When getting infected with a virus, one of the most common things that can happen is for the Windows Task Manager to be disabled. In such a scenario, every time you try to launch it, you will receive a message saying that the 'Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator'. In this case, the first thing you should do is to install a good antivirus solution and disinfect your PC. If you need recommendations on good security solutions, check our Security for Everyone series. After you disinfect your PC, you can enable your Task Manager again by using a free tool called TaskMgrED, developed by one of our team members. In this article you will find out how this tool works and also receive the download link.
First, download TaskMgrED using the download link at the bottom of this article. When you run it, don't forget to right-click on the file and select 'Run as administrator'. When launched, the tool looks like in the screenshot below. To enable the Task Manager, click on the Enable button. If you want to disable it, click on Disable.
The tool has not been tested by many people so it can fail to work on some PCs. Therefore, we provide it as-is, with no warranties. In case you see an error as the one shown below, it means you forgot to run it as an administrator. Therefore, close it, right click on the file and select 'Run as administrator'.
If you encounter other issues with it, let us know via the comments below. We will do our best to fix it.
NOTE: this tool works also on Windows Vista and Windows XP.
TOOL UPDATES: TaskMgrED has been updated & improved. Version 1a should no longer generate the error message shown above. This has been replaced with a user-friendly message reminding users to run this tool as an administrator. Version 1b has some coding improvements.