Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:03 PM
Solved my own problem. Searched for Device Manager Blank and found a website that had a method to fix that checked for PNP (Plug and Play) Service not working. Sure enough it was NOT working. Set to Auto and started it. Now Device Manager listed all devices, and magically also now it could Read my USB Key.
Then I tried to get on the internet but was again stopped. Found Network Connections was also completely blank. Did another search for that and came up with a MS Tip that asked me to again check Services and again found them disabled and had to set to Auto and Start. Now I had connections but couldn't get out from the LAN even on wireless.
Got to thinking some more about all these Services being disabled and so brought up msconfig. First page told the story. Startup Selection was set to Selective Startup and Use Original Boot.ini selected only. Changed to Normal Start up and rebooted. Everything now works normally.
Have no idea how it got in this situation, but proceeded to run Spybot which found a few things and then ran complete passes of AVG and MBAM but neither found anything. At least for the moment, it appears everything is fixed. So probably, I entered this occurrence in the wrong forum, although it DID smell like a Virus.