Hi, My daughters Laptop a NOVATECH branded running Windows XP Professional V2002 SP3 on an mobile AMD Sempron.
The problem appeard (according to my daughter) last week.
1/ Either using the Synaptics touch pad or a Mouse Pointer(USB) when left clicking once on an ICON on the desktop the "Confirm Shortcut Delete" dialog appears and this is generated 6 times (alt tab shows 6 boxes) after which require replying cancel.
2/ Task Manager, when clicking the Processes Tab, the highlighted process generates a "Terminating this process" message with the yellow warning triangle continuously and only rapid clicks on the left synaptics button stops it..
3/ When in edit mode in notepad (not tried other editors) the data in the edit pane is deleted from the bottom to the top.
4/ In REGEDIT hightlighting anything in the right hand pane generated the "are you sure you want to delete this" message
This is rendering the laptop almost unusable.
What I have attempted so far:
1/ Googling the net has not generated any similar reported problems.
2/ I have run windows update
3/ I have checked firewall and antivirus are updated and have run scans (Zone Alarm Suite)
4/ I have run Spybot S&D, Spyware Doctor and a-Squared Anti-Malware
5/ I am currently running Kapersky online scanner
Any help would be wonderful, my own thoughts are that the registry has been "Tampered" with, but I am not that sure.