Sunday, May 10, 2009

Windows Task Manager is a task manager application included with Microsoft Windows NT family of operating systems that provides detailed information about computer performance and running applications, processes and CPU usage, commit charge and memory information, network activity and statistics, logged-in users, and system services. The Task Manager can also be used to set process priorities, processor affinity, forcibly terminate processes, and shut down, restart, hibernate or log off from Windows. Windows Task Manager was introduced with Windows NT 4.0, previous versions of Windows NT included the Task List application, which had far fewer features. The task list was capable of listing currently running processes and killing them, or creating a new process.

When task manager disabled its very hard for us to see the running process and or to kill not responding process. Task manager disabled may because of virus or intentionally disabled by the administrator. The second causes was rarely case because task manager wasn't critical temper to windows system rather than regedit (registry editor) that can make change to the system behavior. Several virus such as W32.sality.AE make registry and task manager not working. The virus will take control the registry and disable task manager so the change in registry to enable the task manager will be no use.

When hard to re-enable task manager why don't just another better "Task Manager"? My solution for this case is using process explorer. Process explorer has more functionality to see the process in tree mode and the DLL's handles, it also can search the process and handles, kill any suspicious background program and off course it has functionality to replace our troubled task manager ^_^.
To replace task manager with process explorer go to options in process explorer and click/check replace task manager and process explorer will active whenever Ctrl+Alt+Del combination pressed.
To download process explorer click here.


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