I resolved my issue by reinstalling the OS from the recovery drive. I lost some data but nothing not easy to replace. I would have recreated the shortcuts but out of the 40-60 things on my all programs list i would have never got them all. Plus i was unsure of what else i did that i just hadn't discovered yet. Besides i figured a clean OS install was overdue.
and yes lazyperson17 i have "tried restarting my computer", guess what? It didn't help. That's why i post my question here.