Initially, my computer was acting strange. It took a long time to get to the internet and my screen was blinking. I thought the cause was spyware, but now I'm thinking it may have been a combination.
I scanned with malwarebyte and found some spyware and got rid of it. The same symptoms kept going on so I spoke t the person who takes care of my computer. He told me it might be a "rootkit" virus but he could not help much more.
I ended up reformatting the computer and it turned out that the video card was bad. It looked funny on the screen and it was still blinking. I disabled the driver, the blinking stopped. I looked in the device manager, the ethernet controller was not found and nor was the video controller. A generic video driver was used.
Because the ethernet controller is disabled, does this mean the network card is bad as well? I get to the internet with no problem and with the generic video driver I get video with no problem.
I am so confused why the correct video driver will not work with my video card and a generic driver works? Why does it look like my network driver is installed when it says the ethernet controller no found.
Can someone tell me whats going on here????
The bottom line is that I am confused on whether this was caused by spyware or some coindence.