I have a problem for you guys that i'm hoping to get help with.
Just the other day I booted up my computer only to realize that i couldn't open any programs (firefox, skype, word, excel etc.) After double clicking icons it wouldnt pretend to load them by making the circling cursor but would stop. I also couldn't start them from the program directory either. I am curretnly using my laptop to write this as i can't get the internet on my computer either.
I rebooted in safe mode and nothing changed., I couldnt access anything. I'm suspecting a virus, but am totally clueless of how to deal with it seeing as I cant run any anti virus programs or download anything to this computer. Its strange because i had recently run my antivirus program about 2 days ago. My friend has tried eliminating various sources of the problem but is also clueless as to what this could be and suggested I simply reformat. Ultimately i feel I am going to have to but it would quite the burden since all my windows disks and programs are at my house (Im currently at school, many hours away from home.) and It might be weeks till I am able to do this.
If anyone has any suggestions or has encountered this problem before I would greatly appreciate any advice or suggestions
I have tried to system restores in both safe and normal mode multiple times, but after about an hour of waiting each time I figured that it was either frozen or not working. Probably has to do with whatever is also affecting the programs.
The computer takes noticeable longer to load the desktop probably at least 3x longer than what im use to. As far as im concerned their aren't any abnormal processes taking place when I opened the task manager, but I've read that viruses can also hide themselves in this critical processes as well.