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It sounds like you could have a virus or other malware. Get your antivirus program up to date and boot into Safe Mode. Note that some viruses can hide themselves from your antivirus program in normal mode, so you really need to scan in Safe Mode. To get into Safe Mode when you first power up, hit F8 about once a second until you get the menu and select Safe Mode. Then run a full system scan. If that fixes it, fine. If not, use System Restore to go back to a date prior to the beginning of the problem. To run System Restore, click Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - System Restore. Click the box that says Show more restore points. You can check for corrupted system files. Open an administrator command prompt and run SFC if the above doesn't help. Click START, then type CMD in the search box, right-click CMD. EXE and click Run as administrator. Then from the command prompt type sfc /scannow. Finally if all else fails, you can check the rather cryptic system event log.

To do that click Start - Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Event Viewer. Once in Event Viewer click on the system log and scroll through the entries looking for those flagged "error" to see if you can find hints as to where the problem could be. When you get your system back in good working order, I urge you to back your system up to an external hard drive and make regular periodic updates to it. I hope this helps. Good luck.
Hi, Good bet the issue is caused by or aggravated by Norton which is known for causing strange issues. Norton/Symantec is known for causing strange issues and aggravating others. Best to uninstall it to test as merely disabling it will still allow pieces of it to install. Uninstall it and run the Norton Removal Tool to prevent trouble causing remnants from being left behind. Below are recommendations to use while testing, even better permanently. http://us. norton. com/support/kb/web_view. jsp? wv_type=public_web docurl=20080710133834EN ln=en_US http://social. answers. microsoft. com/Forums/en-US/msestart/thread/407bf6da-c05d-4546-8788-0aa4c25a1f91/ Here is what I use and recommend : (These are all Free versions and very effective. ) thrown at them.

Microsoft Security Essentials and Prevx have also proven to be very reliable and compatible. Use MSE and Prevx or Avast and Prevx however not all 3. Avast Home Free - stop any shields you do not need except leave Standard, Web, and Network running. I also have IE to always start with InPrivate Filter active if IE 8. Two versions of Avast are available 5. x and 4. 8x Avast 5. x - Home - Free - Stop the Shields you do not use (except File, Web, Network, Shield you want to stop - STOP. To stop the Orange Icon from showing an error indicator - http://www. avast. com/free-antivirus-download Avast 4. 8x - Home - Free - stop any shields you do not need except leave Standard, Web, and Network running. (Double Click Blue icon - details next to OK. - upper left Shields - Terminate those you do not use. ) http://www. avast. com/free-antivirus-download#tab4 http://www. microsoft. com/Security_Essentials/ Prevx - Home - Free small, fast, exceptional CLOUD protection, works with other security programs.

This is a scanner only, VERY EFFECTIVE, if it finds something come back here or use Google to see how to remove. http://www. prevx. com/ http://info. prevx. com/downloadcsi. asp http://www. pcmag. com/article2/0,2817,2346862,00. asp Also get Malwarebytes - free - use as scanner only. If you ever suspect malware, and that (no big deal), UPDATE it and then run it as a scanner. I have many scanners and they never find anything of note since I started using this setup. http://www. malwarebytes. org/ Hope this helps. Rob Brown - MS MVP - Windows Desktop Experience : Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.

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