Opera looks funny all of a sudden, and so does FF. I don't do much unusual on the laptop but on this day I did. I opened an email account using my old version of Opera.
Right after that, the Opera toolbar looked a little different, with a second, smaller min/max/x in the upper right, just below the normal one. Some of the Opera icons were gone and could not be re-selected and put where they were. The "File Edit View..." thing on the left is in a highlight that wasn't there before. And when I tried to remove and then bring back Opera, I got this error message saying that ie4uinit.exe can't be found. Yet I saw it right there in Sys 32 where it belongs.
Read stuff here and there, leading me to suspect that starting an Opera mail account with an old version (12) may have corrupted this file. Tried to copy it from another laptop and stick it in there instead, well, that didn't go over with Trusted Installer. Tried restoring to an earlier date, that didn't work.
Firefox doesn't look quite like it did before, either.
Norton says nothing's wrong. Opera and FF do function...they just don't look like they should.
As usual, when I read about computer problems, I get stuck on the part about cleaning the registry. I still don't know what the heck that is, never mind how to clean it.
It's an HP with Windows 8, 64-bit.
Don't know what the problem is or if it's bigger than just the look of two browsers.
Any wisdom appreciated.
PS: If I could get it to turn on, I'd still be using my xp.