I'm kind of frustrated right at the moment.
I came home from work tonight and found my PC had shut down. When I rebooted, all the icons had shifted over to the left, and the first thing I noticed after that was that my antivirus wasn't running.
If I click on any icon except the short cut to my computer, I get the spinning cursor and then ... nothing happens. at all. no error, no program. just nothing.
I am able to get into internet explorer via going to the directory and clicking on the executable - however, nothing else runs via this method. I can access all my drives. I have unplugged the USB flash drive and have only the onboard drives connected.
There are no programs listed in the task manager, and nothing suspicious in the processes list (other than a surprisingly large number of SVCHOST tasks - about 8 or 9 of them).
I can't run AVG to scan for viruses, I can't run malwarebytes or hijack this.
One site I tried (from my partner's PC) suggested deleting the user account and creating a new one. Tried that. didn't help. Another suggested using regedit to alter two registry entries - but the entries didn't exist in my registry.
At this point I'd be out buying a new drive to re-install on, except that it's 11:30pm and nothing's open.
Anyone got any suggestions?