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Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator

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  1. hi.
    thx sanix it worked reallyy a nice and quick solution for these kind ov probs.


    take care

  2. Hi,

    In my computer task manager is disabled, i have used the above link but it did not worked out.

    My task manager is disabled after scanning or using anti spyware, it enable’s but did not work when i click on it.

    Need help on it.


    • The situation’s pretty simple. If you right click on the clock in the Windows taskbar, the Task Manager item is grayed out:

      Or, if you try to run taskmgr.exe manually, you get this message:

      So, how did this happen?

      As we’ll see in a moment, there are settings you can access as an administrator that would allow you to disable and enable Task Manager in this way.

      You didn’t do that, you say?

      Then a virus probably did.

      Disabling Task Manager is one way viruses try to make it harder for you to deal with their infections. Before proceeding any further, you should run a complete and up-to-date anti-virus scan of your machine. It’s possible, perhaps even likely, that you’ve been infected.

      Once you come back virus-free, you can proceed with the fix.

      If you have Windows XP Pro, there’s a nifty user interface to directly edit the setting you want to repair. Click Start, then click Run and type in gpedit.msc:

      And press OK. This runs the Group Policy Editor.

      Once in the Group Policy Editor, expand in turn:

      User Configuration

      Administrative Templates


      Ctrl+Alt+Del Options

      You should see something much like this:

      Double click on Remove Task Manager to change its setting:

      It should be enough to click on Not Configured and then OK and Task Manager is available once again.

      If you don’t have Windows XP Pro, then you’ll need to edit the registry manually.

      Click Start, then click Run, type in regedit, and click on OK.

      Expand these registry keys in turn:








      You should see something similar to this:

      Right Click on the DisableTaskMgr item:

      Click on Delete, confirm that you want to delete, and Task Manager should be available once again.

      • Brilliant! Thanks Sanix…..

      • Absolutley fabulous!!! you guys are wonderful geniuses i been on sites for hours trying to find solution and finally a easy understanding perfect instructions. love ya!!!!!

  3. Thanks Sanik

    Really appreciate your solution

  4. Appreciate your solution

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  6. Thanx..
    something is working.
    The above information is Usefull
    but its not full

  7. Thanks a lot

    Problem solved.

    What cause due to a malware name NET-CODEC(XXX).


  8. Hello everybody,thanks for your feedback. It really encourages to get ourselves going on with the new solutions.

    murali, can you tell me what was missing in the solution above?

  9. Tanx guy! It works perfectly. I ve been fighting on these preblems for the past 3 days.

  10. Ive tried 4 different methods including TM fix 1.0 . Nothing works.
    Even checked my ad aware but its fine.

    Im really in big trouble. Like post #2 here it seem.

  11. I used TM-fix and run the command “REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f” as well, it stopped the error and tries to load the task manager, but it crashes within 2 secs. And the CPU is heavily loaded, but since cant use task Manager, dont know what is consuming the CPU power. Help needed

  12. Rajdeep if TM-fix does not work then you can download procexp a replacement for Task Manager see this post A Task Manager, Startup Manager,Ports Monitor, File Monitor, Windows Updates Lister

  13. Hello All

    I am getting an error “Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator”. I tried the link of BitDefender but it did not work for me. I can not access RUN command. I can’t go to REGEDIT from DOS also. I m totally stuck. I have formatted my C drive also.
    I don’t know what to do..

    Please help me out.

    • type gpedit.msc in Run from start menu. Now select Administrative templates ,system,preventb access to registry entry tools(click twice),set it to DISABLED,ok.

  14. i have tried with the following worked but the task manager is geting closed by itself.when i press ctrl+Alt+del, the task manager just appears for a momemt and vanishes. my system is infected by 1 virus
    plz help

  15. Hello sir..I want to really thank u for such an imp information..But sir d method u suggested need to be improved b’coz EVEN I AM GETTING D SAME ERROR AS TOLD BY THE ABOVE PPL “Registry editing has been disabled by your administrator” AFTER TYPING regedit in THE COMMAND PROMPT AND EVEN AFTER DOWNLOADING UR S/W..WHAT SHOULD BE DONE..CAN U SUGGEST…I HOPE U WILL REPLY US SOON..Thanking u Bye..

