The whole thing made me nervous so I tried to kill the process. Suddenly I started getting all sorts of error messasges in Windows of various windows components or services not being available...I couldn't even open Task Manager! So I held down the power key and did a hard shutdown.
Upon rebooting, Windows would no longer fully load. I get to the desktop screen where all my icons SHOULD start popping up and loading but it never happens...just hangs with only the wallpaper visible. I can access the task manager and Explorer is running. I've tried killing Explorer and re-booting it, but that didn't change anything. I've also completed a System Restore with no luck.
If I boot the computer up in Safe Mode, it loads just fine, HOWEVER--and I found this particular unusual--if I try to boot in Safe Mode with Networking I get the same hanging upon loading the desktop.
I've done a MalwareBytes and Spybot scan--nothing. Not sure if I'm victim of a really good scam or if my hard shutdown during and install corrupted something somewhere.
Edited by merkman, 10 May 2012 - 09:52 AM.