Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator

Have you ever experience problems when using Task Manager and being told that it has been disabled by your administrator?

Try Task Manager Fix. You can download it here

You can go to this site if you want to edit the registry yourself.


30 Responses

  1. I too had the same problem in WinXp where i use to get the same above message and even could not open any registry mechanic or change registry entries and pc too had become too slow.
    Your Pc might be infected by Trojan or spyware
    I then downloaded Spyware terminator and scanned it My problem got solved the pc fuctioned perfectly and I could open the task manager.
    Hope this method might solve ur problems too.

  2. this doesnt work

  3. Type Gpedit.msc in run
    Go to user configuration and expand administrative templates->system
    select Alt+Ctrl+Del options
    From the right hand pane double click on Remove Task Manager -> change it to not defined

  4. I tried that too but Gpedit.msc cannot be found

  5. i tried that n it worked but when i click ctrl+alt+del the task manager screen doesnt stay it closes fast in a blink of an eye…..how come? whats wrong?

  6. hi yaa..

    i too got the same prob tat the screen will blink n go off within
    a second…

    i also tried with many updated anti-virus wares…yet no use…

    re-installing the os solved me the prob…

  7. try this:
    go to “run” and type “regedit.exe” then follow these steps:-

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies\ System


  8. Try download RRT.exe and that can restore back your taskmanager and regedit

  9. i had this happen to me and this is what worked, it was so easy!! thank goodness!!

    all i did was clicked start and went to run, i then entered:

    REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

    and hit OK, it was automatically fixed!!!

  10. To fix this problem, run regedit and find the key –>
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies\ System

    then turn the value of “disable task manager” to 0
    Problem is solved!

  11. It worked for me Thanks

  12. Tried all of the above, task manager also blink and disappeared in split seconds. Somemore, my regedit also not shown when run regedit. Help…

  13. task manager fix at the top of this page worked very well. Thanks!!

  14. @Shy: Try download RRT at the link below:
    It should be able to remove these restrictions:
    1 – Disable Folder Options >> so the user can’t set the option to show hidden files!
    2 – Disable Registry Tools >> so the user can’t see what is going on during system startup!
    3 – Disable Ctrl+Alt+Del >> so the user can’t see the virus and the other applications running!
    4 – Disable Show hidden files & folders >> so the user can’t see the malware bodies which always come with hidden attribute set to true!
    5 – Disable Run Command >> so the user can’t use it to run some tools to track the virus activites of remove it.
    6 – Disable Windows Firewall (SharedAccess) >> so the virus can send & receive any data through the network without the attention of the user!
    7 – Disable Windows Firewall (Wscsvc) >> so the virus can send & receive any data through the network without the attention of the user!
    8 – Disable Windows Firewall (Wuauserv) >> so the virus can send & receive any data through the network without the attention of the user!
    9 – Restrict Internet Explorer Home Page Changing >> so the user can’t change the malicious web page set by the malware!
    10 – Restrict Internet Explorer Closing >> so the user can’t close the pops up windows that appear when visiting the malicious web page or any other website!
    11 – Hide Internet Options >> so the user can’t change any setting set by the malware!
    12 – Hide Internet Explorer Address Bar >> so the user can’t see what web page being visited and what scripts being executed!
    13 – Restrict Internet Explorer Right Click >> so the user can’t view the source of the page being visited and other useful things.
    14 – Hide Internet Explorer Navigation Buttons >> so the user will be forced to user the keyboard shortcuts to navigate through the web sites!
    15 – Hide Internet Explorer Context Menu >> so the user can’t access this menu which make him able to select some useful settings.
    16 – Hide Internet Explorer Toolbar >> so the user can’t use it to remove some unwanted toolbars made by the malware.
    17 – Disable Command Prompt (cmd.exe) >> so the user cannot run any console programs like command prompt removal tools…
    18 – Disable Control Panel >> so the user cannot use the control panel applets.
    19 – Hide system files/folders >> so the user can’t see the malware bodies which usually come with system attribute set to true!
    20 – Change Show Hidden files option button >> So even if you select “Show hidden files and folders from folder options these files & folder will not be shown!
    21 – Disable Show System files check box >> So even if you unchecked “Hide protected operating system files” these files & folder will not be shown!
    22 – Disable Show all files/folders check >> So changing this from folder options will be ignored!
    23 – Hide Desktop items to prevent the user from accessing My Computer and other desktop shortcuts!
    24 – Hide files extensions: This is commonly used by malware to trick the user. By hiding file extension, a user doesn’t know whether a file with folder icon is an exe file or just an ordinary folder.
    25 – Disable File Extentions Check >> So changing this from folder options will be ignored!
    26 – Restrict Windows Update >> So the user cannot download security patches from Microsoft.
    27 – Disable Shut Down Command >> So the user cannot shut down the system normally.
    28 – Restrict Settings Folders >> Just imagine when you all items under Start menu>Settings wont run!
    29 – Disable Taskbar context menu >> You right click your taskbar.. Oops; nothing happens!
    30 – Disable Logoff Command >> So the user cannot logoff and use another profile.
    31 – Hide Start Menu Logoff >> So the user cannot use this shortcut to logoff!
    32 – Restrict Add/Remove Programs >> So the user cannot see what applications and windows components are installed or uninstall/reinstall any application.
    33 – File Extention Default >> So the user cannot select “Hide extensions for known file types”.
    34 – No Windows Update >> So the user cannot download security updates and other fixes for windows.
    35 – R-Media Malware >> This item is indicating that a malicious object is trying to invade your computer through removable media, please see the details below.
    36 – Hidden Drives >> So the user cannot see any of the storage drives but they still can use RUN to access and explore them.
    37 – Restricted Drives >> So the user can see the drives but cannot access them even when using RUN command.
    38 – No Search >> So the user cannot search the file system using the start menu item for any file.

