So glad I found your forum. It looks like a wonderful training ground for Security Engineers in training. Am working on my CISSP, but my first passion is large program and project management. Yes! I am one of those PMs that chases you for a deadline.
Used to be really up on this stuff, but when you don't do it all the time, you lose it. I have been and continue to be gutsy enough to go and manually edit the registry to remove unwanted software and to change settings to make it work the way I want it to. But haven't done any of that on this laptop.
I am posting my strange issue under Malware removal.