I have a Dell desktop running vista. I have AVG antivirus and haven't had any problems with it up until today. I used the computer last night with no problems, but when I turned it on today, it was showing that my antivirus program was turned off, and my mozilla icon had changed. When I clicked on the icons for mozilla, avg, and a few other security programs, I get a box that says the shortcut has been changed, or moved and do I want to delete the shortcut. I also have a program called "winpatrol" that shows me when programs are being changed or added to start up. Winpatrol keeps showing me that 4 items having to do with avg are being added to start up and asking if I want to allow that. I tried to use system restore three times with three different points and that doesn't change anything. When the computer restarted after using the restore points, I get the screen that shows windows did not start and that I needed to click on Repair windows, but when I click on that the screen just refreshes and doesn't do anything. I'm pretty sure this has something to do with an AVG update because the last restore point was before an avg update that happened at midnight last night, and all the boxes popping up about avg. I can't open avg to check the program, but in the security area of vista, it shows avg is running correctly and protecting the computer.
To make sure it wasn't a virus, I've run spyware terminator, and it shows a critical object:
Invalid start up item: hklm/ software/ microsoft/ windows/ current version/ run avg8 tray. It says it is an item linked to a non existant file in my registry.
I've tried to uninstall/ reinstall firefox, but afterwords, when I click on the icon, I get the blue windows circle for a second and then it stops and nothing happens.
Edited by Dborns, 28 January 2009 - 02:18 PM.