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Background task server error on start up

Q: Background task server error on start up

Hi all, I have a recuring problem, that happens every time i boot up. I get an error message saying `the background taskserver encountered a problem and had to close`. The PC seems to work OK but I know something must be wrong! I went into the system config utility and disabled everything on startup, re-booted and it still happens. I really need some sound advice now, can anyone help?? Thanks........

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A: Background task server error on start up

Are you running VCOM's System Suite?

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sometimes when i have my CPU usage at like 50% i get this error report saying
The background task server has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

szAppName : szAppVer : szModName : unknown
szModVer : offset : 00000000

what is happening?

what can i do about it?

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XP Pro on Dell Laptop Insprion 8600

Everytime I startup I get the message that the background task server must close. I have searched Google for info about this and the one post I found does not appy. Does anyone know what this is and what I can do to correct the problem. I have not experienced any other problems related to this error message.

A:MXTask.exe.mdmp background task server must close

olymwd said:

XP Pro on Dell Laptop Insprion 8600

Everytime I startup I get the message that the background task server must close. I have searched Google for info about this and the one post I found does not appy. Does anyone know what this is and what I can do to correct the problem. I have not experienced any other problems related to this error message.Click to expand...

Hi Olymwd,

You meant Mxtask.exe, not Mstask.exe, right?

Have you done a system scan to make sure you're not infected with a Trojan?

Try http://housecall.trendmicro.com, or if another user has a better free-scanner, then maybe they could suggest it?

Assuming you're not infected with anything, have you tried removing and re-installing the "Fix-It" program that this file is associated with?


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I faced quite an odd issue. I created task for starting Transmission-QT at system start.
I enabled Task History and there all seems fine.

But really program doesn't start. In "Last run result" field of Task Scheduler I get a strange error 0x41301.

I googled it and discovered that it means "Task is already running". Surprisingly I found this program in running tasks just after system boot but no GUI is shown. Only the process itself is running.

But after some time it dissapeared from Task Manager and then nothing happens.
I googled this error and tried all the proposed solutions: I set up option "Log on as a batch job", I specified "Start in" parameter explicitly in task definition, but had no luck.
Anybody have any thoughts about this?
Thank you in advance.

A:Task scheduler cannot start a task. Error 0x41301

Nobody can help?

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So I was using my computer yesterday and it was completely fine. I turned it on today to find that all my files on my desktop were sorted by alphabetical order and the desktop was black. The next thing was a popup appeared saying that Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center has stopped working. The taskbar is completely empty and only shows the windows icon, date, time, volume etc. The resolution seems to be messed up and most things appear a bit blurry. Task manager does not show anything under any of its tabs and search is not working at all. Many of the windows functions are not working and it seems that data that was saved in my browsers were completely erased. If anyone has any possible solution for this I'd really appreciate it

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So here goes. I, an idiot, installed this program called Software Informer and I regret it very much. Via this program I installed many others, e.g. USB Disk Security, Windows 8 Manager, IObit Unlocker (I think this is the one that's problematic, with it came IObit toolbar and my browser's startup page was also changed), Vuze, AutoHide IP. What happened is that when I rebooted my system, I got the error message from the topic title. I followed these instructions:
So I ran Autoruns, deleted the Conduit Background Container.dll, rebooted, ran ADW Cleaner and JRT. What I noticed was that I could not open Adobe any more. I uninstalled all the above programs, cleaned up temp files and everything with CCleaner, uninstalled Adobe and then installed it again but - nothing.
Then I tried to do a System Restore hopefully to anull all the previous mess I made, however, I had a restore point done right after I installed all the programs and decided to uninstall them - that's when Revo Uninstaller made a restore point I hate myself now.
So I restored it to that point and luckily, Adobe worked. Then again I removed the Dll message, rebooted, Adobe still worked. And after ADWCleaner also it worked if I recall correctly, but after I ran JRT it does not open! Is it maybe because of something deleted in the registry? Should I put th... Read more

A:DLL error message/background container.dll solved, Adobe won't start up

AdwCleaner and JRT logs would be very helpful if you can locate them.
Let's see if you have a restore point to work from:
Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.
Checkmark the following checkboxes:
Flush DNS
Report IE Proxy Settings
Reset IE Proxy Settings
Report FF Proxy Settings
Reset FF Proxy Settings
List content of Hosts
List IP configuration
List Winsock Entries
List last 10 Event Viewer log
List Installed Programs
List Devices
List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
List Minidump Files
List Restore Points
Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run.
 Note: When using "Reset FF Proxy Settings" option Firefox should be closed.

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I want to setting the task-scheduler, that will fire when the user on server is log off.
I have don with
 1. login ,  2. On Connection to user session  3. On disconnect from user session
but I cant find any with " logoff " 
Please guide 

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Hi Guys
Trying to get my file sharing going. Very kindly was given the solution to the missing ServiceDll in registry (thanks again to Shadypac for the article dealing with the same) but now encounter a "can't launch in a timely manner" error 1053 when I try to start it in services.
This is affecting 2 computes in my network.
Now while I'm here - anyone know how to get the link to msi files up? Can't run msi files once I download them - nothing happens>
many thanks

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Hi. I hope I am posting this in the right section. When I start Windows XP, I get the following error message, "Your SQL Server installation is either corrupt or has been tampered with (Could not open SQLEVN70.RLL) Please uninstall then re-run setup to correct this problem".