  16. Does anyone know how to get “Hide protected operating system files” back if it missing. I have searched for a week in Google but din’t find anything

  17. hi….thanks for this wonderful support…
    from your solution you didn’t know how much confident i got..

    thanks regds
    Sachin Naidu

  18. I have a major bad spyware problem right now and i am running 2 programs to fix it
    Ive tried 10 different ways to enable the task manager and still it goes back to disabled…any ideas….my computer is really screwed up}:(

  19. i found this somewhere. this might help..not so sure..but worth a try.goodluck.
    Virus scan, spybot, and ad-adware will not detect the problem. The problem is a worm called W32/bropia.worm gen that you get from email.The reason that virus scan does not detact the worm is that system restore is still running. 1) first disable system restore in the control panel. 2) then restart your computer and run virus scan to get rid of the worm. you can restart system restore later. Run all the other scanin g systems you have to .

  20. I have the same problem, but with Windows XP Home Edition,
    How can I fix, all the help is for windows XP Prof, but Can any Body helme with this problem with Windows XP Home Edition

    “Registry editing has benn disabled by your Administrator

  21. nice job keep it up

  22. god bless you god freaking bless you abdullah

  23. I tried all above methods but it didnt worked,the regedit is not opening

  24. pratik, please download the ravmon virus killer patch from here:

    It will restore your default registry settings automatically.

  25. stil i didn’t get solution for dis….
    is there any other option??
    plz do tel…..

  26. tht was gr8
    it works in first time

  27. Whenever i open services.msc or gpedit.msc i get pop up saying sorry we are closing this if you were in middle of something sorry for inconveinence and closes please help me to resolve this issue

  28. I just copied this file below in quote and it enabled my Task Manager very easy. Thanks
    “REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f”

  29. hi, tnx for your tip… it worked very well..:)
    great help mi amigo..

  30. Thanks alot my friend. It is veryhelpfull.

  31. Thanx> Task Manager (and Reg edit) enabled instantly with your Run menu option.

  32. I have kind of the same problem a virus has disabled my task manger,and my regedit but i fixed that but now i cant acess my Control panel and have the same error message “has been disabled by your administrator” also i cannot right click

  33. I used the copy/paste method on your website to restore my taskmanager. It restored it in seconds. I couldn’t get anything else to work! Thanks so much!

  34. hey i follow the steps to disable my task manager, but still not working?????
    what should i do???????

  35. my files/folders was suddenly lost in my desktop possibly due to a certain virus or worm.can i have those files back?help.

  36. i have encountered a new worm-worm.p2p.generic-but they cannot remove of my kaspersky anti-virus. help.tnx

  37. Hi,

    Taskmanager is diabled in my pc. Tried out gpedit fix.but its not working. My registry is also not opening when i try regedit in run command. Any pointers to fix this issue?

  38. Mr. Srikanth, Read COMPUTER ERA telugu magazine SEPTEMBER 2007 magazine, troubleshooting column, you will find good solution to this problem.

  39. thx i am seeing this site for first time
    i realy thank full to those who manitor this site or blog.

    the abouve give techinque is worked very well.
    but i am having small doubt how to post “my doubt ” in this site.
    i dont know how to see reply to this query please reply to my mail id.
    ok very very thxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  40. one more doubt i have i am unable to open “””orkut”””and “””youtube”” site in my system
    its comming message as

    “orkut is banned you fool, the administrator did not write this program guess who did??

  41. ppl who couldnt open orkut or youtube just do the following:

    1) go to run, type “C:\heap41a”

    2)now you ppl could see some content includin a winamp file

    3) select all crap and delete it (shift + del)

    4) in the menubar click on folders(right next to search option

    5) now u’ll be able to see the folder “heap41a” in the left side of your screen

    6)delete it …(shift + del)

    7) goto orkut hav fun 🙂

  42. Thanks alot! I tried the first one (the msc one) and that didn’t work out. Then I tried the registry “hack” and it fixed it right up.

