Hi joe nelligan
The problems you are having could be Malware related.
I've noted that you have an open HJT log posted in the HijackThis Logs and Malware Removal
At this point, making any changes to your system could change the results of the posted log, making it difficult to properly clean.
Please continue following the HJT Team members instructions, as they should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.
This topic will now be closed, since you have an open log posted. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a PM.