XP, SP3, all systems working fine in the AM (not connected to internet) and return in evening and every time try and launch a program or open a file get windows error that the path cant be found or do not have permission.
Havent tried to get on internet, I guess I should. But, no programs will run. Reboot, blah blah. Start in Safe mode and all programs, the ones I checked started up and the files will open. Tried running new version of Combofix but keep getting message it is out of date. Not sure why when I just downloaded and the splash screen showing current date is correct. Ok, so it wants to run in reduced mode…fine…just run. Splash screen says PC super shield and antivirus are still running. Hmmm, Taskmanger says they are not running. Click ok to continue scan anyway and program drops out and icon dissapers, like it just uninstalled itself. Ran FRST, but cant find log file on safe mode desktop. Ran RKILL, some message about pointers but don’t understand it. It was looking for pointers but the dates referened back to 2008 and earlier. Interesting, I created a new user account and that user was able to open any file and program while NOT in safe mode. Shut computer off last night, now that account is doing the same thing the next morning. Deleted that account and set up another one, but that one wont open programs or files. Computer uses Comodo firewall, PC Matic with Super Sheild, Malewarebytes Premium and Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit.
Not sure if this is virus or just windows has become corrupt. The drive is only about 4 months old, not that it would eliminate all possibilities of a hard drive issue but since Combofix wont run, I suspect not. Combofix not running seems odd, to me. Anyway, looking for advice so I don’t have to run Ghost and restore my drive.