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 in terms of computer performance, but have become worse since.
After aborting the license install attempt, I rebooted, and when I came back up, the 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 files. If I go to Volume control (through start menu, as speaker icon in system tray is gone) I get the error message "there are no active mixers available. To install mixer devices, go to Control Panel, click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Add Hardware. this message will close"
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.
The way I've been getting IE to actually is through start menu -> run -> regsvr32 "c:\program files\internet explorer\ieproxy.dll" then the page seems to load. I've tried several online free virus scans but they have found nothing (pandasecurity) or didn't run (mcafee) due to having no ActiveX...and I can't seem to install it, or don't know how.
I also get this error message quite frequently...in fact, got it when I clicked the Post Topic button to add the initial message:
"the instruction at "0x75606e6a" referenced memory at "0x00000008". The memory could not be read. Click OK to terminate the program.
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.
Edited by sucosam, 04 March 2009 - 09:50 PM.