- When I click on a hard drive (other than my primary 'c' drive) I receive this: "windows cannot find 'recyclers 6-8-49 1000117603-100029745-100004919-6611.com' Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file click the start button, and then click search." However, if I click 'explore' I am able to access files.
- When I click "windows update" I am redirected to "google.com" but strangely enough "http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/" is displayed in the address bar.
- If I try to download anything from microsoft.com I receive a "page can not be displayed" error page.
- IE crashes if I use MSN.COM to search for websites. Other web pages do not cause it to crash.
- I can not load anti-virus software because I receive a message saying "msi" file is missing and I need to download microsoft installer but I can't install it because of the above mentioned problem.
- Can't run Spybot
- Sometimes when clicking on links in websites I will be redirected to "ad sites". Like sites for anti-virus software or spyware software. (does that count as irony or was this virus/trojan/malware created by somebody with a sick sense of humor)
So, did another install of Windows XP but I did a "quick format" and once I got back up and running, same problem.
So once again, I installed XP but this time I did a "full format" and once I got it back up and running the problem is still there except for the fact that I no longer received the "recyler" error on my primary "C" drive (where I installed XP). The other two partitions are for programs and miscellaneous files and I still receive a recycler error on those.
So anyway, this morning I decide to that I'm gonna be smart and I will use my laptop to download the files from microsoft and then I'll just save 'em to a disc. Well, much to suprise (and anger) somehow, like magic, my laptop now has the same problem. I do share files between the two computers but it has been a week or so since the last time that I accessed my desktop files from my laptop or vice-versa.
Well that's the long and short of it. I really hope you can help me out.