I understand that this is because of name change to the computer?? If this is correct, I never changed the name of the computer. I went to the add/remove programs but there is nothing listed that says, "SQL Server". I found a few article across the net about various ways to uninstall certain versions but I don't know what the version is. Any help getting rid of this error message would be greatly appreciated.


A:Start Up Error - Your Sql Server Installation Is Either Corrupt....

Ton's of these errors listed in this Google search: http://www.google.com/search?q=Could+not+o...lient=firefox-aDoes this happen as Windows first starts to boot? If so, it may be that something is calling upon components of SQL Server (and since it's corrupted it won't work). So, the task will be to find out what's doing it.I'd suggest starting with the Event Viewer. Go to Start...Run...and type in "eventvwr.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Look in the System and Application logs for errors around the time that the error occurs.Locating the error about the SQL Server will give us a starting point. That entry may provide us with enough info to figure out what's causing it - or it then becomes a task of reviewing the entries prior to it to see what's causing it.Another way to approach this (presuming that it's a startup error) is to disable some of your startups with msconfig - and then reboot to see if that fixes it. If it does, then it's one of the disabled entries that's causing it. After a bit of trial and error you'll figure out which app is causing it. Then an uninstallation of that app should fix it (and a reinstallation should fix the corruption of the SQL Server elements).

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I found this error logged in event viewer and would like to know its consequences, seriousness and solution

Win Seven 64 bit laptop with original OEM applied with SP1

Log Name: System
Source: Microsoft-Windows-DistributedCOM
Date: 07-03-2012 23:08:16
Event ID: 10001
Task Category: None
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: SanjitKeskar-PC
Unable to start a DCOM Server: {E9513610-F218-4DDA-B954-2C7E6BA7CABB} as /. The error:
Happened while starting this command:
C:\PROGRA~2\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\Driver\1050\INTEL3~1\IDriver.exe -Embedding
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="Error">
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-DistributedCOM" Guid="{1B562E86-B7AA-4131-BADC-B6F3A001407E}" EventSourceName="DCOM" />
<EventID Qualifiers="49152">10001</EventID>
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2012-03-07T17:38:16.000000000Z" />
<Correlation />
<Execution ProcessID="0" ThreadID="0" />
<Security />
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A:Unable to start a DCom server error

Does not appear to be serious. DCOM errors typically mean antivirus software, firewall software, or router settings are not configured/working properly. Are you experiencing any issues with the system?

Please provide us with your Event Viewer administrative logs by following these steps:Click Start Menu
Type eventvwr into Search programs and files (do not hit enter)
Right click eventvwr.exe and click Run as administrator
Expand Custom Views
Click Administrative Events
Right click Administrative Events
Save all Events in Custom View As...
Save them in a folder where you will remember which folder and save as Errors.evtx
When asked, save the display information in English.
Go to where you saved Errors.evtx
Create a new folder by right clicking in a blank area within the folder Errors.evtx is saved in. You could also click New Folder at the top of the directory under the directory path box.
Name the new folder Errors.
Place Errors.evtx and the LocaleMetaData folder into the new Errors folder.
Right click the Errors folder -> send to -> compressed (zipped) folder
Upload the .zip file here.

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Hi All,
Anyone could u please help me for this problem.
I just change my office internet modem. And after i change to the IP and DNS to obtain automatically, 1 of my computer was having problem connect to the server, we are using a "TP-Link Switch".  The computer is connected to the switch and able to connect to internet but failed to share files and folders.
When I tried to start the "server" services in services.msc, it show this error message.>>Could not start the Server service on local Computer. Error 126: The specified module cannot be found<<
I  tried this method but also failed to fix it.
Error message when starting the Server service in Windows XPhttp://www.winhelponline.com/articles/64/1/
Okay for this command,
expand CD drive:\i386\srv.sy_ %systemroot%\system32\drivers\srv.sys  
I stuck at "expand E:\i386\srvsvc.dl_ C:\Windows\system32\srvsvc.dll" 

A:Unable to Start "Server" Service - ERROR 126

Do you have a Windows Xp disk?

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See below Mongo db error log.  Could this be related?

2018-12-05 22:59:22.5294 4872 1234 Error [CommandWireProtocol`1] MongoDB.Driver.MongoCommandException: Command collStats failed: Collection [ATA.ServiceInstalledEvent_20180608051637] not found..
   at MongoDB.Driver.Core.WireProtocol.CommandWireProtocol`1.ProcessReply(ConnectionId connectionId, ReplyMessage`1 reply)
   at async MongoDB.Driver.Core.WireProtocol.CommandWireProtocol`1.ExecuteAsync[](?)
   at async MongoDB.Driver.Core.Servers.Server.ServerChannel.ExecuteProtocolAsync[](?)
   at async MongoDB.Driver.Core.Operations.CommandOperationBase`1.ExecuteProtocolAsync[](?)
   at async MongoDB.Driver.Core.Operations.ReadCommandOperation`1.ExecuteAsync[](?)
   at async MongoDB.Driver.OperationExecutor.ExecuteReadOperationAsync[](?)
   at async MongoDB.Driver.MongoDatabaseImpl.ExecuteReadOperationAsync[](?)
   at async Microsoft.Tri.Center.Database.MongoDatabaseExtension.RunAsync(?)
   at async Microsoft.Tri.Center.Database.CappedCollection`1.UpdateCurrentCollectionEntityCountAsync[](?)
   at async Microsoft.Tri.Infrastructure.Extensions.TaskExtension.<>c__DisplayClass33_0.<RunPeriodic>b__0(?)

