Taskmanager not working. . .

By Darksaber11 ยท 13 replies
Dec 20, 2005
  1. This is one of the weirdest problems I've encountered yet, and I've done everything I cuold think of, so I'm comming here to ask for help.

    When I hit ctrl+alt+del on my ACER Aspire 3613 WLCi Laptop (Windows XP Home) nothing happens. After encountering this problem a few times I got annoyed and tracked down the TASKMAN.exe file and attempted to run it directly, this produced and hourglass icon next to my mouse, but nothing more.

    I let the problem sit for a while, but just today a got fed up with it and downloaded a new TASKMAN.exe, this did not fix the problem either.

    Does anyone have any ideas what the heck is going on, honestly I'm at a complete loss.
  2. meatologist

    meatologist TS Rookie Posts: 134


    spyware running in the explorer shell?

    download and scan that sucker!
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Does the problem persist after a restart? Sometimes this used to happen on my old PC and it used to get fixed after a reboot. Either its that or its spyware/adware. Scan the PC with spybot & ad-aware and get it out.
  4. agronick

    agronick TS Rookie Posts: 92

    Yea I had the same thing. It turned out it was a virus. It came with an illegitimate internet explorer 7 I was trying to download from a peer to peer file sharing network. (Yea I know that was stupid) It was stopping some other things too. I could not open regedit. They put these things into the virus so you can not disable it.
  5. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

  6. Darksaber11

    Darksaber11 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    . . . because that's the name of the .exe for the taskmanager, am I missing someting here?

    Thanks for the links though.

    I kinda doubt that it's spyware since I use Firefox, but on the other hand I do use LimeWire rather excessively. . .

    Thanks for the help everybody.
  7. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    You are indeed the real taskmanger is called taskmgr.exe
  8. Darksaber11

    Darksaber11 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Well I feel a little stupid now. Not to mention a little annoyed that no one mentioned this before. . .

    So, would it be safe to assume the taskman.exe is a fake created by whatever spyware/adware/virus I have?

    Also, where would I put the real .exe if I download a new one?

    Edit: Okay I got the real Task Manager .exe, and I can run it now, only ctrl+alt+del still doesn't do anything. I'm assuming this is because it is looking for the .exe in its' appropriate home and that is not where I have it. Where does the taskmgr.exe usually exist?
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Oops missed that little thingy. LOL
  10. meatologist

    meatologist TS Rookie Posts: 134

    I dont really get what alley you're travelling down and no one really seems to be helping much. Which isnt very FESTIVE!


    taskman is not a spyware file:


    The 'REAL' taskmgr.exe sits in c:\windows\system32

    The 'REAL' taskman.exe sits in c:\windows\system32 and also in c:\windows

    Any malware can be named anything - so you should check where the files of the running processes are located on your disk. If a "non-Microsoft" .exe file is located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, then there is a high risk for a virus, spyware, trojan or worm infection.

    Search for taskmgr.exe and see if it's in c:\windows\system32. If not, then download one.

    If you cant one to download for free. Let me know and I will send you one.

    I suggest you download FileMon from SysInternals:


    This is a cool application that shows you what files are running, where they are running from, when they are being accessed and what is accessing them in real-time.

    Anyway, all the info is on that site. Take a look.
  11. agronick

    agronick TS Rookie Posts: 92

    Go to start > run and type msconfig. Under the services and startup tabs uncheck anything that looks bad. Usually stuff like that can be stopped there.
  12. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    are you confused enough yet
    maybe IronDuke was not clear go to the link he provided
    you have been hijacked
  13. Darksaber11

    Darksaber11 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Yes, yes, I'm very confused right now.

    Sorry I've been gone, my ISP has been having issues lately, so no internet for me untill now.

    Anyway, I'm not too comfortable messing around with msconfic stuff, and I've already determined where the taskman and taskmgr .exes belong by looking at my desktop. Unfortunately, this does not solve my problem, I still do not produce any result when I press ctrl+alt+del. WTF is going on? Can anyone help.
  14. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

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