First of all, thank you for your volunteer hours to help people like me with their computer problems!
Just recently, my computer's internet access was lost. Internet explorer opens fine (I have Windows Vista Home Premium), however, the text simply says "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage" to any page I try to connect to. Doing a ping request to google.com also failed as it "could not find host". As well, the start bar at the bottome of the screen looks like the Windows 98 start bar (grey and old-looking) and the themes settings offer me no option of the Vista-looking bar. Right-clicking and trying to adjust the taskbar doesn't help; it says that my taskbar appearance is the Vista-look when it's not. When I try to play any music in Windows Media Player, it says, "Windows Media Player cannot play the file because there is a problem with your sound device. There might not be a sound device installed on your computer, it might be in use by another program, or it might not be functioning properly." As well, in trying to uninstall any program it says, "The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed. This can occur if the Windows Installer is not correctly installed. Contact your support personnel for assistance." These seem to be the problems I'm having as well as I can state it, I have a HJT and DDS logs attached. I ran gmer and the log file is empty (I closed the program accidently after the scan finished, but it said basically there was nothing to worry about). I have ran superantispyware in safe mode and found some adware tracking cookies, as well as a full scan with MBAM in safe mode and neither found anything significant. I ran ATF cleaner and cleaned everything and still all to no avail. Here are my logs!
Thanks for everything! I may take some days (3-6) to respond, please don't close my thread if I take some time to respond. I have two computers and I'm using a good one to try and fix the other one.