So, yeah, whenever I manually try to start the Task Manager, it gives me the error message:
"C:\Windows\System32\taskmgr.exe is not a valid Win32 application".
If I try to start it via CTRL+SHIFT+ESC nothing happens, same if I start it via the CTRL+ALT+DEL menu.
I doubt it's a malware or virus issue, as I have both virus (Avira Pro) and malware (Malwarebytes Pro) scans scheduled daily. Both of them run and scan normally.
The file "taskmgr.exe" does exist, and can be found in my /System32/ folder. Starting it manually, however, does not do anything but bring up the aforementioned error message.
If I try to start "tskmgr.exe" via the command prompt, it simply says "Access is Denied", though the registry indicates that it is not disabled by the administrator (myself). Speaking of the command prompt, having run a "sfc /scannow" reveals that there are errors, but there are not able to be corrected.
To clarify: everything else runs fine. I am having zero performance issues. No BSOD's, no slowdowns, nothing of the sort.
Edited by pnats, 09 April 2015 - 07:26 PM.