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Unable to start a DCOM Server: {06622D85-6856-4460-8DE1-A81921B41C4B}. The error:"2"Happened while starting this command:C:\Windows\SysWOW64\DllHost.exe /Processid:{06622D85-6856-4460-8DE1-A81921B41C4B}
Been getting this error for years and can't access certain control panels directly (but can through full control panel) like desktop "personalization" (clicking any links under "See also" in this window does nothing). Control Panel refuses
to show its cascading menu in the Start Menu too.

06622D85-6856-4460-8DE1-A81921B41C4B is COpenControlPanel. I searched for these in the registry editor but couldn't find the command-line used in the error which, if I run in a command prompt,
gives this error:
This version of C:\Windows\SysWOW64\dllhost.exe is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running. Check your computer's system information to see whether you need a x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) version of the program, and then contact the software publisher.
If I run c:\windows\system32\dllhost.exe /processid:{06622D85-6856-4460-8DE1-A81921B41C4B} it works fine. How do I get DCOM to use the 32-bit dllhost.exe? I've tried the backup 64-bit dllhost.exe in C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-com-surrogate_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_43fa44d954d596e7
but get the same bit-depth conflict error above.
Any ideas? Thanks.

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I have two routers I usually connect to (work and home) and each have wireless access. That means there are essentially 4 network locations I have listed. I have merged each respective network location (wired and wireless) into their own singular network location - "Work" and "Home".

I also have set up two tasks; one is set to run only when connected to "Work" and the other, to "Home". The 1st maps network drives and the 2nd disconnects the drives. So essentially when I get to work and log in, the scheduler should attempt to map the network drives. When I go home and log in again, it should disconnect the mapped drives.

Currently if I plug in to a physical LAN connection this works...however if I'm running on wireless, the task scheduler doesn't trigger the scripts! I don't know if this has to do with the fact that I'm using merged network locations and it's only using ONE of the profiles or whether it has to do with something else.

So to summarize, the scripts themselves are working just fine - it's the "Start only if the following network location is available" condition that fails when using 1) merged networks and 2) wireless.

A:Task Scheduler failing to start task with merged network locations

Try recreating the tasks. Sometimes task scheduler glitches. So, just try recreating and post again.

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Trying to run a simple batch file that connects to network drives. I need this batch to run as system user in order for my CrashPlan application to back up the contents. I cannot just map the drives normally. (see info here: recipe:back_up_windows_mapped_drives [CrashPlan Support Site] )Batch file contents:net use S: \\\net use r: \\\The problem I am having is that the task works fine and runs the batch file if I have set the user as my local user account. However, this will not work with CrashPlan so I have to run the task as SYSTEM. When I run the task as system the task does not work. This is the last status in the task history.- <Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">- <System>
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler" Guid="{DE7B24EA-73C8-4A09-985D-5BDADCFA9017}" /> 
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2013-08-16T23:16:42.593507300Z" /> 
<Correlation ActivityID="{29401120-CAB6-4600-B285-925DF0193838}" /> 
<Execution ProcessID="724" ThreadID="2880" /> 
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A:Task Scheduler task won't start if user is SYSTEM

I don't see how in blazes anyone can boot to any user named "System" - Cos it is either your User name or Administrator. So ya want this deleted? I'll ask.

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on starting up pc the task bar freezes for approx 15mins & only the egg timer is showing, can access desktop icons, however not all programs launch on task bar. what appears to be the issue, is it hardware or software?

A:start up task bar freezes & not all programs show up on task bar

Hi and welcome to TSG..
Are you running any Antivirus and spyware programs??
Run a Hijck this log..link below..
D/load install in C:\ program file..click scan and save logfile..it will open in notepad..
Clcik edit>select all>edit>copy>paste on your thread..

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For months I've been having problems with programs not responding, responding slowly, or freezing. When I open Windows Task Manager and select end task, it doesn't work. I want to run scans in safe mode, but when I press F8 on restart, I can't get it. I could previously get to safe mode before all the problems started. The only way I can get out of a program not responding or freezing is to hit the off button, not through shut down/restart. I'm having to do this constantly now. I suspect the computer has a virus or problems with spyware/malware. Bitdefender quarantines lots of temp files, which I delete. Hitman Pro finds tracking cookies, which I delete. Malwarebytes never finds anything. I need help in determining what problem my computer has and how I can fix it.

