Windows XP Home SP3
Hard drive 1 - 500GB
Hard drive 2 - 300 GB
Hard drive 3 - 250 GB
4 Gig RAM
Last night I shut down my machine after working on a digital art piece using PainterX and Photoshop CS3. It had been acting a little weird (hanging during bootup, needing force quit at shutdown, etc) so I ran a Quick Scan using Norton 360, and several diagnostics with IObit Advanced Care a bit earlier in the evening. When I started the machine today, it started normally, but I was not able to use anything. I got an error message about not having permission to use any programs on anything I tried to open, there were three icons on the desktop that I didn't put there (My Computer, IE 8, i forget the other one) and in general the machine acted as if it was the first time i'd ever logged on, wanting me to configure various services and programs.
When I tried to go to System Restore, i wasn't allowed access to any System Tools. All options were very limited, and menus were reduced to only a few actions, as opposed to 20 or 30.
A couple of clues: When I ran IObit Advanced System Care, it listed a Registry Key as a threat and offered to repair it (even though I had unchecked the Registry Scan option, having heard Registry cleaners did more harm than good). I allowed the program to repair it. It was named "False Key" which sounded to me like something that needed repair if anything did. After the scans and stuff i just went back to working on my art piece.
What does it sound like? I've running a Norton antivirus scan on that drive after logging onto the second hard drive. I had to spend a couple hours updating stuff on the drive before I could use it safely.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Edited by hamluis, 05 February 2014 - 05:37 PM.
Moved from XP to Am I Infected - Hamluis.