I had already tried using a system restore point, but I tried it again for the "fun" of it. Neither time worked. System restore didn't give me any reason why... "it just failed to make any changes to the computer" or something like that.
I'm already running spybot, adaware and spyware blaster, but I downloaded a-squared, so I can try that too.
Also, one virus that I'm sure that I got came through Instant messenger program... I didn't realize until after I downloaded it that my friend did not intend to send me the link... I didn't open the file, but I would assume that it could self-open and Trillian no longer works now (although AIM continues to function normally)... presumably because of that virus. I don't know if this could affect the display settings, but it might...
thanks for all of your efforts!
I'm also running norton anti-virus and firewall, both are current, though I will check for updates.
Update: For some reason the darn thing has started refusing to do anything involving internet.
I restarted in safe mode and ran all the spyware/adware/virus programs (norton antivirus, adaware, a-squared, and spybot)
For whatever reason while in safe mode I can view in "medium" color but only 800 x 600 resolution... and I CAN access the internet in safe mode, but not normally.
More bleeping computer fun...
Edited by lwwhistler, 20 June 2005 - 11:35 PM.