Mine does this too, uninstalled, and now since i have uninstalled it, i can't reinstall because i can't get a connection with ie7. (i was having this issue before too) I am at advanced computer user, uninstalled all questionable programs that i have recently installed, system is newly reloaded (4 months ago) all working fine, but then just crapped out.
my start bar has resorted to classic style, and things on my task bar (right side) are wierd. when i launch GOM to watch a movie it says no sound, i can't see my netcard in my Network Connections, and when i start digging around in the control panel, more specifically i was checking some services at a root level (i did say advanced user right? trust me, i have broken these things and messed them up beyond repair so many times i can't count, but then again you don't learn if you don't break em a few times right?) and i pretty much just wanted to see if it would close me out of it, and it did. just shut the window like that, i also tried grpedit and it wouldn't let me touch this or admin svcs as far as seeing which services are running. it won't let me start msi services either
when i start a program, any program i get a brief flash of a small window about installing something msi and it sort of flickers. never visible, but something is definately using resources, and primarily related to communications.
i can play games, open office docs, run adobe, burn movies etc, but internet related activities are not working
i have throuroughly uninstalled all antivirus and firewalls, and it is not connected online right now, but what steps should i take?
or how to best trouble shoot maybe?
sorry about the novel