    At first I thought I accidentally downloaded a virus and scanned my computer, but it came up clean.

  43. Thanx Sanix.
    I was getting the regedit n taskmgr disabled error.
    Was scoping around for a cure n this was the simplest and most effective solution 🙂


  44. unable to delete the file ::: svchost (with caption :::auto hot key)

    because of this unable to delete the heap file also wht to do

    it is saying
    “””cont delete svchost access denied
    make sure disk is not full or write protectedand that the file is not currently in use”””

    wht to do now

  45. unable to delete the file ::: svchost (with caption :::auto hot key)

    because of this unable to delete the heap file also wht to do

    it is saying
    “””cont delete svchost access denied
    make sure disk is not full or write protectedand that the file is not currently in use”””

    wht to do now

    i am unable to instal mozila firefox in my system
    its showing a pop window as

    how i can i use mozila in my system

  46. hareeshnarla, please see this post for solution of unable to delete a file

    You only have to install mozilla and then start working on it .. it’s like internet explorer .. no big differences in usage.

  47. […] Originally Posted by DanObie After using an antivirus software to remove a Trojan Horse the file RVHost was deleted. It resulted in a statement telling me that the administrator of the computer disabled the Task Manager. Is there anyway of enabling Task Manager again? The following knowledgebase will help you to resolve the error message "Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator" when you try to use "Task Manager" PC Hell: Task Manager Has Been Disabled By Your Administrator – Fix "Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator" error message or Go to Start > Run and copy and paste the following and press OK. REG add HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPol iciesSystem /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator Techno Digits […]

  48. thanx buddy

  49. Many thanks for solving my difficulty.
    The Task Manager of my computer has just enabled,
    I used the following command
    Go to Start –> Run and copy and paste the following and press OK.
    REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

    it is due to Abdullah

    • Thnx……..

      Dear your link just proved to be the mazic for my problem of “your task manager has been disabled by administrator”

      Thnx a lot

  50. hello. i have some problem.
    1. i cant able to open task manager.
    2. i cant able to open regedit for editing some registry.
    3. i cant able to open Gpedit.msc for Group policy.
    i already deleted the all the heap file. then also i have this problem. without soluving Gpedit.nsc and regedit problem ai cant open task manager…. plz help me to solve this problem…. thank u

  51. hi.
    thanks abdullah it worked reallyy a nice and quick solution for these kind ov probs



  52. Hi!

    I tried those steps but they did not work at all. It says that registry editor has been disabled by your administrator eventhough I am logged-in as Administrator.

    Sometimes while I’am playing, I am just being alt+tabbed automatically always.

    Need help with this.


  53. I want to thank you Sanix.. I believe you posted this Registry download fix that re-enabled my Task Mgr.. after cleaning a virus it became disabled.. along with “my documents folder opening on start-up every running your fix/download it came back.

    Thanks again!


  54. Thanks a lot !!! Now I can open my task manager

  55. Thanks all, I am now in orkut

  56. you are gerat

  57. hi

    thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks
    u solve my problems i love this site
    ur genious ur great i have no word for u
    i m really thankful to u

  58. Thanks alot

  59. Worked like a charm. Thanks so much. Now I don’t have to waste 20 + more hours trying to fix this..

  60. Man you are a computer genius, i just downloaded your file and it worked! THX a bunch


  62. no task manager and no ffolder option in tools.even gpedit.msc is not running.

  63. Tried the Regedit and the gpedit and both kept reseting. Got my computer re formatted. Problem gone. As I slowly installed programs over the next few weeks, no problem till I once again installed Itunes. couldn’t fix the problem by going back to a recent restore point. So tried your format – first the gpedit, then the gpupdate /force and then the regedit. It worked, thank you thank you thank you. You saved me money getting the system fixed again.

  64. Thanks a lot !!! Now I can open my task manager

  65. thankyou so much!

  66. cool advise

  67. Re: Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator

    I downloaded the registry file and the Task Manager works perfectly now.

    Thanks very much!

