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Please HELP! Windows xp, no administrator account, taskbar, task manager, and explorer.exe error

  • Taskbar
  • Windows XP
  • Explorer
  • Task Manager
Last response: in Windows XP
February 18, 2014 10:22:55 PM

Hi so lately my computer has been getting worse and worse. When it starts it doesn't come up with the task bar or icons. this wasn't too bad as I could still access things through the task manager but now it says that the task manager has been disabled by the administrator. I have followed other forums instructions on repairing this issue eg; reg file, enabling through regedit, and gpedit... nothing works! please help!!

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February 18, 2014 10:24:41 PM

Sounds like a virus. Seen a few of those over the years.
February 18, 2014 10:37:07 PM

The fact that the taskbar isn't loading normally means explorer.exe isn't starting. However, I agree, it does sound like a particularly nasty virus. Here is a direct link to the Windows XP version of Malwarebytes, a free and particularly reliable antivirus:

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February 20, 2014 8:02:32 AM

Booting off a rescue disk from an antivirus company may help, although that won't fix any issues caused by a virus, just remove the virus. You'll probably have to run at least a Repair setup of Windows after things are cleaned out (assuming it's actually a virus causing this which sounds like it).

Avira Antivir has a rescue disk I've used several times that works well. Malwarebytes is a good one also, you'll want to run it from Safe Mode.