a reboot, and I've followed several solutions looking for files that don't exist.

    I've also cleaned the registry using cc cleaner

    If I open my machine in safe mode I can display the task manager..

    That's all I can think of for now. Does this suggest anything to anyone?

    Thanks in advance
  2. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,256   +383

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