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I purchased a Netgear Push2TV PTV3000, and updated the firmware, downloaded the latest Intel WiDi, and tried to connect. The search for WiDi adapters found the PTV3000, so I double-clicked to install it. Add a Device ran, but could not find the PTV3000.
Searching the Web I found I needed to insure WiDiApp and Wireless PAN DHCP Server were allowed through the firewall. I found that the WiDiApp was listed in, and allowed through the firewall. I could not find any mention of Wireless PAN DHCP Server in the firewall.
I found the entry in Services, and it was listed as Manual. I set it to Automatic and tried to Start the service. I received an Error 1067: The process terminated unexpectedly.  I am running Windows 8 on a Sony SVS15118FXB.
As a possibly associated issue, since I believe Bluetooth also uses the Wireless PAN DHCP Server, I cannot get Bluetooth to function on the same computer. Attempts to connect Sony Bluetooth speakers also fail.  Maybe the same issue?
Any help would be most appreciated...

A:WiDi can't connect, found Wireless PAN DHCP Server can't start with error 1067

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Every time I restart it is extremely slow and I believe caused by the following 2 errors that appear in the System Event Log as event ID 10000:

Unable to start a DCOM Server: {7160A13D-73DA-4CEA-95B9-37356478588A}. The error: "2"
Happened while starting this command:
C:\Windows\system32\igfxext.exe -Embedding

Unable to start a DCOM Server: {078AEF33-C48A-49F7-AFF3-A0EE810BFE7C}. The error: "2"
Happened while starting this command:
C:\Windows\system32\igfxsrvc.exe -Embedding

I believe they are Intel drivers but have failed to find a remedy to this problem.
Other than a real slow startup there appears to be no other problem.
Am I the only one with this problem and anybody know the cure?

A:Satellite P200HD-1DV: Event error on startup -Unable to start a DCOM Server

So, you figured out where the problem is but why didn?t you installed another intel graphics drivers? I mean, you know where the problem is and you can resolve it.

Otherwise, if a reinstall does not help it would be better to completely recover your system to eliminate the problem.


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Hi, I have an Acer Aspire T3-710 desktop machine that's barely a month old.The Windows system event log is showing a warning from the TaskScheduler upon every startup that reads as follows: "Task Scheduler service found a misconfiguration in the NT TASK\BacKGroundAgent definition. Additional Data: Error Value: C:\Program Files (x86)\Acer\AOP Framework\BackgroundAgent.exe." This appears to be a problem with an AOP related scheduled task but I cannot seem to find mention of AOP in the task scheduler.  How can I fix this? Thank you. The warning details are as follows: - System- Provider[ Name] Microsoft-Windows-TaskScheduler[ Guid] {DE7B24EA-73C8-4A09-985D-5BDADCFA9017}EventID 414Version 0Level 3Task 414Opcode 0Keywords 0x4000000000000000- TimeCreated[ SystemTime] 2016-09-09T10:19:34.382985300ZEventRecordID 35252Correlation- Execution[ ProcessID] 1028[ ThreadID] 1248Channel SystemComputer MY-DESKTOP- Security[ UserID] S-1-5-18- EventDataTaskName NT TASK\BacKGroundAgentParameter C:\Program Files (x86)\Acer\AOP Framework\BackgroundAgent.exe

A:T3-710 AOP background agent task misconfiguration

you can disable the BackgroundAgent.exe from windows automatic startup, it's needed to check automatically drivers/bios or Acer software upgrades. you can manually check running Acer care center.

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Think i have downloaded some kind of trojan/virus. My desktop resets to a red screen, i cannot access task manager and when i launch Internet Explorer it redirects to a spyware removal site. Anybody have any ideas? I've ran through spybot, avast, avg anti-spyware and deleted everything that they find. Any help would be appreciated.



A:Red background, no task manager and ie issues - help please

Go to the address below and Click on the button for Download to the right of HijackThis Self Installer:


1. Save the file to your desktop.
2. Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
3. By default it will install to C:\Program Files\HijackThis.
4. Continue to click Next in the setup dialog boxes until you get to the Select Additional Tasks dialog.
5. Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.
6. Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
7. At the final dialog box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.
8. Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
9. Click Save to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.
10. At the top of the Notepad HJT log screen, hit Edit then Select All then click Edit and then click Copy. Doing that copies the text to the clipboard.
11. Come back here and paste your log into your version of windows

DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.
A security expert will take a look at your log - please be patient.

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In an old thread this question was asked and the response labeled "partially solved". I disagree; the advice given (to go to "personalization" and turn "show color on Start, Task bar, action center and title bar" to "on" and pick a color) does not change the background color of the task bar, which remains black regardless of this setting. So I am asking the question again: how can you change the background color of the task bar from black to something that will actually contrast with the icons? Black is a terrible color; some of the icons are barely visible with that setting.

A:How do I change the background color for the task bar?

