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Explorer.exe Disables TaskMgr, Regedit and possibly safemode

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#1 deadeyezzz


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Posted 23 July 2010 - 11:32 AM

Good Day,

This is my first post in this forum and I hope someone can help me.

My system's OS is WinXP Pro SP3 and my problem is that my systems TaskMgr and Regedit keeps getting disabled.
Here's the Troubleshooting steps that i have done so far;

1. Ran Superantispyware, Malwarebytes and Avast but none of them has detected any infection.

2. Ran a .vbs file that re-enables both Taskmgr and Regedit but no go. It just enables the taskmgr and Regedit for 5 secs then it is disabled again.
Note: One thing I've notice is that if you try manually delete the DisableTaskmgr and DisableRegistryTools, the DWORD enrties will be back there after
5 or so seconds.

3. I disabled all startup items and non-windows services using msconfig, no go.

4. I tried booting to safemode to check the issue will happen there but it seems that it is disabled too since the system just restarts when trying to boot to safe.

5. I ran ProcessMonitor and then ran the .vbs fix again. The ProcessMonitor was able to detect that Explorer.exe is changing the DWORD of both Taskmgr and
Note: Aside from Explorer.exe, the ProcessMonitor also detects the ctfmon.exe and winmine.exe as the culprit.

6. Ran autoruns program to try disabling the program but I can't seem to find it there.

7. I tried to manually delete those items but no go. In fact when I deleted the explorer.exe, I lost my icons and taskbar.

Explorer.exe seems to be a legit process and somehow something is using it to disable Taskmgr and Regedit. Aside from those two (2) windows tools it disable
firewall alerts aswell among other stuff.

I hope someone it this forum can help me in resolving this problem. Thank you in advance!

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Posted 24 July 2010 - 12:54 AM


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