Our 11 year old Vaio with xp-home has been running slower than dried mud lately. I've already defragged what is left of the free disc space (about 16%), and did a disc cleanup. Avast for the last 3 scans has found many files that cannot be scanned. About 2 weeks ago, they were all .dll files. I tried to do a speed test earlier tonight (for other reasons as we are on a satellite ISP and I need to find something faster), which failed due to "latency test error". I ran another Avast scan to see what changed and now there are many more files not able to be scanned, some .dll, .png and many others. Unfortunately I did not make screen prints of the results. and I did not run the 2 spyware downloads, or the 2 malware downloads noted in a different tutorial yet. I hoped I could make it all go away by restoring back in time. all of this is background info to get to my point; I read thru many tutorials and now forums, but need further help.
after working thru the tutorial, clicking and unclicking the turn off system restore button, I tried to do a system restore to a previous point in time and only see today's restore point bolded on the calendar. tried to go back to find other restore points but the calendar will not go back in time. I see no sense in restoring the computer to today's restore point, as there is a problem now. but see no other options in the restore point calendar.
help!! it's too late/early...and I'm stopping for now... ( I am typing this on a newer laptop. so I can read the tutorials and refer back to the stuck Sony Vaio)
Edited by Orange Blossom, 29 December 2011 - 12:32 AM.
Moved to AII. ~ OB