Windows cannot find rvhost.exe on XP Startup

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Hi there,

Every time I boot up my PC this error, "Windows cannot find rvhost.exe" shows up.

When I click OK to proceed, further I find out that saving or opening files takes up much longer time. Sometimes my computer just hangs up and when I try to access Task Manager a message show up saying "the task manager has been disabled by the administrator."

Please help me to solve this problem.


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Answered By 0 points N/A #123176

Windows cannot find rvhost.exe on XP Startup


I don't know if your computer is infected by a virus but if we are going to look on how your computer behaves, it is more likely the effect of a virus. And the fact that the Windows Task Manager has been disabled, if this is a normal error-thing that happened to your computer, as to my experience with some Windows errors, I think there is no normal error in Windows that will trigger for the Windows Task Manager to be instantly disabled.

I often encountered this type of problem where the computer shows extreme slowness and the Windows Task Manager is disabled. And sometimes the whole Windows Taskbar including the Start button disappears and what’s left is only an instantly opened Windows Explorer with all the icons in the desktop went missing also.

I don’t suggest that you install an antivirus at this stage because it will only be useless. Almost all of the operating system’s components are already disabled. If you know how to format your hard drive, this is the perfect time. Install Windows again and this time replace the previous antivirus you used.

Try some really reliable OS guards like Norton Antivirus and McAfee Antivirus.

Answered By 0 points N/A #123177

Windows cannot find rvhost.exe on XP Startup

  1. The solution is to boot in safe mode in order to be able to remove the virus. When you press the power button press F8 continuously until the screen brings on the a menu where you will choose boot in safe mode.
  2. After the windows have log on in safe mode.
  3. Press the windows logo + R, run window appears. Type gpedit.msc and click ok

The group policy window appears. Navigate on the left pane from:

  • User Configuration
  • Administrative Templates
  • System
  • Ctrl+Alt+Del Options

On the right of the left pane you will see inside window labeled Ctrl+Alt+Del Options,double click on Remove task manager another small window will appear. On the setting tab select not configured and the click ok.  By doing this you have enabled the task manager and have removed RVHOST.exe

To prevent this in future turn on your windows firewall and also install updated anti-virus software


Answered By 590495 points N/A #310752

Windows cannot find rvhost.exe on XP Startup


That system of yours sounds like it is infected with a virus. Some virus, when your computer is heavily infected, is capable of disabling the Windows Task Manager. To check your system, download Sophos Virus Removal Tool and install it. Once installed, start Sophos then wait until its virus signature database gets updated. Once update is complete, click to scan your computer.

The tool will scan everything on your computer including external devices connected via the USB port. Scanning will take some time to finish depending on the size of your drives and the amount of data they store. When a virus is found at the end of the scan, remove or delete it then repeat the scan over and over until it no longer detects a virus.

Once your system is clean, see if the slowness is gone. Note: if the Task Manager has been disabled, removing the virus will not restore the Task Manager. It will stay disabled. To re-enable the Task Manager, press the Windows key + R to bring up the Run dialog then type without quotes “gpedit.msc” then hit Enter.

In “Group Policy” window, under “User Configuration”, go to or expand “Administrative Templates”, “System” then “Ctrl + Alt + Del Options”. On the right, double-click “Remove Task Manager”. On the next screen, in “Setting” tab, select either “Not Configured” or “Disabled” then click “OK”. This should now re-enable the Windows Task Manager. See if this works.

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