When I got it I could not open up Internet Explorer at all (nothing happened when I clicked on it).
I also couldn't open the Control Panel.
And when I tried to open msconfig, it said it's not found.
There's probably more but that's all I've noticed so far...
Same problems if I reboot into safe mode, IE and Control Panel don't work.
I ran Malwarebytes on it and it found some Adware, which it cleaned up. I wasn't thinking and didn't save the log.
I also ran the Avast quick scan on it, and it found nothing.
I noticed if I reboot into safe mode and go into the built in Administrator account, IE and the Control Panel work.
I also noticed that it had IE6 installed. So I updated to IE8 hoping it would fix some problems.
After I updated the Control Panel still won't work, and IE opens, but then closes right away.
I also do not have a disk for it (so I can't try running SFC)
It's running Windows XP Home, and I have a Windows XP Pro disk.
So it's looking more and more like a virus/malware infection.
EDIT: one more thing I forgot to mention, when I was installing Malwarebytes, when the installer was creating the shortcuts I got an error: CoCreateInstance failed; code 0x80040154 Class not registered.
The install completed after that but the shortcuts weren't created.
EDIT 2: something I just noticed; if I double click on IE (or any shortcut) nothing happens, but if I right click and click open it opens. This doesn't happen if I navigate to the folder where the .exe exists and double click on it.
Also if I open IE by clicking on C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe, it doesn't close but instead hangs right away before it displays anything. And I verified the shortcut for IE did point to iexplore.exe in the correct directory.
Double click on IE shortcut - nothing happens.
Right click -> open on IE shortcut - opens and then closes right away.
Double click on iexplore.exe - opens and then hangs forcing me to close with task manager.
Double click on Adobe Reader shortcut - nothing happens.
Right click -> open on Adobe Reader shortcut - opens and stays open.
Hopefully that information will help.
Edited by Tehyoda, 11 September 2012 - 08:51 AM.