"tcp.exe - application error The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000005). Click OK to close the application."
every time I ran a .exe file. I found that I could still launch them when running them as administrator. I checked task manager processes and PING.exe was dominating every other process. CPU usage hovering 80%-100%. There were around 7 or 8 sbchost processes, some network, some system, some local. I get redirects on google and found that my firewall is turned off; couldn't turn it on, as there was an error every time I tried. Chrome/IE were using a proxy and not connected to the internet, so I had to go in and change that. They go back to using a proxy every computer restart. My start menu and window borders switches to the Windows 2000 look for around 2 seconds every once in a while. This seems very close to the issues people on here were having with the fake 2012 Security software but I never downloaded nor do I see any trace of such fake anti-virus software. I don't want to do a clean install as I have dozens of times in the past with my other computers. This Vaio is barely a year old and I'd love to get some help on this.
I'm running Windows 7 64-bit.
Thanks in advance!
Edited by djhumanity, 18 December 2011 - 09:39 PM.