Posted 03 July 2010 - 09:17 AM
A couple of days ago while watching a video, the sound just cut out, no warning, error message or anything. When I double clicked the speaker icon in the system tray, the slider in the 'wave' section was right at the bottom. I dragged it back up and the sound came back, but after a while it happened again.
Also, when I open task manager, I see that there are two instances of iexplore.exe running, and I don't use Internet Explorer. When I try to end the processes, they just come back within seconds. Occasionally, an internet explorer window pops up but it's always a http 404 error ('this page cannot be found', or something along those lines).
I'm not sure if the two are related, but when I blocked iexplore.exe with a program called Process Blocker, as well as no popups appearing, the sound seemed to stay on though it could have been a coincidence.
I use Avast and have done scans with that as well as Spybot S&D and a quick scan with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, fixed everything they found but that didn't fix the problem.
Any help or advice on what to do would be much appreciated.