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How to hide a running program from task manager.


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pagandaddy

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Hi-
I'm trying to catch someone misbehaving on the computer while I'm not home. I'm running XP Home. I have PC Detective running but the problem is that they just go into the Task Manager and end task the program when they want to get away with something. If I can hide it from the Task Manager they will think it's not running and then I've got them. Is there any half-way simple way to do this???????
Thanks for the help
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Not sure how to hide a single task, but you can disable the task manager, so they cannot open it at all, heres how

Open My Computer > C: > Windows > System 32 > RegEdit

Expand the hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
Right click the right hand window, somewhere in the white area (you will probably have Disable Registry Tools already in there).
Create a new DWORD key using the following

Name: DisableTaskMgr
Then double click your new key and change the value to 1
Exit your registry and try opening task manager, it should be disabled, preventing users cancelling running services.

To enable the task manager again simply change the value of the new key to 0


Note: Take great care in editing the registry as its the heart of your computer, always double check your in the right place before changing things

Edited by Mark K, 23 November 2007 - 06:08 AM.

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Best to backup your Registry before editing. Wouldn't hurt to make a System Restore point.

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Hi-
I'm trying to catch someone misbehaving on the computer while I'm not home. I'm running XP Home. I have PC Detective running but the problem is that they just go into the Task Manager and end task the program when they want to get away with something. If I can hide it from the Task Manager they will think it's not running and then I've got them. Is there any half-way simple way to do this???????
Thanks for the help
Pagandaddy


Think the first question to ask is why do you want to do this, who do you suggest is misbehaving (how can you "misbehave" on a computer anyway? :)) and what are they alleged to have done?
Most requests to hide things in Task Manager are usually (though I'm not suggesting that you are doing this) for malicious purposes.
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Personally, if it was my computer, I would lock out everyone from the computer while I'm at work. Even if that meant password protecting a lot of stuff. Windows XP Pro gives you a lot more control, but I would definitely would lock up the PC in what ever way possible. Some PCs have a keylock or one could be installed to remove power completely. Unless you have a large family that has access to your PC, you should have an idea who it is. If you have more then one User account, remove all the ones you personally don't use.

Ron

Edited by Major Payne, 23 November 2007 - 05:05 PM.

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