Running Windows XP Pro
So I have some interesting issues and I'm having a heck of a time to resolve them. It started out where I had attempted to install a license for a movie I was trying to watch in Windows Media player. It never seemed to download and I ended up doing end task on it. Yes, this was a downloaded movie
. At any rate, things were sluggish before this occured, but were worse since. I rebooted, and when I did, first thing I noticed was my start menu bar had the Windows classic look to it instead of the green and blue XP look. I tried opening IE and got the hourglass for a moment and then nothing. Looking in task manager, I could see iexplore.exe for a split second then it disappeared. I tried re-registering some DLL files, but this hasn't helped.
I searched online (on another computer) and tried some tricks that involved loading windows with minimal services, and this seemed to make it worse. I couldn't load IE, but I could play world of warcraft. go figure. I'm writing this now while in Safe Mode. My audio doesn't work if I load iTunes, or YouTube, but I can hear startup and shutdown wavs.
I installed Spybot S&D but can't launch it. I can't even install AdAware. I ran my Cogeco Security software and it found 23 viruses. I did Clean/Quarantine on all of them, rebooted, but still have issues launching IE, or running much of my software. Also, when I do get IE loaded, and I go to a search engine, I can search for something like 'recipes'...but when I click on a link, it comes up with something that looks like scam pages...not the link I clicked. I still feel I have viruses, or malware, or something. I'm not sure what to do next, or what options I have. Any advice is greatly appreciated.