Use these settings to use an accent color widows picks from your wallpaper:
Use these settings to choose from the palette:

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I run a windows 8.0 toshiba laptop and in the last few days I've noticed a constant Defrag.exe task running in the background. This is despite going into control panel and checking my fragmentation levels with dfrgui.exe, it gives 0% fragmentation on all of my four partitions (C:\, D:\, recovery, System Reserved). I cannot stop the Defrag.exe task in task manager, when i try to end it from the main "Processes" tab nothing happens, when I try to end it from the "Details" tab, I get an error message "Unable to terminate process, The Operation could not be completed, Access is denied". And the task does not end.
The exact details of the Defrag.exe process are
PID: 1316
Status: Running
Username: SYSTEM
CPU: 00
Memory: 124K
Command line: C:\Windows\system32\defrag.exe -c -h -o -$
Description: Disk Defragmenter Module
If I log off and log-on again, or restart the machine, or turn it off, take out the battery, reinsrt the battery and start the machine up, then this process is still running when I open task manager once logged in. I have seen this process running in the same way on three days in a row now.
I have looked at task scheduler and found it is scheduled to run weekly, and I have seen it in the past but it's never run for this long before.
Why would it be running like this if the defragmenting options/interface/analysis (dfrgui.exe) says I have no fragmentation on any disc?
I also ran a quick manual Defrag on C:\ drive, and after doing so this automated task was still in th... Read more

A:Constant Defrag.exe task in background, possible causes?

Just for giggles did you maybe disable it in startup and then reboot and see if it still runs.

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Sometimes when I'm using my PC, a massive load (say, 100 or so) of tasks suddenly pop up in the task bar including tabs that shouldn't even be tabs, and this causes issues like windows on screen that don't respond to clicking or attempting to close them. These tasks are usually background processes running on the computer, for example Nvidia drivers or Corsair keyboard/mouse drivers.

This problem also disables typing and clicking in other tabs and stops me from opening up the start menu, although Ctrl+Alt+Del still responds correctly. Finally, if I manage to close most tabs one of the only tabs left will be an Adaware warning window, with the dialogue "Blocked 15 threats", which it won't list, and "iexplorer.exe is attempting to access the internet", even though I have disabled Internet Explorer on this PC.

I am running Windows 8.1 with virtually all updates, hardware should all be fine as it's relatively new. If anyone has any idea what might cause this help would be appreciated. I have run both AdAware full scan and Malware Bites antimalware full scan and no malicious content found.

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not sure what the problem is but it's affecting my background and ability to access task manager, please take a look

a. background has been taken over with WARNING SPYWARE THREAT HAS BEEN DETECTED ON YOUR PC

b. taskbar keep popping up with, your security and privacy are at risk... 12 spyware found..etc

c. task manager has been disabled... "task manager has been disabled by your administrator"
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:16:07 PM, on 9/5/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16512)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Antivirus\CAVTray.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Antivirus\CAVRID.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Antivirus\ISafe.exe
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A:Background and task manager trouble

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I have recently upgraded from XP to 8.1. With XP, I had tasks scheduled that would automatically start Outlook, Chrome, and a specific file in Excel open before I got to work and logged in. When I logged in, I didn't have to wait for all of these to load saving me some time. When I upgraded, I scheduled the same tasks, but they would not start. I checked the task manager, and I noticed that the tasks were running in the background, but I had to manually start them to get them to work. I have attached a text file of the xml: Firefox Task.txt

Why can't I get the tasks to run in the foreground?

A:Task Scheduler tasks run in background

See Create Scheduled Task in Windows 8 Personally I would just place a shortcut in the "Start" part of All Programs for the desktop. There are some issues still not resolved if you are trying to do stuff from the Metro/Start screen interface.

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Using the method in this post ...

Writer I Am: Creating an Hourly Reminder in Windows

Why is the message displaying under current windows? Is there a way to force it to the front?


A:Scheduled task message popping up in background ...

There is a way, and that is to display the message using a batch file. For your question above, the code will be as follows:

@echo off
echo Stand up, stretch, move, walk around
Save this simple file as a batch file with the extension .bat. Give it a suitable name. The pause command holds the display, so that you have to click on it to dismiss it.

Now, follow the instructions in the link you provided and, instead of selecting the option to Display a message, choose Start a program. In the screen that follows (see below for an example) browse to the location of the batch file you created and then click OK.

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About a week and a half ago, I had a similar (not as bad) problem like I do now, but this time it's just terrible. Right now my computer is running like garbage;

I get 'Warning! Security report' pop-up from the task bar every 30 seconds, I can't access the task manager when I 'Ctrl, Alt, Del', there is a set background (picture below + I can't change any desktop/wallpaper options), my "My Documents' folder randomly opens, even on start-up, I still get random pop-ups, still some from IE and even a few from Firefox (my browser), programs tend to crash a lot, I've been up for about 30 minutes and it has seemed pretty okay, FF has only crashed once. HijackThis log below. Thanks for anybody who can help me out.

Picture of desktop. This keeps replacing whatever I have set;

HijackThis log;

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 6:40:48 AM, on 1/8/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16762)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\NETGEAR\WG311v3\WinDomainlogon.exe
D:\Programs\Other\Avast Professional v4.8.1.1299\aswUpdSv.exe
D:\Programs\Other\Avast Professional v4.8.1.1299\ashServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Dev... Read more

A:Again. >:[ -No task manager, set background, pop-ups, virus warnings, etc.(+HJT Log)

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Well somehow managed to get some rather nasty thing in my pc.
Cannot ctrl alt del to get task manager, comes up with an administrator has locked this message. Also the background is a red and wont allow me to change it for more than 5 mins. Also getting a set of three windows that quickly open in til then close. Found other msgs in the forum about the same prob but seeing as my hijack this log seemed a bit different thought I would try and get some help. Log for hjt is attached.

