My computer hates me...and I'm starting to hate it! This relationship is going south. Had a friend try to clean it up and try to "fix" my issues with it but right now he's baffled too. I think I'm doomed (and will probably end up at the computer repair shop) but discovered this website and decided to ask "the experts"
I think I'll just list a few of the "multitude" of issues my computer is having (in no particular order) to see if you can guess what's going on...
Windows XP Professional
Dial Up (rural area...it's my only option...wish it wasn't so...)
>>When I try to set it to enable "Automatic Updates (Microsoft)" it won't stay "manual" or "automatic"...it continually reverts to "disabled".
>>Upon opening my e-mail program a new browser window pops up (address: knu-konceptz.com/free/html) with a blank page (no text)...then something about a BAT file...I can't remember right now...
>>Every time I start my computer and log on to the internet I run a scan with Microsoft AntiSpyware and SpySweeper and end up deleting at least 4 or more "problems"...only to have some of them come up again...again...
>>I had an older version of McAfee AntiVirus on it...but went to run a scan one day (after I had my first issues with spyware) and nothing happened. It said it was there in the start menu but would never "scan"...just the little hourglass...then nothing. So...I uninstalled that version and bought a brand new one a couple of weeks ago...but I can't install it. Nope...right now I got a nekkid computer! No antivirus software. I keep trying...it reads the disc and gives me the menu and the user's guide and all that other "text" stuff...but it won't install the software. What do I need to do?
>>Ended up with 1800SearchAssistant on there which I didn't download...I thought I had deleted the program but I can't get rid of "sac.exe:access is denied...so how do I really get rid of 1800SearchAssistant?
I hope I haven't totally screwed it up and deleted something I was supposed to have...but geesh, I'm getting bombarded with "stuff" everytime I run a scan and it's getting more annoying and frustrating by the day.
I feel like I've learned quite a bit just by lurking here, but I'm old...I come from the era of manual typewriters...and they say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. So, if you have any ideas about what to do to "fix" my computer...please speak in as many layman's terms as you can...the rest I'll learn to decipher...and be kind
Thanks a million!