I downloaded a Windows Registry Repair program, ran it and found 850 problems with the registry. Fixed those, which in turn fixed the task manager problem.
XP's Task Manager BLOWS so I went to www.sysinternals.com and downloaded their awesome app, Process Explorer which replaces the task manager with a more user friendly detailed interface. ITS Just friggin steamin let me tell you.
It took me forever to get it to work tho, because I didn't know that the Microsoft built in Firewall also prevents you from running applications that interfere with core software processes, but I turned that off, and voila I had my task manager. The Manager popped up and there were a bleep load of infections that several other programs were runnng.
I tracked a majority of them down and deleted those. Then I had programs like binvga.exe, and wsup.exe that everytime I stopped the process it would move to run under another application. I looked up Binvga on google and was directed to this website and a forum thread that absolutely was awesome.
That my friends is why I'm here and how I got here.
Edited by randersonsdc, 05 April 2005 - 12:16 AM.