My task manager will not start up. I have it pinned to my taskbar in win7, 64 bit, and clicking it makes the icon highlight up as if the window were open, just like my google chrome is highlighted when it is open, but the highlight goes away a few seconds later and nothing ever appears. It will not run through ctrl alt delete. It will not run through ctrl shift esc. It will not run by going into windows system and double clicking icon. It will not run from cmd. It will not run from right clicking the clock. No error messages are given.
I have scanned my machine with Norton 360, completely legit, full version. Nothing found. I used Norton's "Power Eraser" tool, for a rootscan, nothing found. I downloaded malwarebytes, which other than randomly blocking utorrent's access to certain ports, found nothing. I removed it afterwards to re-use utorrent. All of these scans have been full system scans, of both my OS and major tools (flash, java, browser, etc) which is on my 64GB SSD, and my 2TB HDD which has all my various downloads and games and random programs. Nothing found.
I have checked through all the various settings I could find from web searches, and the task manager is enabled, to use. No other problems with my computer have emerged. System restoring, or booting from my Windows 7 install disk (Ultimate) and choosing "Repair my computer" I have not done yet as I would like that to be a last ditch resort, not a fan of the random problems system restoring has created over the years, like misplaced drivers or missing files in core things like flash or my security problems. Granted those were all on older computers of mine, system restore I've only had to do twice since I built this computer anyways, one due to what was believed to be a fail or glitch in my original install of windows 7 and the other being an attempt to diagnose graphics problems, which persisted after restore which ruled out windows as the culprit.
Any advice or help you can give on the matter would be greatly appreciated, I will be checking back regularly to see if there has been any replies.