Re-enable critical Windows’ components disabled by malware

One popular form of attack used by malware is disabling Window’s components such as the Command Prompt, System Restore, and Task Manager. Re-enable is a simple portable tool that allows users to easily re-enable Windows’ RegEdit, Command Prompt, Task Manager, Run, Folder Options, and System Restore:

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Using Re-enable cannot get any easier. Simply download the program, run it, select what you want to re-enable, and hit “Enable”.

Re-enable comes in two forms: one is a portable 36.7 MB download; the other is a 64 KB download but requires .NET Framework to be installed. Just a word of warning: a-squared Anti-Malware claims the non-.NET, portable one contains malware; however Avira did not detect anything, and Softpedia vouches it is 100% clean so the a-squared detection is probably just a false positive.

Last but not least, currently Re-enable is v1.00; in the next v2.00 the developer plans on adding the ability to re-enable many other Windows’ components:

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Screenshot by the developer

You can grab Re-enable from the following links:

Version reviewed: v1.0.0.0

Supported OS: Windows XP, Vista, Win7

Re-enable homepage

[Download link – 36.7 MB portable version]

[Download link – 64 KB but need .NET installed version]

[via Raymond.cc]

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  • @Prema:
    EDIT *come.. sry for the typo.

  • ashraf!! how do you come up with these articles.. like does it just cum to you and you look it up or something?
    it’s amazlingly awesome and these articles are just so well put :P

  • @jimorris77
    If you want a slightly more technical answer you can try reading this post http://dottech.org/tipsntricks/computer-programming/11118

  • Sputnik

    Hi Ashraf !

    Thank you again for your good work.

    Each day I don’t do anything with the GOTD offer till I see your review on it…

    Concerning the actual software, would you please let me suggest to take a look at “XP Quick Fix Plus”, which tou may find at this address :

    http://leelusoft.blogspot.com/2009/10/xp-quick-fix-plus.html

    Have a nice day to everybody :-)

  • hahaguy

    “so the a-squared detection is probably just a false positive”

    It isn’t “probably”…it IS a false positive. No doubts about that. ;)

  • Ken

    Thanks for another must have tool. You do such good work.

    Ken

  • OldElmerFudd

    Ashraf, very nice find, indeed. The thread in Raymond CC where hellnoire first asked the question that lead to this. I hadn’t planned on building a Win 7 Ultimate desktop back then (V.2, not out yet), but it was such a good idea, I started following it. The author is very responsive, and constantly incorporates suggestions when possible. http://www.raymond.cc/forum/general-forum/12672-re-enable-project-ideas-and-suggestions.html

  • Well, I haven’t tried any of them, but SAS claims to repair:

    Start Menu Run
    System File Checker
    System Tray
    Task Manager
    Windows Control Panel
    Windows Explorer Folder Options
    Home Page Reset
    Internet Zone Security Reset
    Local Page Reset
    Remove Desktop Screen Saver
    Remove Explorer Policy Restrictions
    Remove Internet Explorer Policy Restrictions
    Remove WinOldApp Policy Restrictions
    Remove/Reset Windows Desktop Background/Wallpaper
    Repair broken Network Connection (WinSock LSP Chain)
    Repair broken SafeBoot key
    Repair broken Windows System Restore Service
    Reset Desktop Components
    Reset Desktop Policies
    Reset URL Prefixes
    Reset Web Settings
    Reset Windows Clock Time Display (12 Hour Format)
    Reset Windows Clock Time Display (24 Hour Format)
    Reset Winlogon Shell
    Reset ZoneMap Settings
    User Agent Post Platform Reset
    User Agent Reset

    Haha, that was exhausting.

  • Ashraf

    @Locutus: Ditto. However the developer of Re-enable does not specify which .NET is needed as far as I know.

    @Ozzie: You are welcome =).

    @Shi: You are welcome =).

    @Liam K: Not really sure; I have not explored SAS enough to know. Do you have any input on the matter?

  • How does this compare to the options in SUPERAntiSpyware?

  • Shi

    Neat! I definately put this in my toolbox. Thanks

  • Ozzie

    Brilliant find, Ashraf! A must-have tool by the look of it! Many thanks!

  • @jimorris77: .net is a “software framework” which some people program in. It’s designed so that instead of having to program every little bit of the code, developers can call on pre-existing pieces of the framework- the reason that the portable is almost 37MB larger than the non-portable one. To tell which version you have installed, paste %systemroot%\Microsoft.NET\Framework into the address bar of a window. Open one of the folders inside (v3.5, v3.0, v2.0.50727, v1.1.4322, v1.0.3705) and right-click the Mscorlib.dll file, and then click Properties. Look at the Version tab: that’s the version of .NET you have. (source: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/kb00318785.aspx)

    If you keep your computer updated then you probably already have the latest version.

  • jimorris77

    What exactly do you mean by .net installed ?

  • Ashraf

    @RoseD1st: You are welcome =).

  • RoseD1st

    Oh my this looks very handy to have :) Thanks Ashraf