hoping I'm in the right forum, but here goes
win xp v. 2002 sp2
amd athlon 2.09ghz
3 logins, all sys admin(parents), one pw protected(mine)
running trend micro pc-cillin, updated the day before the connection died (see below)
problems, in order of appearance are as follows:
Desktop tab under display properties missing
Simi-solved, via a registry entry from http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
Now, the 'browse' tab is grayed out, you cant change the wallpaper, and old the desktop wallpaper is not showing. Weirdest thing is that under two other logons, the display tab and the browse button are present and functioning.
Second: in an attempt to diagnose/fix the first noticed problem, I found out ctrl-alt-del does not bring up the task manager anymore. I can still access it from run, but not via the 3-finger salute. this is across all 3 logins.
Third: network connectivity is b0rked, but again in an extremely odd way. Connection is a PPPoE DSL connection, firewalled with the above mentioned firewall/av software. It will connect, and an FTP request works from the command prompt, but IE/Firefox/win update/trendmicro update/ ect will not connect, nor will a ping from another computer be replied to. This is with the firewall on or off. plugging my laptop into the same network cable works fine (That is what I'm typing this on now).
All these set off my suspicions about maelware. After trendmicro came up empty, HJT and poking at the known registry locations where that junk usually hides, dumping all the temp folders, tossing out the BHO's, im coming up blank with how or why. That computer has no viable connectioN atm, but ill toss up a HJT log the hard way later tonight. Until then assume the system is clean.
suggestions, thoughts, laughter?