Posted 21 December 2009 - 09:08 PM
I'm running Windows XP Home Edition, SP3, on a part-by-part-built computer.
Sunday night everything was running alright. Monday, everything went to heck in a hand basket.
I regularly multi-task with a few programs open, and other processes running. This time, I was watching a video file in Windows Media Player, had a Firefox browser open, along with a notepad, some accounting software (I have a home office), an excel spreadsheet, and possibly a couple other inconsequential things. All things I've had open simultaneously before, with no problems. A problem I've had before, the sound device not being detected, happened. That is usually fixed with a restart, and doesn't happen very often. Right on the heels of my sound going away, however, every program I had open began to quit. On excel and notepad I got the dialog asking if I'd like to save my changes. I clicked cancel on both, as I didn't want them to close, but they immediately did anyway. As soon as all the programs were closed, the computer shut down. I booted up again, and saw my sound was still missing. I hopped online to see if I could find a fix for it, however my internet connection stopped working, even though the icon in the system tray still showed a connection. I tried to repair the wireless connection, however it wouldn't go past "Disabling wireless adapter" and that window was unresponsive after that. I rebooted again, using the brief time between startup and the connection going out again to download and install AVG. I ran a full scan, which didn't find anything. After another reboot, my sound was back, and my internet connection would stay connected, however I now was getting redirected anytime I clicked on a link in Firefox. I tried IE, and it was the same thing.
I did a system restore, thinking if I reverted back to a couple days ago, it might fix the problem, but no go.
I've run scans with Malware Bytes, Hijack This (which I've used before on numerous occasions), and Spybot S&D, and only got a cookie or two that was found.
I'm at my wits-end with this, and can't think of anything else to do.
Help, please, before I decide to turn Amish!!