Thanks in advance


A:Solved: Red background, task manager locked etc

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Hi all, I'm trying to disable acrotray.exe from constantly running in the background. I disabled it in msconfig/startup tab, and I checked scheduled tasks and services and there's nothing associated with this task, and yet it keeps showing active in the background. Sure, I can terminate it using Task Manager, but it will pop up again. I can also rename it to say acrotray.bak but I don't think this is a neat solution. Does anyone know how to get rid of this? Apparently it's used for PDF conversion in Acrobat from other formats (Word, Excel, html, etc), but I don't need this functionality. I googled and couldn't find any solution either. Thanks for any hints.

A:Unable to disable a background task/acrotray.exe

Have you tried running the Acrobat PDF program and find the setting for not having an icon in the Notification Tray?

If there is no such setting, perhaps the alternative is an uninstall and find another program. BTW, acrotray.exe doesn't really take up any resource. If it's using CPU, I would be leery.

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Hello all,

Well I turned on my computer and it started OK but after it appears to be finished with all loading processes the desktop background picture appears with no icons and no taskbar. I try to right click, hit windows button, etc. to get some sort of response or workable area and nothing. I then restarted the computer and tried to boot in safe mode but it always gets to a certain point then restarts itself. So for that reason I can't even give you an OTL report or HijackThis report. Can somebody help me get a workable area so I can see something on my desktop and start trying to clean this problem? Thank you very much in advance.

The OS is Windows XP Pro.

A:Desktop Background Visible But No Icons or Task Bar

desktop or laptop? My first bit of advice, remove the network cable / turn off/unplug the wireless

also when you get to safe mode, it's the list of

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
etc etc

or does it reboot before/as that appears?

last question for this post, seems this isnt your only PC, what are the brands and set ups of the PCs you have, might be able to run a connection between them ( but of course i wouldnt do that just yet for fear of cross contamination )

will wait for your response, if I dont get back with you today, I will check again tomorrow morning

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I thought I had downloaded a suspicious file , and was given proof of that upon turning my computer on this morning. My background was a bright red, and when I tried to open task manager, I got a "Task manager has been disabled by administrator" error. I googled it, but couldn't find the entry I needed in the regedit.exe folder, so I thought I'd look for help here. I also get pop-ups, along with ad's on my task bar. I have attatched my hijackthis log, thank you.

A:Solved: Red Background, no task manager, and pop-ups..score.

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Im working on my friends computer to fix alot or problems caused by viruses on the computer i cleaned the computer of the viruses but the computer is still slow as hell there is 54 processes that are active in the background i cant seem to find out how to remove them i know most of the needed ones but the one i try to end say not autherized not sure what to do now.
please someone help i have no idea what to do.

A:Need help removing some background programs from the task manager

To show a list of processes in Task Manager, download hijackthis here:


Save HJTsetup.exe to your desktop.
Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Hijack This.
Continue to click Next in the setup dialogue boxes until you get to the Select Addition Tasks dialogue.
Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.
Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
At the final dialogue box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.

Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
Click Save to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.
Click Edit > Select All> Edit > Copy to copy the entire contents of the log.
Paste the log in your next reply.

Note: Per forum rules I cannot help with any malware items that may show in the log.

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This is a similar problem in a post for XP, but the replies did not work
Ok. I was using this program that would change my Start Button. It would come up with this error thing, but had a option to click "Continue" So i would always pick it, but then i wanted to change it again, so I clicked on the option "Restore my start button to normal" and when i clicked it once, my taskbar blinked, but didnt change back. This isn't the first time it happened. Then i clicked it again and my taskbar disappeared. I didn't think much of it, cuz it happens sometimes, but i restarted my computor, logged in, and all of a sudden, i was starring at a black screen. Its been 3 days, and im able to do just about everything will my computer, because im on it right now. But I'm starring at a black screen when i turn on my computer. Same thing happens in safe mode.
UPDATE: I got a new explorer.exe, but when i reboot, it says: Class not registered.
how might i register my explorer.exe to be registered

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I noticed that whenever I start iTunes and then close it my little Windows cpu gadget reports approx 10% usage for a good 30 seconds afterwards. I checked the process a few times and opened task manager. It is cortana background task host that always runs approx 10% in the aftermath of iTunes being closed. Like I say it doesn't last long before going back to 0%. But why would cortana background task host be kicked into life by iTunes? We have another living room PC which is so weak but I tested same process on this and it doesn't really happen, cortana background task maybe runs 10% for a couple seconds.

the difference between the two machines aside from a huge power differential is the machine it happens on has about 4000 songs and locally stored in the iTunes library. The weak machine it doesn't happen on has no songs locally stored, we just stream music in iTunes using the iCloud music library

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Ive encounted "problem" that disables my task manager and puts a screen up over my background saying "Warning!.. etc.etc." which I cant seem to move to access the "X". In control panel, when trying to delete a few programs that appear unnecessary (Home search assistant, search extender, shopping wizard) an error occurs saying "Unable to open "http://looking-for.cc/uninstall/programname.html". I ran HijackThis and was wondering if I could send you my log so that you could point out the malicious lines I need to check and scan/fix.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.0
Scan saved at 2:41:53 PM, on 2/7/2005
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
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A:Task manager disabled/Background jacked. help?

