Posted 29 May 2011 - 07:52 PM
I haven't posted on this forum in several years. The first time I posted, I was pretty foolish with computers and I had done something incredibly stupid. Since that incident, I've done my best to become vigilant and take control of my digital life. Now I find myself back here again. I guess I'm still a long way from being perfect.
I am unsure whether I have a trojan/virus or not. I ran Malwarebytes and Spybot yesterday, and all that came up were a few cookie trackers on Spybot. Mwb found absolutely nothing. By then, my computer had already been acting a little funny. I would open task manager, and task mgr would refuse to close or respond to clicks on the toolbar, yet would not say (not responding). The same thing happened with several taskbar programs like Flux, wifi, and others. Restart usually fixed it.
Today, I got scared into coming here because, as the title says, my desktop would NOT load at all for upwards of 20 minutes, even after several restarts and on->off->wait->on's.
I would get to the windows logon screen, enter my password, and then, it would just show the blank blue screen that comes up for half a second before windows loads the rest of your desktop. So, no menu bars, icons or anything.
FYI, I'm running a Sandy Bridge i3 around 2.2ghz, 4gb ram, intel HD3000 graphics, and a 500gb 5400rpm HD. My computer usually takes about 5-10 minutes to load everything on the desktop.
The funny thing was that I could still open the task manager with ctrl+alt+delete, and my entire file system was accessible. I started mozilla and came here immediately. Even funnier is that while typing this, for some reason, the rest of the desktop finally appeared. I had definitely been logged in for over 30mins at that point.
I wish I could isolate what is wrong, but unfortunately, I just installed a slew of software including Oracle 11g and middleware, plus a bunch of other stuff. I have several good system restore points saved, and my whole hd is backed up since before these problems started occurring, thank God.
Other things to note: I have never, not even once, run Windows Update. I also have had avast! free installed and updated on my computer since the day I got it.
Please advise where I should go from here. Thank you.