Just today, after a brief power outage, I booted my computer to find some further strange behavior. After selecting my profile upon startup, there is a good 30-second gap of blank background before explorer.exe appears in the task manager and loads my desktop. Once my desktop loads, the Windows XP Themes service appears to have been disabled, and only the Windows Classic theme is available until I manually start the service. According to the network connection icon in the taskbar, my Local Area Connection has "Limited or no Connectivity," and is neither sending nor receiving any packets. But if I plug the ethernet cable into my laptop, it works just fine. In the Task Manager, I noticed a suspicious-looking executable running from the sys32 directory. I removed it and the associated registry key, but can't remember the name of the file. In Safe Mode, my wired network adapter does not appear in the list of Network Connections, though my motherboard's network adapter appears functional in the device manager. MBAM has turned up no results.
At a loss, would majorly appreciate assistance.
Edit: Oh yes, and rkill consistently kills nothing but itself.
Edited by deadward, 31 May 2010 - 07:03 PM.