I don't have a Compaq. Feril_Android - yes it IS two separate problems. They don't happen concurrently.
I didn't mention that, at this same time, something knocked off every single one of my bookmarks on Firefox. That is definitely malware at work.
As for the diagnosis, jburd1800, I'm sorry if I wasn't clear enough. To me, the main diagnosis is what went wrong. To knowledgeable people, the cause of what went wrong is the diagnosis. I was saying I know specifically what went wrong. What I don't know is the cause, and I want to eliminate malware before calling in the big guys.
About 4 years ago, I had a big problem, and the whole BIOS had to be reinstalled by a pro. I don't know about the battery, though, if they changed it or not.
My equipment IS older, and I know of some problems that are entirely mechanical, like on bootup when it says the R/W RAM can't be read. I just reboot a few more times, and it doesn't give that message any more. THAT is certainly something to do with my equipment.
Setting the time/date back several days doesn't sound to me like it would be mechanical - for that, it'd just stop working or really go berzerk, or something. I once had a malware that changed the date/time on certain Java dlls. I just have to keep scanning for date/time errors to catch them, because no antivirus can.
Losing the mouse has happened before, but not often at all. My mouse is infrared and 2 years old. Now it seems to unload itself more often, and on applications where it usually doesn't occur. The only solution I have is to reboot, and that makes a big mess sometimes when I lose stuff. Is there a way malware can unload your mouse?
What I am asking is if anyone knows of malware, with a name I can research, that would do these things. This is because no antivirus program catches everything. If I have a malware name, I might be able to scan specifically for it.
I know I am not - at this point - considering the mechanical, but I will, later on. These things have the "smell" of malware in them. I know that's not being totally analytical.
If I can be fairly sure it isn't malware, then I'll look at mechanics. A pro would do it in reverse, I know, but I'm not a pro.
Does anyone know of a site with a database of malware of all kinds, and for each one giving a description of exactly WHAT it will do, the kinds of problems they can cause? I'd sure like to know if there is such a site.
Thanks for responding.
Edited by faster, 06 February 2013 - 11:11 PM.