  15. i tried all these methods but no one work and the anti virus doesnt work or launch
    plz help

  16. When you try to open Task Manager, and the following error meesage occurs:
    Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator

    and this restriction was enabled without you doing anything or without your knowledge, then it’s highly likely

    that a Virus has blocked the usage of Task Manager in your system by enabling the DisableTaskMgr policy via the

    registry. I strongly suggest that you perform a thorough checkup of your system immediately.fixing the problem

    will not work untill the virus has been remove
    The following code will unblock the Task Manager, ( Windows XP Sys) but it will not remove the Virus (if any) from

    your system.
    Go to Start:
    Click on RUN;
    Run window will appear.
    type in the following code to enable the task manager. ( or copy from here)
    REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD

    /d 0 /f
    The task manager should now show when you right click on the menu bar

  17. okay this is strange

    my problem was that when i started task manager, it would say;
    ”task manager was disabled by the administrator”

    okay….so i fixed this by running ‘regedit’ (which also would present the same problem when ran ”registry was disabled by administrator” )
    i have to run;

    REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

    before i can even get INTO the registry.

    so…i finaly get into the registry and delete the ”DisableTaskMgr” & ”DisableRegistryTools”

    THIS WORKS and i can run regedit.exe and task manager fine


    the INSTANT i click on IEXPLORER, the
    ”DisableTaskMgr” & ”DisableRegistryTools”

    are both BACK!! and neither work

    what the hell!?!?

  18. 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.

    @Bijomon: Thank you very much for providing the link to Smart Virus Remover. I’m sure it will be beneficial to all users experiencing the above said problems.

  19. dear sir,
    i have faced lot of problem
    folder option hide,hard drive open different-2 window,command promt not open,task manager hide,registry not open
    Error: disabled by your administrator
    solved my problem ASAP and reply me below email id

    @naveen: Please download RunMinic and you should be able to run all the apps you have mentioned.

  20. you have a trojan in your system if it keeps coming back to disabled.

    if scanning won’t work…then that means the trojan already dropped a payload of viruses in your system,

    your system can be cleaned of the viruses but most applications will be inaccessible because the viruses have already infected most exe files.

    the trojan will stay in your system though…

    your system is too damaged to be recovered. when you access the internet, the trojan will download a payload of viruses again and you’re back to square one.

    if that is the case…grab your win CD, and format your computer.

  21. Iv got the same problem with them.iv tried many solutions but tune-up utilities regedet enables my taskmanager and regedt .but another problem came in the right click of my taskbar was disabled ..they say its a new folder virus but i can find any newfolder.exe in the process.

