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To make manual inspection and removal more difficult, malware often disables access to Task Manager. Fortunately, a few quick Registry edits are usually all that are needed to regain control. Here's how.

Note: If you are not familiar with editing the Registry, view the tutorial "How to Edit the System Registry". A more complete description of the Registry can also be found in the Windows System Registry Tutorial.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Run
  3. Type REGEDIT
  4. Click OK The Registry Editor will now open
  5. Browse to the following key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
    CurrentVersion\Policies\system
  6. In the right pane, look for the value: DisableTaskMgr
  7. Right click DisableTaskMgr and select Delete. (When prompted with "Are you sure you want to delete this value", select Yes.
  8. Now browse to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\
    CurrentVersion\policies\system
  9. In the right pane, look for the value: DisableTaskMgr
  10. Right click DisableTaskMgr and select Delete. (When prompted with "Are you sure you want to delete this value", select Yes.
  11. Close the Registry by choosing File | Exit
  12. You should now be able to access Task Manager. If not, reboot into Safe Mode and repeat the steps outlined above.
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