  68. this is really superb, it really rectify my problem and i was able to impress others

  69. I have tried to enable ther task manager but Ifail
    pls tell me the way.
    my search option has gone .
    how can I solve the problem

  70. Thanks. It worked perfectly.

  71. There is no ‘search’ option in my PC. What can I do? Please suggest.

  72. Thx a lot for the solutions. Works marvelously. Really appreciate it! May God bless you all!

  73. Salam:

    Thank u very much for your help and keep it up.

  74. got a problem, on my msn, it keeps sending msgs to all my contact…… its after ive install itunes….. is dat problem related to itunes???
    let me know

  75. Best Solution Ever!

  76. I have tried to enable ther task manager but Ifail
    pls tell me the way.
    my search option has gone .
    how can I solve the problem

  77. MANY THANKS for helping me restore The Task Manager. The following command worked great!
    Goto Start > Run > copy/paste the following (w/out quotes), ” REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f ” – – – and press OK. All U C is a flash, try CTRL/ALT/DELETE. It worked immediately. THX!!!

  78. hi,
    task manager has been disabled by the administrator. I hv tried with gpedit.msc, regdit and so on but it didn’t worked.
    But when i tried with this particular exe file “TaskManagerFix.exe” the task manager enabled but if i try to open it will just blink and vanishes, i cannot see the window.
    please give me a solution for this i am fed up.

  79. akshay kiran
    jnv calicut

    download kaspersky 7 an scan the computer it will disinfect the trojan

  80. Thanks Sanik…………………………

    really a very great solution provided by u……….

  81. nothing I stii havin a problem ie registry disable

  82. thanks for technodigits

    I have found great solutions to the problem of ” Task manager disabled by your administrator”

  83. When I open regedit it just open and vanishes. Please help me……….what I have to do?

  84. This site is a hoax. Those who responded saying the tips given here works are just fooling everyone. Bad sense of humor. I hope these tips dont pollute or make your computer even worse. Be careful people!!!

  85. hello sir,

    i want information about , when i write open side, suddenly massage occure that this side is supported to administrator , so how to solve this problem, please tell me urgently

  86. Actually ur system is affected with new folder.exe

    Try this one:-

    goto this link
    and download the smart virus remover its free.
    and install it.

    then check ur system tray it will show a new icon…. click on it…else


    start > all programs > Smart Virus Remover

    click on all the four buttons on the left side of the interface.

    it will activate ur task manager, folder options etc….

    but remember u have to use a good antivirus in order to remove the virus.

  87. hi there,
    thanks for all the help you r giving.
    my card reader shows the following message: winudp64.exe there is no disk in the drive

  88. If steps listed above won’t work you can try registry fix It worked for me!

  89. In my case, Task Manager, Registry, & Folder Options are disabled. wscript.exe & auto.vbs runs in the background whenever i check it using msconfig. I’ve had this freaking problem 3-4 times already. I have updated AV & AS software but still get infected. So frustrating.

    I’ve done a lot of research tried a lot of these so-called “solutions” but most have solutions on restoring what is disabled by the administrator but don’t you think what’s important first is how to remove the damn virus before restoring the disabled functions? Apparently, nothing works really.

    It all ends up me reformatting my PC as a solution. However, I can’t reformat my PC every time it gets infected.

    Just want the real experts out there to share their information. What kind of virus/trojan/worm/spyware is this? What’s the real solution?


  91. I just downloaded Super AntiSpyware, ran a scan, it found it instantly and fixed it. Rebooted, all good, task manager working again. Too easy!

  92. thanks it worked. “REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f”

  93. thanks it worked. “REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f” JUST COPY AND PASTE IT IN YOUR RUN MENU FROM START

  94. Thanks soooo much!!!! Awesom site!

  95. super! just delete the registery key

  96. To whom ever can help,
    I’m running my computer as the administrator. Though whenever I run spybot search and destroy, 3 items are not being fixed because the message says that I need to run the scan as an administrator and basically I’m not authorized to fix these problems until I do run the computer as an administrator. What do I do? Can anyone help please? Thank you!

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