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  1. Hi, I saw your answer on SE (https://superuser.com/questions/682273/removing-or-disabling-chrome-s-task-manager-with-a-batch-file) about using hotkey to prevent access to the Chrome task manager. I am not really an expert with hotkey or even computers in general and am unsure about how to go about your method. I was wondering if you could help me a little.
    I have downloaded the software, copied and pasted word for word your code, and tried to run the script. However, every time I open the task manager, nothing happens. Is there anything you can recommend?

    1. (I don’t know if that’s your real email address, or if you’ll see this reply, so I’ll post to the SU page as well.)

      Chrome has changed a lot (a lot) in the past six years, many ways of which were for the worse (which is why I quit using it a few years ago and switched permanently to Firefox). I spent a few minutes to test the latest version, and as you said, this doesn’t work anymore. There are a few reasons this could be the case:

      • You need to run AutoHotkey with elevated privileges (though I tried this and it still didn’t work)
      • Windows 10 works differently than previous versions and blocks intercepting the message that made the script work
      • Chrome changed how it does things like creating the Task Manager window and instead of doing it the normal OS way, it does it its own way that functions differently and needs to be reverse-engineered to try to figure out a way (if any) to make it work again.

      Sorry I couldn’t be more help; I usually roll up my sleeves and dig in to find solutions for people’s problems, but Google just insists on controlling everything and this one is too hard to knock out a quick fix (if any practical fix is even possible at all). This inability to have proper control and secure the browser is just another example of why Chrome is worthless and should be avoided. I hope you take that into consideration, and if you cannot switch to something else like Firefox or Brave, then I wish you good luck on your quest to find a solution.

      1. Wow, honestly did not expect a response. Thank you so much!

        To be entirely honest, I am trying to do this whole thing because I use Cold Turkey Blocking software. In the past, it worked perfectly, but after I discovered how to disable it with the Task Manager, it has become obsolete. The developer recommended switching to Firefox, but I’m hesitant to do that in fear of losing all of my saved passwords, extensions, and bookmarks, and data (it’s nice that I can sign into my chrome profile on different computers and retain access to my passwords). I suppose that there really isn’t another choice and will have to start to seriously consider a move.

        Thank you again for all the help. I am truly grateful!

        1. I’m always happy to help solve problems.

          For all of Google’s false talk about security, they really seem to have overlooked the issues that could arise with Chrome’s task-manager. Corporations would likely want to block it to prevent employees from killing productivity/blocking extensions and or kiosks block it to prevent vandalism or hacking or whatever. I’m baffled that after 11 years, Chrome still doesn’t have a way to disable it. But then, that’s one of the reasons that I quit Chrome, because the devs were wasting time on features that nobody wanted instead of working on stuff people asked them to. I’d suggest requesting that they add a way to disable it, but considering their track-record, I wouldn’t hold your breath.

          You can disable the hotkey (Shift+Escape) that Chrome uses to open the task-manager with AutoHotkey (+esc::return), but that doesn’t help much since there’s at least two other ways to access it which AHK can’t (easily? 🤔) block.

          I do suggest you consider switching to Firefox for many, many reasons. Fortunately, the concerns you mentioned aren’t a problem because Firefox can import pretty much everything from Chrome including bookmarks, logins/passwords, etc. and you can create a Firefox account to sync your data so that you can move seamlessly between systems.

          The only thing that might be a problem is extensions, but unless you’re using a really esoteric or niche extension, you can usually find comparable, or even better replacements in the Firefox add-on library (I had to give up SessionBuddy when I switched, but found TabSessionManager which I’m happy with). Also, many extensions support import/export of their settings, so you can export your settings from the Chrome extension and import them into the Firefox add-on, thus making the transition even smoother.

          I get that change can be very unpleasant, I am still using Windows 7 and forcing myself to prep to switch to Windows 10 soon. Fortunately switching browsers isn’t nearly as big of a change. I was surprised how quickly I got used to living in Firefox. 👍😀

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