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Windows Task Manager Disappears

May 27, 2005 at 18:13:04
Specs: Windows XP, Toshiba Satellite A10

I'm having the problem where windows task manager disappears after about 2 seconds. When I hover over the green checked icon, it disappears there as well. Also, when i shut down the computer, it says something about closing hidden shell icon window. This problem started first and I'm not sure if it's a virus/worm etc or something wrong with my computer. Any help especially with the task manager would be really appreciated

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#1
May 27, 2005 at 19:06:19

Eliza, I suggest that you update your virus definitions and run a full virus scan. The link below may be of some help.

Why does Task Manager disappear while opening?

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#2
May 27, 2005 at 19:56:57

I've updated my virus scanner which comes up clean, and i've got Spybot and Adaware, and I've deleted all the adware, this still hasn't fixed the problem

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#3
May 27, 2005 at 20:11:18

Eliza, Go to the link below and under the letter "T" scroll down to "Task Manager - Control/Alt/Delete - Doesn't work" where you may find a possible solution.

Task Manager Problems

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#4
May 27, 2005 at 23:22:33

Thanks, I used the links you provided and eventually downloaded the online symantec virus scanner. This detected W32.Mydoom.BU@mm
I downloaded the automatic fix for this virus, but it said it could not detect the presence of this virus. So I'm really not sure how to get rid of it now

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#5
May 28, 2005 at 00:55:03

Eliza, Follow the W32.Mydoom.BU@mm Removal Instructions for Windows XP at the link below. It appears to be a brand new variant of the Mydoom virus.

W32.Mydoom.BU@mm Removal Instructions

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#6
May 28, 2005 at 01:06:29

I tried this automatic removal tool and it says that it cannot detect the virus (after a symantec virus scanner already detected it). I tried to manually remove it, but once i opened the ETC file, there was no notepad file in hosts.

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#7
May 28, 2005 at 01:26:54

Eliza, Do you have an Antivirus Program installed on this computer? Did you turn off System Restore then restart your computer? After doing this run another virus scan. As far as the hosts file if you can't open it with Notepad try using Wordpad to open and edit it if necessary. The generic Windows XP hosts file (no extension) should be as shown between the lines below.
__________________________________________

Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

127.0.0.1 localhost

________________________________________

DO NOT Remove the 127.0.0.1 localhost entry

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#8
May 28, 2005 at 02:34:50

I did have Macfee Virus scan, but I first realised that I had a virus when I couldn't open this program. I did run the virus scan with system restore turned off, then restarted it, and it still did not detect the virus. Within the etc file, there are several smaller files, and i'm not sure which to use- there are hosts, lmhosts, networks, protocol and services

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#9
May 28, 2005 at 07:28:49

Eliza, The file you want to open with notepad or wordpad is the hosts file that has no extension. It should look exactly like the one I posted in my Response Number 7.

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#10
May 28, 2005 at 16:55:31

OK, here's my host file.

# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

127.0.0.1 localhost


What should I do with this file? there doesn't seem to be anything different from what your no. 7 reply looked like?


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#11
May 28, 2005 at 19:22:54

Eliza, Your hosts file looks fine so leave it as is. I'm out of ideas to correct the Task Manager problem and maybe someone else will come along with a possible solution.

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#12
May 28, 2005 at 22:21:19

Thanks very much for all your help anyway, I really appreciate it.

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#13
May 29, 2005 at 08:32:55

Eliza, Go to the link below and register for Free then go through the steps outlined in the sticky posts regarding Hijack This logs at the top and then post your issue there along with a copy of your Hijack This log. There are several experts there that can help you get rid of the problem you're having.

VirDoctor HijackThis forum

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