  22. i had suffering from this problem.Give solution to me.

  23. Hey,
    I had the same problem, plus i the run command on the start menu went away. i did some research and found out that it was caused by virus (hijacker) so i when on a whole day search for an antivirus i tried about 5 without success until i found pc tools internet secuity. As soon as i did the scan the task manager was enable and i was able to customize the start menu and have the run command once more. I highly recommend that you use pc tools or spyware doctor and believe they are similar.

  24. Hello..Friends..

    Sometimes its not a easy thing to bring back disabled TaskManager..i recently encounter a new virus that disabled TaskManage,REGEDIT and hides all files (folder option is available but if u set it to SHOW HIDDEN FILES it automatically reverts to DO NOT SHOW HIDDEN FILES mode)..Then i tried
    TASKLIST command to view the processes..there i couldn’t find any suspicious processes.!! BUT i saw 3 instances of NOTEPAD.EXE is running..(no NOTEPAD is opened)..I instantly tried TASKKILL /IM NOTEPAD.EXE comand to terminate it..it succeeds..But then IEXPLORE.EXE process is generated..i killed it too..then i couldn’t see any other process generating (I suspect that this virus infects EXE files in our system and make that EXE hidden from users. In any ways that infected program terminated..before closing..the infected program search for another EXE files in our system to infect and execute again from that EXE)..When i press CTRL+ALT+DEL..i got error message that Task Manager is Disabled and that ERROR MESSAGE CLOSE ITSELF AUTOMATICALLY…I tried PROCESS_EXPLORER software to watch the handles and processes..(no use..there it showing nothing suspicious)..but that nasty virus infects PROCESS-EXPLORER too..even after closing PROCESS-EXPLORER,i find 2 instances of it are running in tasklist..
    if we use the GPEDIT.MSC trick to bring back the TASKMANGER..it eanabled for a while after that the virus disbaled it again…The most funniest(even the dangerous) thing about this virus is that we cant trace its ProcessName..it can be anything (including ANTI-VIRUS processes)..in fact no programs in the infected system can be trusted..(i suspect even CMD.exe..that i used to kill the processes)..The Nastiest thing that it disables the system’s ability to boot in to the SAFE-MODE too..only START WINDOWS NORMALLY works..(otherwise the system restarts and come back to boot options)..If u tried to install any Anti-Virus Software..it closes the Installation Wizard Automatically..(i tried to install Kaspersky 7.0..but i couldn’t complete the installation itself)..Ultimately the only option is to ReFormat the system(including all drives otherwise the system will infect again from previously infected EXEs) resulting a large data loss..(Successful Virus Author!!!)..If anyone knows how to defend this VIRUS manually or any other means (WITHOUT RE-FORMATTING)..please share your knowledge here..I will be thankful to your response….

  25. Thx
    : )

  26. same as “Rajeev” any help ?

  27. same as “Rajeev”,help pleaseeee

  28. i had this happen to me and this is what worked, it was so easy!! thank goodness!!

    all i did was clicked start and went to run, i then entered:

    REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

    and hit OK, it was automatically fixed!!!
    i tried this n it worked for me thanx fran

  29. I also got a hard time with this …
    i tried gpedit.msc whatever it say …
    i selected remove task manger -> disable
    back then i tries to press Ctrl Alt Del only worked once and it been disable by admin just only a few sec
    and also regedit got the same problems

    next I try reinstall the window
    Window Xp Home Edition 2005 sp2

    After that the problems just appeared the same thing …
    i do some research and they all said it had to be with some trojan and viruses …
    so i tried all the antivirus AGV and stuffs
    after put the antivirus on the system it blocked everything and i just reinstall the system again and again …
    omg i just really wanna burn down this stupid pc …
    please any professional out there help me …
    give me some solution to do with this -/\- Thank you …

    • @ Jay : The malware on you machines seems to be very stubborn!
      Since you’ve tried a few steps to rectify the problem but it still doesn’t go away, the only solution that comes to my mind if for you to backup your FILES and reinstall the Windows NOT just reinstalling but if possible during installing Windows, delete the partition ( both if possibe ) or at least format it. Good luck

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