I never thought I'd be having to reach out for help again....
Well, I've noticed over the past few months that my computer has been getting slower...and slower. So yesterday (10/28/2017), I decided to try to do something about it. I upgraded my MBAM and ran a scan, to see if there was anything on there that was gumming up the memory. I also downloaded RKill and Emsis Anti-Malware from here, just to see if either of them could aid in getting anything that MBAM may have missed. In addition to that, I opened up my task manager and disabled a few things (nothing system-related) that were set to open on boot-up, which may have been eating up precious memory. It seems, that in my efforts to GET RID of something, that I've actually AWOKEN something.
I can no longer activate the Task Manager. It simply tries to load it and gives me a basic error, and offers hitting "Esc" or the "Power Button to shut down/restart" as a solution, should continue having problems. I've never sen that before today...
My designated web browser "Opera" no longer opens, even after three system restarts. So far, it seems Chrome is the only browser I can use.
Trying to access any type of system function such as a System Restore brings me an error message about "inconsistent attributes".
The icing on the cake is that I can no longer open rkill without the same "inconsistent attributes" message, and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware won't open at all...no error messages, no nothing. It simply begins loading and it stops. Any type of anti-anything software seems to be a no go, other than Emsis. I was only able to run Emsis Anti-Malware, but after the scan and subsequent restart was accomplished, I was back to the same issues, with nothing changed.
EDIT: Please forgive me for the extremely vague title. I was really frustrated and I didn't realize that I couldn't go back and edit the title of the thread. Anyway, I'd like to share a few more details to add, I'm pretty much unable to run just about anything that ends in ".exe". I just tried open up a few media players to watch a video, and no matter what software it is, it either will not run at all, or it will take several minutes to load and then give me an error message that says
The extended attributes are inconsistent.
This happens for just about every program, except for Google Chrome.
I tried to grab a screenshot of one of these error messages, but that requires me to either open up Windows Paint or Snagit to run. Neither which I'm able to do. When I try to run paint, I get the following message:
The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000005). Click OK to close the application.
This is seeming strangely similar to an issue I ran into with Windows 7 a few years ago, but I can't remember any of the details. And anyway, like I said, I'm running Windows 8.1 these days. This computer is used for my work, as well as my schooling. And this isn't looking too good at all. Any suggestions?
Edited by TheRealJustan, 29 October 2017 - 06:52 AM.