Overall I believe I have one or more registry errors. Since I have little to no knowledge on how to run the inner workings of My Computer's various files and folders I am here for advice. I'm also curious as to how I can turn on my Virus Protection in my security center.
I've had this computer since February 2009. A friend put it together for me. I have no XP disc. It came with Symantec Antivirus installed. The auto-protect appears to be enabled, and it is locked. I cannot perform Live Update, so I'm stuck with a 3 year old version. The Virus Protection setting in my security center is set to Off. How do I change it to On?
Other programs I have used in this time include Superantispyware, and Malwarebytes.
Now for the main problems.
In the past while doing scans with Superantispyware, one of the "threats" it detected was a Broken File Association. The computer was working fine so I wasn't sure what the problem was. Fixing it did nothing, but it would be detected every time I scanned. About a month ago I did an update and the program received a new version. All new look, etc... I did a scan and the BrokenFile was there again. I once again got rid of it thinking nothing would happen yet again. I even thought of sending a message of a false positive, but didn't. Anyway the result started my problems.
Later that day while on DeviantArt I went to full view a picture and got a pop-up that "Windows cannot open this file: jqsnotify.exe". I looked up the problem and some said they got similar messages when opening their browsers. So I closed Firefox, opened it again, and got the message "Windows cannot open this file: firefox.exe". All the programs were like that. They were opening, but I always got the messages. So I did some searching and wound up downloading ExeHelper. It solved the problem, but only temporarily as with my next boot up some icons weren't appearing and the messages were back. I found another program called exefix_xp, but it does the same thing. Do I have a registry error? Why are the fixes only temporary?
Next problem began just 2 days ago. I think it's related. I was hooking up my camera via usb to upload some pictures. Turning it on in the usual way I was expecting to see options on how to view the pictures as I always do. This did not appear. Going to My Computer and clicking on it manually I get the message "The disk in drive f is not formatted. Would you like to format it now?" The SD card in the camera is just fine. I even hooked up my card reader and used the SD Micro from my cell phone. Same result.
From there I went searching for solutions but came up empty. I did a full scan with Superantispyware, and just found tracking cookies. I did a full scan with Malwarebytes, and found nothing. I did a disc clean up on both drives C and D, and defragmented both. I downloaded and ran CCleaner. It found and removed nearly 1GB of crap from my system. Did a scan and fix of the registry. Restarted the computer and...no change. So I went to a forum I frequent and asked questions.
Today when booting up the computer I got a new one. "Windows cannot open this file: mbamgui.exe" Hitting cancel the computer completed start up and I continued on with my search.
Back at the forum some recommended I use Spybot. Well I downloaded it, scanned, and found a Trojan which I then wiped out. It also detected my downed virus protection. So as of the following restart I now get a pop-up in my system tray regarding my security center (and the mbamgui.exe message is gone). Yet still no change. The last person to reply to me over there recommended I come here, so here I am.
So I have to ask, what the "bleep" is wrong? Thank you!
Also, I tend to wonder if downloading these various programs to scan and such is really just making my hole even deeper to get out of.
Edited by hamluis, 19 September 2011 - 09:23 AM.
Moved from XP to Am I Infected.