Posted 20 June 2012 - 11:58 PM
I had something strange happen on one of my laptops couple a days ago.
I opened it up. I'm on XP. The first thing I noticed was that my Show Desktop icon in the bottom quick-launch bar was missing. Other icons were all there.
Next I opened Google Chrome, and the bookmarks bar was gone and my start pages had been replaced with the standard "new tab" page that you see when you click open a new tab (big icons for Chrome Web Store, Gmail, Youtube, Google search). I also noticed that a Skype button had been added at top right next to Settings icon.
The next thing I saw was that when opening up MS Word or Excel, I get a dialog box that says Windows is installing something or other, to insert the disk. At another point it asked in a dialog box to enter my name (first box) and initials (second box). I don't remember seeing that one before. Initials?
Skype was logged out, it's normally set to sign in automatically. My username and password were not in the sign-in box, those were blank.
Firefox seemed unaffected.
Hoping there's a simple standard explanation for this kind of strangeness.