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Attached please find my HJT log file..please advise as I am in middle of something important. I cannot access task manager and I keep getting popups from my norton antivirus which expired recently but still running.Would really appreciate help.Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 12:58:26 AM, on 10/15/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exeC:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exeC:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exeC:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\SymWSC.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:... Read more

A:Task Manager Disabled And Desktop Background Is Taken Over

Please click here http://www.majorgeeks.com/Sun_Java_Runtime...ment_d4648.html to download the latest version of JAVA Install the application, then go to the Add/Remove Programs options in the Control Panel and Remove ALL previous versions of JAVA.======================If norton has expired remove it via add remove programs======================You should print out these instructions, or copy them to a NotePad file for reading while in Safe Mode, because you will not be able to connect to the Internet to read from this site.Please download SmitfraudFix (by S!Ri)Extract the content (a folder named SmitfraudFix) to your Desktop.Next, please reboot your computer in Safe Mode by doing the following :Restart your computerAfter hearing your computer beep once during startup, but before the Windows icon appears, tap the F8 key continually;Instead of Windows loading as normal, a menu with options should appear;Select the first option, to run Windows in Safe Mode, then press "Enter".Choose your usual account.Once in Safe Mode, open the SmitfraudFix folder again and double-click smitfraudfix.cmdSelect option #2 - Clean by typing 2 and press "Enter" to delete infected files.You will be prompted: "Registry cleaning - Do you want to clean the registry?"; answer "Yes" by typing Y and press "Enter" in order to remove the Desktop background and clean registry keys associated with the infection.The tool will now check if wininet.dll is in... Read more

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Howdy! Woke up yesterday to find my computer with some malware on it....my desktop is now blue and says "Warning! Spyware detected on your computer!", I can't access my Task Manger (error appears saying "task manager disabled by administrator", even though I'm the only user on this computer) and I have pop-ups left and right.I would appreciate any help! Here is my log:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 20:05:38, on 6/22/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16674)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 5.0\PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exeC:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\AOLacsd.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exec:\program files\mcafee.com\agent\mcdetect.exec:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcshield.exec:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mct... Read more

A:"warning!" Background + Task Manager Disabled

Hello chrisj198 and welcome to BC. Let's see what we can find. Please follow the steps below in order:Before running a new scan let's clean out the temporary folders. Download ATF Cleaner to your Desktop.Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.Click Select All found at the bottom of the list.Click the Empty Selected button.If you use Firefox browser, do this also:Click Firefox at the top and choose Select All from the list.Click the Empty Selected button.NOTE : If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.If you use Opera browser, do this also:Click Opera at the top and choose Select All from the list.NOTE : If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.Close ALL Internet browsers (very important).Click the Empty Selected button.Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.Now download OTScanIt from here or here to your Desktop and double-click on it to extract the files. It will create a folder named OTScanIt on your desktop.Note: You must be logged on to the system with an account that has Administrator privileges to run this program.Close ALL OTHER PROGRAMS.Open the OTScanIt folder and double-click on OTScanIt.exe to start the program (if you are running on Vista then right-click the program and choose Run as Administrator).
In the Drivers section click on Non-Microsoft.Under Additional Scans click the checkboxes in front of the following items to select them:Reg - BotCheck
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Hi all,
I recently brought a second-hand computer (Windows 7 Pro).
After a few days, I noticed that there was an internet explorer page opened that I could see on the task manager (I use Firefox).
The processus iexplore.exe*32 was running and using a lot of CPU. I followed these guidelines (scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, then with Hitman Pro, then with Emsisoft Anti-Malware). While trying to install Emsisoft Anti-Malware, I got a blue screen error. The computer started in safe mode, and I restarted it.
At first, it started, would ask me my password and then I just got a black screen with messages that task host process and Userinit had stopped functioning.
After a few times, I was able to access my session, but the task host process does not open, as well as regedit, and CCleaner, Defraggler and a few other things.
I have tried to do additional scans, but I can't install most softwares (and it's anyway probably not optimal to have several different softwares together).
If I turn down my computer, when restarting it, I'll get task host and userinit errors, and finally after resarting it 3 or 4 times, I'll be able to access my session but task manager etc. are still not working.
I don't know what to do, so any help would be appreciated.
Many thanks
and have a nice day!

A:IE running in the background and task manager, regedit etc. now not working.n

Hi LaMouffette,
Please run this tool for me so I can get an overview of the system:
Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your Desktop.
 Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system. If you are not sure which version applies to your system, download both of them and try to run them. Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.
Right-click FRST then click "Run as administrator" (XP users: click run after receipt of Windows Security Warning - Open File).
When the tool opens, click Yes to disclaimer.
Press the Scan button.
When finished, it will produce a log called FRST.txt in the same directory the tool was run from.
Please copy and paste the log in your next reply.
Note 2: The first time the tool is run it generates another log (Addition.txt - also located in the same directory the tool was run from). Please also paste that, along with the FRST.txt into your next reply.

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Hello! I'm new here so I will make this short. I installed Windows 10 (10130 build) and I love it. The only problem that I'm having with it is this Photo Background app that eats my cpu(30-40%)! When I start up windows I need to kill it in task manager everytime. But even after I kill it if I leave my laptop in idle it still comes back. I want to understand what this Photos Background Task Host is doing, his functionality... I want to understand it. I searched in google and all solutions pointed to the camera of the laptop... yes I have a camera, I also deactivated it but the problem still persists. I just want to know what it does in detail. Why should I let it use my CPU??? Thanks!

This solved my problem: Apps - Re-register in Windows 8 and 10

A:Photos Background Task Host - High CPU usage!

Do you have lots of photos on your machine or on onedrive?

Photo App is the default photo viewer in win 10, so it will be importing all your photos and auto enhancing them (unless this is now an optional feature)

what happens if you let it run after boot instead of killing it, does it eventually settle down?

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**Please please please help**
I'm working on a computer for one of my customer's and I've used Spybot S&D, Adaware, Windows Defender and have tried to get all Windows Updates in place. The firewall seems to be enabled. However, I cannot get to the Task Manager, the Registry Editor and I cannot change the background wallpaper. There is also an icon I CANNOT get rid of in the task tray - it is a red circle with a white X in it occasionally showing a popup bubble that the computer is infected.

I have installed the latest versions of AVG AV protection and have run a full system scan. Please please...any advice?!

Here's my results:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 1:12:28 PM, on 1/24/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
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A:Task mgr unavailable, cannot use regedit, cannot change background display etc

I'll go ahead and apologize for coming across as a total smarta** here but I'm very surprised I got no response whatsoever from this email.

I wondered if I didn't put the appropriate heading or information...not sure why I didn't get any response. Then again I don't know what the usual response times are for this site. I ended up reloading the OS and so far so good.

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I have disabled off line reading of NEWS app. Still news background task host runs and accesses internet and consumes bandwidth. How to stop news background task host consuming bandwidth.

A:stopping news background task host using net bandwidth

Got to services(not the one in task manager but the one in control panel-Administrative tools) right click the service-go to properties and either pick Disable(not really recommended) or Manuel(better which will run it only when you click the icon. Also metro apps keep running in the background when you close it by clicking the red X(that only closes the window). To completely close an app grab the title bar(the top) and drag & drop it to the bottom, and it will kill the app until you re-click the icon.

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Hello! I'm new here so I will make this short. I installed Windows 10 (10130 build) and I love it. The only problem that I'm having with it is this Photo Background app that eats my cpu(30-40%)! When I start up windows I need to kill it in task manager everytime. But even after I kill it if I leave my laptop in idle it still comes back. I want to understand what this Photos Background Task Host is doing, his functionality... I want to understand it. I searched in google and all solutions pointed to the camera of the laptop... yes I have a camera, I also deactivated it but the problem still persists. I just want to know what it does in detail. Why should I let it use my CPU??? Thanks!

This solved my problem: Apps - Re-register in Windows 8 and 10

A:Photos Background Task Host - High CPU usage!

Do you have lots of photos on your machine or on onedrive?

Photo App is the default photo viewer in win 10, so it will be importing all your photos and auto enhancing them (unless this is now an optional feature)

what happens if you let it run after boot instead of killing it, does it eventually settle down?

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I turned my computer on a few hours ago and it loaded fine from the welcome screen but when it brought up my screen where the icons and files appear it was blank. Task manager is the only thing I can access but it gives me an error on most commands especially the new task command, when i tried to make it load up explorer.exe it gave me the error and then quit. I can access firefox using the new task command and if I download a file it shows all my other files as well so they exist but I can't reach or interact with them.

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Well, I fell for it and opened the WhatsApp voice message waiting email.  It opened up a zip file, with an .exe file and that's when I ran into all of my problems.  Browser (Google Chrome) started opening various random sites.  I ran Malwarebytes and had two Email.Trojan items that were put into quarantine.  I ran AVG which came up with nothing.  I ran ComboFix and CCleaner as well.  I don't know if I got rid of the virus however.  I have an administrative and guest side to my computer.  When I open the guest side and try to get my yahoo mail, the site comes up, but it won't work correctly (it looks odd, no images, when I click on mail, it does nothing).  From there, I went to my task manager and see that internet explorer is running in the background with mysterious sites and I don't have ie opened.  I'm not sure if this is related in any way to the WhatsApp virus, but I do know that I never had ie running in the background before I opened the .exe file.  Any suggestions or advice?  Thank you in advance.Edit: Moved topic from Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs to the more appropriate forum, due to the absence of any malware logs in the topic. ~ Animal

A:WhatsApp Virus / IE now running in background in Task Manager

Same here. Planning to reimage the machine but would prefer to have a solution because I think I will hear about more of these from friends and relatives. (I wasn't supposed to be that stupid but......)

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